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OT Treatment Interventions for Self-Care Skills

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Emily Bourque, MS, OTR/L


OT Treatment Interventions for Self-Care Skills

Treatment Interventions for the Pediatric OT Series

Are you looking for a variety of OT Treatment Interventions for Self-Care Skills to implement immediately into your practice? This 3-hour intervention-based, jam-packed course addresses decreased ADL independence, a common challenge among the pediatric population. Participants explore motor learning principles, typical developmental milestones for each area, and most importantly, learn over 150 different play-based treatment ideas to increase engagement success and progress across a variety of intervention settings. Self-Care areas explored include dressing (socks/shoes, shirt, pants, fasteners, and shoe tying), bathing, hair/nail cutting, toileting, wiping/peri-care, oral hygiene, self-feeding, as well as sensory-based feeding strategies. The presenter includes handouts to improve client carryover. The second course in this series is Fine Motor and UE Gross Motor Treatment Interventions.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Examine principles of forward and backward chaining within self-care tasks to provide the just right challenge for optimal occupational performance.
  2. Describe the three stages of motor learning (cognitive, associative, autonomous) to identify the client’s stage to best develop a plan of care for self-care.
  3. Describe types of practice (blocked and random) to identify which type of practice will most benefit future clients for optimal skill development for self-care.
  4. Identify implications and benefits of using play-based tasks to grow self-care skills.
  5. Identify the link between the development of autonomy and self-care independence.

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: 20-910843

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity ID# 04379. This distance-learning, independent format is offered at 0.3 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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