1 ½ day In-Person Course 

Movement Matters:

An Introduction to the Perception-Action Approach
In-Person Course:
April 12 (1/2 day), April 13 (full day), 2024
Tucson Medical Center, Atrium Building
5099 E. Grant Rd,
NW Corner of Grant and Rosemont
3rd Floor, Classroom 1
Tucson, Arizona 
Enroll Today $295

LEVEL: Introductory


  1. “Development Through the Lens of a Perception-Action-Cognition Connection: Recognizing the Need for a Paradigm Shift in Clinical Reasoning” Rahlin M, Barnett J, et al. https://doi.org/10.1093/ptj/pzz026.
  2. Theoretical Foundations and Primary Concepts of P-A Approach (All can be found on IPAA website.)
A paradigm shift in clinical reasoning is occurring that affects pediatric therapists who are selecting the most effective interventions for their clients/patients. Interventions based on neuromaturational theory are being set aside in favor of those based on theories supported by current research. One such approach is the Perception-Action (P-A) Approach. This interactive workshop highlights the roles of variability and adaptability in the global learning process. In keeping with research in developmental science, participants will gain the ability to modify intervention to be task-specific, repetitive, and highly salient to the child. The theoretical foundation, primary concepts, and unique characteristics of the P-A Approach will be described.



Target Audience:

Pediatric PT, OT and SLP

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this educational session the participant will:
  1. Distinguish between neuromaturational theory and current theories of perception-action, dynamic systems, and neuronal group selection. 
  2. Recognize how perceptual information from support surfaces contributes to the development of postural control.
  3. Identify how a child-driven intervention contributes to an individual’s active problem-solving. 
  4. Describe how environmental modifications can provide affordances for action.
  5. Explain basic elements of manual guidance.
  6. Recognize how manual guidance in the P-A Approach differs from other "hands-on" therapeutic techniques. 


       Lecture, laboratory sessions, small and large group discussions       
       and case presentations. 


1.075 CEUs (10.75 hours) will be awarded upon successful completion of this IPAA Professional Development activity. Full course attendance, passing a post-course knowledge assessment and completing the course evaluation are required for successful completion of this course.


IPAA is committed to ensuring that all educational activities are accessible to all learners, including people with disabilities. If you have any special needs, please contact us at ipaamoves@gmail.com.


Requests for cancellation must be made in writing more than 10 days prior to the course start date to receive a refund minus $20.00 administrative costs for registration. Cancellations by IPAA will result in full refund.

This course has been approved by APTA AZ for 1.075 CEUs.

IPAA is an AOTA Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 6385. This live course is offered at 1.075 CEUs, Introductory level, OT Service Delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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Course Schedule

Friday, April 12, 2024 (1/2 day)
  • 1:00 - 1:30pm: Introduction, Discussion of Required Readings and Historical Perspective
  • 1:30 - 2:15pm: Paradigm Shift and Role of Cognition
  • 2:15 - 2:30pm: Case Presentation - Video and Discussion
  • 2:30 - 2:45pm: Break
  • 2:45 - 3:15pm: Key Vocabulary and Definitions
  • 3:15 - 4:00 pm: Participant Movement Lab #1 
  • 4:00 - 4:30pm: Case Presentation - Video and Discussion
  • 4:30 - 5:00pm: Review and Questions/Homework - What is Perception? 
Saturday, April 13, 2024 (full day)
  • 8:30 - 9:00am: Discussion/Definition of Perception
  • 9:00 - 10:00am: Primary Concepts and Unique Defining Characteristics 
  • 10:00 - 10:15am: Participant Movement Lab #2 
  • 10:15 - 10:30am: Break
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Theories that support the Perception-Action Approach: Dynamic Systems, Perception-Action, and Neuronal Group Selection 
  • 11:30 - 12:00am: Discussion and Video Related to Theories
  • 12:00 - 1:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00 - 1:15pm: Application of Theories 
  • 1:15 - 2:15pm: Participant Movement Lab #3
  • 2:15 - 2:30pm: Break
  • 2:30 - 3:00pm: Features of Manual Guidance
  • 3:00 - 4:00pm: Participant Movement Lab #4
  • 4:00 - 4:30pm: Case Presentation - Video and Discussion
  • 4:30 - 5:00pm: Questions/Discussion


Self-Experiential Movement Activities

Participant Labs

Course Completion

Thank you for taking this course. If you have completed the entire course work, please click on the link below to complete the Knowledge Assessment, Course Survey & obtain your Certificate of Completion.

Charlene Fregosi

Physical Therapist - PT, C/PAA-Instructor 
Charlene Fregosi graduated from Pacific University in Oregon in 1978. She has a wide variety of pediatric experience including private practice, NICU, PICU and Peds hospital units, home based and school systems. Currently, Charlene is employed at Tucson Medical Center where she provides direct treatment, clinical mentoring, and screening of high risk infants. After receiving certification in NDT, she became interested in the Perception-Action (P-A) Approach. As a P-A Approach Certified Instructor, she has offered courses for state PT chapters, training for therapists participating in a multisite NIH grant and other interested therapists. She presents complex material in an interactive and experiential manner.
Patrick Jones - Course author
FINANCIAL: Charlene Fregosi is being financially compensated to present this Profession Development activity.
NONFINANCIAL:  Charlene Fregosi holds leadership and volunteer roles within IPAA for which there is no financial compensation.



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