Hand function is essential to achieving independence. Understanding the fundamentals of hand control is necessary to design an optimal therapy plan. This course discusses the role of the parietal lobe in hand-object interaction as it relates to grasp, motor learning, and function to provide you with a stronger foundation to treat children and adults with hand coordination problems. This course provides information for therapists who work with either pediatrics or adults.

Audience: OT, COTA

Skill Level: Basic and Intermediate

Contact Hours: 3

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA

Teaching Methods: Course content includes text from, "Hand Function in the Child: Foundations for Remediation, 2nd ed. (2006)" edited by Dr. Anne Henderson, PhD, OTR and Charlane Pehoski, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA PhD, - Copyright 2006 Elsevier, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all learning activities/handouts and pass a final exam to receive credit.

By the end of this course, each learner will be able to:

  1. Understand the three fundamental prerequisites to hand function.
  2. Understand the relationship between the motor cortex and hand function.
  3. Understand the relationship between the sensory cortex and hand function.
  4. Understand the role of the parietal lobe and vetral premotor cortex in preshaping the hand for functional use.
  5. Understand the role of the inferior parietal cortex and tool use.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives

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3. Coursework

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4. Course Final and Survey

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The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion