Online Course
Family-Centred Developmental Skills Training in Early Intervention Programme
Work collaboratively with families to improve social, communication and motor abilities in children

28-30 hours





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Pam Versfeld
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Pam has a passion for sharing her knowledge of task oriented movement therapy for infants and toddlers

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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

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In an environment where therapy resources are very often limited, therapists need to value the resourcefulness and ingenuity of families in providing their children with opportunities for learning new skills. The role of the therapist is one of a guide on the why and how, with the family implementing strategies for improving social, communication, and perceptual-motor abilities. Having an in-depth knowledge of typical perceptual-motor development and the factors within the child, as well as in the social and physical environment, that influence this development helps the therapist to understand the difficulties experienced by children with delay and to help families to devise a rich environment and specific training tasks to overcome these difficulties.Suggestions for intervention are guided by the latest evidence-based recommendations which emphasise infant initiated and goal-directed actions without the use of hands-on therapist guidance. Another important theme in these courses is making use of available, free or cheap materials for creating rich and supportive environments to encourage participation and play.


This programme of courses aims to give early intervention therapists an opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills needed to work with infants and their families. It encourages a collaborative approach to identify needs and goals and devise intervention strategies to help families provide their children with many and varied opportunities within their everyday lives for learning new and more complex social, communication and gross and fine perceptual-motor skills.


This programme will cover the following topics:

  1. Family-Centered Intervention and Early Diagnosis
  2. Best Practice in Developmental Skills Training in Early Intervention
  3. The Newborn Infant - Setting the Scene
  4. Perceptual-Motor Abilities of Infants in the 1 to 2 Month Period
  5. Hand Function 0-7 Months
  6. Hand Function 7 to 24 Months
  7. Hand Function Assessment and Training
  8. Development of Sitting
  9. Assessment and Training of Infant Sitting
  10. Learning to Stand - Development and Training
  11. More courses will be added

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 28-30 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 28 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this programme of courses and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Complete each of the required courses
  5. Submit a written assignment that meets that passes the assessment criteria.
  6. Complete a course evaluation form.

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Pam Versfeld: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.