Online Course
Hand Function Assessment and Training
Use a dynamic systems and task-oriented approach to enhance hand function in infants and toddlers

2-2.5 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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An infant’s hand movements become increasingly coordinated as they grow and explore the world around them. Assessing hand function gives clinicians a better understanding of an infant’s fine motor skill development. Evaluating these skills helps identify potential developmental delays, leading to timely early intervention. As discussed in this course, hand function in infants can be assessed using a play-based approach. This approach provides insight into an infant’s present abilities, response to the social and physical environment, and motivation to move and interact with toys and other interesting objects. Based on the assessment, a dynamic systems and task-oriented approach to intervention can be used to enhance hand function in infants and toddlers.


This course aims to provide clinicians with an overview of the assessment and treatment of hand function in infants and toddlers.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts 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 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 2-2.5 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 1.8 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:

  • identify two standardised assessments of hand function that can be used for infants with unilateral cerebral palsy
  • list at least three key ideas that inform the dynamic systems and task-oriented approach to intervention
  • discuss at least three strategies to assess and train hand function in infants and toddlers

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.

Featured reviews
It is an excellent course for learning about play therapy with babies and toddlers. Pam Versfeld is a very experienced individual with a reservoir of knowledge and experience!
Josaf Nand