5 Contact Hours

Description: Established handedness indicates hemispheric specialization and is highly important for the development of motor skills, language, and cognitive processes. Unestablished handedness is often associated with developmental delay and inadequate hemispheric specialization that can dramatically impact a child's performance in daily tasks. This course provides each learner with a comprehensive understanding of the development of handedness, how to classify and assess handedness, and provides intervention strategies that you can use to help children develop handedness for greater success at home, school, and in the community. This 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, PT, PTA

Skill Level: Basic to Intermediate

Contact Hours: 5

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. Classify handedness into categories.
2. Assess for hand preference.
3. Discuss factors that determine or influence handedness in children.
4. Discuss the development of handedness in children.
5. Discuss intervention strategies for unestablished handedness, switched handedness, and left handedness.


Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Handedness in Children

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3. Coursework - Handedness in Children

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4. Course Final and Survey - Handedness in Children

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The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion