Contact Hours: 2

Descriptions: As humans, we strive to fully and actively participate in life roles and learn to exist within our environment. Throughout our life span, we constantly develop or adapt our abilities and skills to live our lives in a satisfying and meaningful manner. The capacity to exist within the environment is influenced by our ability to function, and the quality of our functional ability is related to all aspects of development: physical, social, emotional, and mental. In this course for occupational and physical therapists, we approach development as an ongoing, lifelong process and explore its influence on functional movement ability.


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.

Course Text (required/Included): "Functional Movement Development Across the Life Span, 3rd Edition", By  - Copyright 2012 Elsevier, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Audience: OT, OTA, PT, PTA

Skill Level: Entry-Level to Intermediate

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA

Teaching Methods: Course content includes the text, "Functional Movement Development Across the Life Span, 3rd Edition", By  

Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all learning activities/handouts and pass a final exam to receive credit.

Course Objectives:

At the completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Define function as it relates to participation in life roles.
  2. Appreciate the interrelationship of all domains of function in everyday life.
  3. Discuss the relationship of functional abilities to health status.
  4. Discuss factors contributing to participation in life roles within the framework of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health.
  5. Appreciate life span issues related to participation and functional ability.
  6. Identify the aspects of physical function that relate to quality of performance.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives

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3. Coursework

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4. Course Final and Survey

Course Final and Survey


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion