4 Contact Hours

Description: When working with children with disabilities, achieving functional independence in daily living skills such as eating, dressing, bathing, and toileting is often a priority in therapy. While there are other elements to consider (ex. posture, cognition), this course focuses on hand development and the acquisition of self-care skills. This course offers a comprehensive breakdown of basic ADLs, discusses factors that impact the development of self-care skills, and provides a comprehensive resource of over 180 ADL milestones to help each therapist assess for delays. This entry-level to intermediate 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: Entry-level to 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 Anne Henderson, PhD, OTR - 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. Discuss the importance of self-care to a child.
  2. Identify and discuss five factors that influence the development of basic self-care skills.
  3. Discuss the chronology of self-care acquisition and be able to assess for delays utilizing the self-care skill acquisition tables.
  4. Discuss and summarize seven hand skills and how each impacts self-care skills.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Self-Care and Hand Skills

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3. Coursework - Self-Care and Hand Skills

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4. Course Final and Survey - Self-Care and Hand Skills


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion