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COURSE TITLE: Linking Motor Development to Social Function in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Implications for Physical Therapy Practice
COURSE DATES: July 1, 2020 – July 31, 2021
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Physical therapy is often overlooked as a service for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects social communication and behavior, as well as motor function. In children who are typically developing, the development of social, communication, and cognitive skills is thought to be influenced by motor development. However, the impact of motor skill deficits on overall development in children with ASD is not well understood. This course will present recent research on the relationship between motor development and social function in young children with ASD, highlighting specific components of motor development that are related to social function. This course will move beyond discussion of motor benefits to physical therapy intervention and challenge attendees to think outside the box as they move toward participation-based approaches. Implications for early intervention and school-based physical therapists will also be discussed.
Upon successful completion of this course participants will be able to:
- describe the motor characteristics of autism spectrum disorder.
- explain how motor skill development relates to social cognition in children with and without ASD.
- apply research findings on the relationship between motor and social development to physical therapy practice in early intervention and school settings.
COURSE DESIGN: This online course is designed so that participants may access the course materials asynchronously (at times that are convenient to his/her/their schedule) for the period that the course is open. This course requires that participants achieve a minimum score of at least 70% on the course post-test to receive full course CEU credit.
CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS: 3 Contact Hours (0.3 CEU)
- Lesson 1: Motor Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Lesson 2: Interdependence of Motor and Social Development
- Lesson 3: Implications for Physical Therapists
- Participants must complete all learning activities in each of the 3 course Lessons; learning activities may include, but are not limited to, viewing video recorded presentations, completing required readings, viewing video clips and completing quizzes.
- Participants must achieve a minimum score of at least 70% on the course post-test to receive full course CEU credit.
REGISTRATION OPEN THROUGH: July 30, 2021
Jamie Holloway, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS
Dr. Holloway is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of South Florida and also holds an adjunct faculty position in the Georgetown University Certificate in Early Intervention program. She received her DPT from Duke University in 2005 and her PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2017. Jamie has nearly 15 years of experience working with children and families as a pediatric physical therapist. Her research focuses on relationships between motor skills and social function in children with autism spectrum disorder.
COURSE SYLLABUS: ASD and SOCIAL FUNCTION_2020-21_SYLLABUS
REGISTRATION: APTA Pediatrics Members receive 50% discount before August 1.
In addition to this course, please visit COURSE CATALOG for the list of 2020 Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Self-Paced Course Bundle options. Enrollment options include single course enrollment OR multi-course enrollment.
Registration links for the 2020 APPT Course Bundle Series for individuals currently registered as Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Members.
Registration links for the 2020 APPT Course Bundle Series for individuals not currently registered as Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Members.