One hour on-demand with CEU's 

The Role of Perception-Action in Learning

Implications for Assessment and Intervention of Children with Movement Disorders 



Pediatric therapists are looking for the most effective approach when working with their clients. One intervention, supported by current research, is the Perception-Action Approach. This one-hour webinar highlights the theory of Perception-Action and its role in the developmental and therapeutic process.

The concepts of variability, environmental affordances, manual guidance and environmental set-up will be discussed. Several short videos will be utilized to illustrate a comparison of typical and atypical motor development and specific intervention components. This alternative way of thinking will change your perception of how children acquire motor skills.


Part 1.   Theoretical Concepts
Part 2.  Typical vs. Atypical Functional Movement, Intervention 
              and Outcomes


FINANCIAL: Lisa H. Pinson and Patricia A. Gallo are not receiving financial compensation for this Profession Development activity.
NONFINANCIAL:  Lisa H. Pinson and Patricia A. Gallo are members of IPAA and hold leadership and volunteer roles within IPAA but are not financially compensated for these roles.
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Learning Objectives

  • Understand the term perception-action as it relates to the relationship between the child and the environment.
  • Select the primary concepts used during assessment and intervention when using the Perception-Action Approach.
  • Describe the correlation between Perception-Action and motor skill acquisition. 


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


0.1 Continuing Education Hours will be awarded upon successful completion of this IPAA webinar. All virtual courses require attending the entire webinar, passing a post-test, and completing the course evaluation in order to receive CEUs and certificate of completion. 
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Lisa JH Pinson PT, DPT, PCS is a pediatric physical therapy that started her career in her home state of New York at Blythedale Children’s Hospital. In her 26 years as a therapist she has worked in a variety of settings from intensive care to outpatient practice.  She is a founding board member, former Chair of Marketing and the current treasurer of IPAA. In 2002 she moved to Phoenix where she founded the PEDI Center for Therapy. 2013 she had the great opportunity to participate in a multi-site NIH funded study using the Perception -Action Approach in an intensive treatment model for young children with cerebral palsy through Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Lisa earned her APTA Board Certified Pediatric Specialist in 2009 and her transitional DPT in 2017.  In 2016 she sold her practice and moved to Atlanta where her husband grew up to raise their three children near family. Currently she holds positions at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in the Developmental Progress Clinic and Acute Rehab as well as doing research at Emory University in the School of Medicines Pediatric Neonatology Brain Development Lab.
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Patricia A. Gallo, PT, MA, is the owner of a private pediatric physical therapy practice in East Norwich, New York. She has over 30 years of experience in a variety of settings including school, hospital, and center-based programs. She is a founding member and past Secretary of the Institute for Perception-Action Approach. She earned her certification in TAMO™ (Tscharnuter Academie for Movement Organization) in 1999 and worked as a clinical assistant to Ingrid Tscharnuter, teaching movement strategies through a Perception-Action approach, presenting courses at NYPTA state and local levels. She is a Certified Perception-Action Approach Instructor and has presented courses on the Perception-Action Approach both nationally and abroad.
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