4 Contact Hours

This course discusses the development of hand manipulation skills in children. The ability to manipulate objects helps children explore their environment while gaining the perception of confidence and mastery over their environment. Understanding hand manipulation will help occupational therapists, physical therapist and assistants develop treatment strategies to help children with hand manipulation issues.

Instructor: 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: 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 Elke H. Kraus, PhD, BSc. Occ Ther., Dip Ad Ed, - 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. Summarize and discuss ten stages in the development of object manipulation in infants.

2. Discuss how infants use exploration to develop hand manipulation skills.

3. Describe the development of in-hand manipulation during the toddler years.

4. Describe the functional importance of complementary two-handed use in children.

5. Develop a comprehensive treatment plan based on learned principles of hand manipulation.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Object Manipulation in Infants and Children

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3. Coursework - Object Manipulation in Infants and Children

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4. Course Final and Survey - Object Manipulation in Infants and Children

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The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion