This course provides each therapist with a complete understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the hand and how it relates to function. The information provided will help each therapist understand how anatomy and physiology plays an important role in fine motor development and demonstrates how to integrate this understanding into the clinical setting. While this course is geared for pediatric therapists, it also provides valuable and necessary information for therapists who work with adults.

Audience: OT, COTA

Skill Level: 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)" written by James W. Strickland, - 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 embryonic development of the hand and upper extremity.
  2. Identify the bones and joints of the hand.
  3. Identify the major muscles and tendons of the hand.
  4. Identify the major nerves of the hand.
  5. Identify the functional grasping patterns of the hand.

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