Movement Matters

An Introduction to the Perception-Action Approach

Participant technology requirements: Latest version of Zoom, enabled computer camera, functioning audio capabilities and 2.5 Mbps (upload and download) bandwidth. 

Key Take-Away:  Linking theory with clinical reasoning and practice 

Format and Method of Instruction:  Lecture, laboratory sessions, small and large group discussions and case presentations. 
1 Hour WEBINAR - Cost: $35 (USD)
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 one-day interactive workshop  highlights the roles of variability, complexity, and adaptability in the global developmental process as well as with a unified view of motor control, motor learning and motor development.

In keeping with research into neuroplasticity, 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. 

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 the relationship of the body to support surfaces and gravity, self-initiated activity, variability of movement and posture, and adaptability to changing conditions during movement and apply to case presentations.  
  3. Identify how a child-driven intervention that enhances self-pick-up of information 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.

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