2 Contact Hours

Description: We often think of sensory and motor components when considering motor skills. One component we often overlook is the role cognition plays on motor development and skill acquisition. Simple and complex tasks require attention, concept formation, memory, and perceptual skills to interact with our environment successfully. This course discusses the role of cognition on motor skills and provides a foundation for therapeutic intervention to work with children with motor deficits. This course basic to intermediate course is appropriate for occupational and physical therapists as well as 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, PT, PTA

Skill Level: Basic to 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 Ashwini K. Rao, - 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. Identify three important aspects to motor learning.
  2. Describe the role attention, perception, concept formation, and memory plays on motor development.
  3. Discuss Gentile's two-stage model of skill acquisition (learning).

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Motor Skills and Cognition

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3. Coursework - Motor Skills and Cognition

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4. Course Final and Survey - Motor Skills and Cognition


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion