Contact Hours: 3

Descriptions: This course introduces motor development and its functional implications for the pediatric and adult client. Knowledge of motor development across the lifespan is critical for therapists to ascertain the most appropriate therapeutic strategies for people to function optimally regardless of age, occupation, or disability.


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

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 motor development.

2. Understand the relationship between motor development and dynamic systems theory.

3. Identify variables that influence motor development.

4. Describe motor skill development across the life span.

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