Contact Hours: 2

Descriptions: The desire to identify positive outcomes is directly related to the importance of evaluating a client's ability to perform functional tasks and participate in meaningful activities. The primary goal of physical and occupational therapy intervention is to improve the client's functional abilities and participation. Functional outcome measures can guide the therapist in the development of meaningful, functional goals for the client. This course provides an overview for evaluating function, activity, and participation, an important and necessary process for treating children and adults.


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. Discuss the importance of evaluating a person's ability to participate in life roles.

2. Identify well-developed methods of evaluating function, activity, and participation.

3. Compare and contrast commonly used standardized assessment instruments of function, activity, and participation.

4. Discuss issues of reliability, validity, sensitivity, and responsiveness of standardized assessment instruments used to measure function, activity, and participation.

5. Explore the relationships between function, activity, participation in life roles, quality of life, and health status.

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

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The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion