Online Course
Hand Function 7 to 24 Months
Understand the development of hand use in infants and toddlers

1.5-2 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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Between the ages of 7 and 24 months, infants and toddlers use their hands in various ways to learn about their physical environment. As they move through this period, their skills become more refined, and they use a variety of hand grasps to manipulate and interact with objects. This course will discuss two important concepts to keep in mind when considering the development of hand function. It also explores how infants use these methods to engage with objects and interact socially with caregivers.


The general aim of this course is to provide an overview of how infants learn to use their hands to interact with people, surfaces and objects they encounter in their environment in ever more complex way. A second aim is to provide an introduction to way in which repeated experience and of large amounts of time-distributed, variable practice allows infants and toddlers to build a rich set of sensorimotor representations to support performing goal directed action.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Videos
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, 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 1.5-2 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 1.4 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course 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. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe hand function and specific grasps in infants and toddlers aged 7 to 24 months
  • discuss cascades in development and perception-action loops in infants and toddlers aged 7 to 24 months
  • discuss three ways infants and toddlers aged 7 to 24 months interact with objects using their hands

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Pam Versfeld: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


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