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Application of Neuromotor Approaches: Frames of Reference Part 1

presented by Jane O’Brien

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This course provides an overview of intervention approaches to address the needs of children and youth who have neurological conditions. The author provides a review of the basic concepts, principles, and research evidence guiding intervention. Participants learn concepts by applying frames of references to specific case examples. The author describes the role of the practitioner and specific techniques and strategies associated with each approach. Case examples and guiding questions facilitate therapeutic reasoning for practice.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Jane O’Brien, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

    Jane Clifford O’Brien, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, Westbrook College of Health Professions at the University of New England, Portland, Maine. She received a master of science in occupational therapy at Boston University and a doctorate in public health with a concentration in the neurobehavioral basis of motor control from the University of South Carolina. Clinically, Dr. O’Brien has over 20 years of experience working with children and youth in a variety of settings, including hospitals, home health, outpatient pediatric centers, and a diagnostic center. She is certified in the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests. Dr. O’Brien has conducted research and presented on issues such as play and playfulness, motor control and motor learning, assistive technology, therapeutic reasoning, fitness and nutrition programs, and the application of the Model of Human Occupation in pediatric practice. She has an extensive publication history in examining the issues of children with disabilities, including numerous journal articles, book chapters, and four textbooks (Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents, Pediatric Skills for Occupational Therapy Assistants, Introduction to Occupational Therapy, and Occupational Analysis and Group Process).

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Biomechanical

    1. Biomechanical

    Participants will synthesize information on the biomechanical approach by applying concepts to a case study.

  2. Motor Control and Motor Learning

    2. Motor Control and Motor Learning

    In this chapter, participants will apply motor control and motor learning principles to a patient session demonstration.

  3. Neurodevelopmental Treatment

    3. Neurodevelopmental Treatment

    Participants will synthesize information on the neurodevelopmental approach by applying concepts to a case study. Current research will be examined.