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Motor Control & Motor Learning Approaches in the Treatment of Children

presented by Jane O’Brien

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Recent research provides evidence to support a motor control / motor learning approach for treating children with a variety of neurodevelopmental conditions. This course provides readers with practical strategies and principles to inform occupational therapy intervention with children who have cerebral palsy. Case studies, handouts, and video clips illustrate the application of motor control / motor learning approaches in occupational therapy 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. Motor Control

    1. Motor Control

    This chapter provides an overview of motor control research, specifically outlining strategies that practitioners may use in practice.

  2. Motor Learning

    2. Motor Learning

    This chapter discusses the motor learning theory and principles while identifying strategies therapists can use to promote motor learning.

  3. Case Application

    3. Case Application

    This chapter apply the principles and concepts learned in the previous chapters to identify key strategies while creating an intervention plan.