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Application of Neuromotor Approaches: Frames of Reference Part 2

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. A review of the basic concepts, principles, and research evidence guiding intervention is provided. 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. Model of Human Occupation

    1. Model of Human Occupation

    Participants will synthesize information on the Model of Human Occupation by applying concepts to a case study.

  2. Developmental

    2. Developmental

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

  3. Sensory Integration

    3. Sensory Integration

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

  4. Question and Answer

    4. Question and Answer

    In this chapter, Dr. O'Brien talks with the mother of an 8-year-old boy with sensory processing issues about the application of neuromotor approaches.