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Fine Motor and UE Gross Motor Treatment Interventions

Webinar Length (Hours):



Emily Bourque, MS, OTR/L


Fine Motor and UE Gross Motor Treatment Interventions

New Series: Treatment Interventions for Pediatric OTs

In this 4-hour webinar, participants explore motor learning principles, typical fine motor developmental milestones, and gradation techniques for over 300 pediatric treatment ideas to improve functional performance in daily activities. The presenter addresses a variety of fine motor skills, including finger isolation, thumb opposition, force modulation, pencil grasp, handwriting development (i.e., sizing, spacing, and alignment), and cutting development. Additionally, gross motor treatment intervention strategies include forearm supination, wrist deviation, wrist extension, bilateral coordination (symmetrical, reciprocal, and asymmetrical), and crossing midline. Participants leave with a plethora of new, functional treatment intervention activities to implement immediately into practice. The first course in Emily’s series is OT Treatment Interventions for Self-Care Skills.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the use of forward and backward chaining for the breakdown of fine motor skill development toward more patient-centered practice.
  2. List ways to grade a treatment task up or down to further facilitate motor skill development.
  3. Describe three variations of skill practice opportunities using play to increase client participation and success.
  4. Identify upper extremity gross motor skills that are appropriate for home exercise programs within natural environments.
  5. List novel treatment activities for gross motor skill development.
  6. Identify age-appropriate activities for a given case study, focusing on the following gross motor skills (supination, wrist extension, bilateral coordination, and crossing midline).

Course Information

  • Target Audience: introductory- to intermediate-level OTs and COTAs
    Note: While many professionals may benefit from the course content, we can only guarantee acceptance of continuing education credit as described in the following CEU section.
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  • Course Instructor: Emily Bourque, MS, OTR/L
  • CE Broker course code: 20-934020

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity ID# 05210. This distance-learning, independent format is offered at 0.4 CEUs, Introductory Level, OT Service Delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.



Emily Bourque, MS, OTR/L, graduated from the University of New Hampshire with her master’s degree in 2016. She grew up with a younger sister who has Down syndrome. Attending IEP meetings and advocating for her sister molded her occupational therapist’s mindset long before graduation.

Emily participated in the Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program in her final year of college, where she worked on projects with the Parent Information Center of New Hampshire, New Hampshire Family Voices, and the Institute of Disability at the University of New Hampshire. She has volunteered for many special needs organizations including Special Olympics, the local recreation department, and various therapeutic riding centers.

Emily has worked in a variety of settings including skilled nursing, inpatient rehabilitation, schools, early intervention, and outpatient pediatrics. She has created resources and interactive activities for her clients and collaborated with local optometrists to implement a pediatric vision program. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Hampshire OT department, teaching for three years nonconsecutively. She coordinates a life skills group for young adults with disabilities.

Emily enjoys laughing with her patients and most of all seeing their continued progress. She strongly believes that parent education and collaboration are paramount to successful OT services. She believes in inclusion for individuals with disabilities.


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