4 Contact Hours

Description: The hand is both a functional and perceptual organ that uses motor activity to complete practical tasks while the perceptual component is primarily exploratory and information seeking. These two functions work together to carry out daily activities such shoe tying and buttoning. This course takes a closer look at the perceptual functions of the hand and how it impacts performance in daily tasks. Perception in children with disorders will be explored as well as the role of vision and cognition and clinical implications for treatment. This course is appropriate for occupational therapists and assistants.


Joel Desotelle, MS OTR/L

Joel is an occupational therapist who specializes in neurological disorders in children and adults. He received his Bachelors of Science (B.S) degree in occupational therapy from Keuka College (Keuka Park, NY) in 1995 and his post-graduate Masters of Science (M.S.) degree from Misericordia University (Dallas, PA) in 2010. He holds a post-graduate certificate in pediatrics from Misericordia University (2006) and has worked in a variety of settings from out-patient pediatrics to in-patient adults. Joel is an experienced author and instructor who has presented on a wide range of topics including stroke rehab, neuromuscular disorders, autism, sensory dysfunction, dementia, falls, and outcomes-based therapy.

Audience: OT, COTA

Skill Level: Intermediate

Contact Hours: 4

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 Sharon A. Cermak, - 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.

Course Objectives:

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

  1. Understand and discuss the development of perception in infants and children including recognizing shapes, textures, size, weight, and spatial orientation.
  2. Understand the role of somatosensory sensation and manipulation in perception.
  3. Understand the role of vision and cognition in perception.
  4. Assess perception in infants and children.
  5. Understand and discuss perceptual issues in children with disabilities.
  6. Understand the implications of perception for practice.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Perceptual Functions of the Hand

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3. Coursework - Perceptual Functions of the Hand

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4. Course Final and Survey - Perceptual Functions of the Hand


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion