2 Contact Hours

Description: In order to use our hands successfully, we need to be able to bring them together at the right place and right time. Catching a ball, for example, requires reaching out to position the hands and closing the hands at the right time, otherwise the ball will be dropped or missed altogether. This course covers mature reaching skills, development of reaching in infancy, and reaching skills in children with disabilities to provide each therapist with an understanding of reaching and eye-hand coordination to improve outcomes in children with coordination issues.


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, PT, PTA

Skill Level: Intermediate

Contact Hours: 2

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 Birgit Rosblad, - 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. Describe the role of vision and proprioception in our ability to reach for an object.
  2. Describe the development of reaching in infancy.
  3. Discuss movement planning, feedback control, and adaptation of reaching in children with disabilities.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Reaching Skills in Children

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3. Coursework - Reaching Skills in Children

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4. Course Final and Survey - Reaching Skills in Children


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion