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Featuring: Rhoda P. Erhardt, MS, OTR/L FAOTA
originally recorded December 1, 2014

LiveTalks are hour long audio-only podcasts. This LiveTalk is part of the Treatment Tips and Tricks bundle.

Description: Rhoda Erhardt, renowned expert in children’s fine motor development, will join us for our final LiveTalk of 2014 to discuss the problems and challenges associated with delays in fine motor skills. In addition to providing practical strategies for intervention, she will also discuss the rationale and clinical reasoning needed to treat this problem area. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from one of the greatest experts in the field!

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this LiveTalk listeners will be able to:

  1. Identify difficulties associated with poor fine motor skills
  2. Identify appropriate intervention strategies for facilitating fine motor skill development
  3. Identify one resource for therapists treating poorly developing fine motor skills.

Course Level: Introductory. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Suitable For: Occupational therapists, OT assistants, physical therapists, PT assistants, speech and language therapists.

Domain: Performance Skills
Process: Intervention

Contact Hours: This course is worth 1.0 contact hours or 0.1 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours for this course you must listen to the recorded LiveTalk in its entirety, and complete the accompanying assessment.

About the Speaker: Rhoda P. Erhardt, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, received her B.S. in occupational therapy from the University of Illinois, and her M.S. in child development and family relations from North Dakota State University. She was trained in pediatric Neuro-Developmental Treatment of cerebral palsy (NDT) in London, England. The former director of the Easter Seal Mobile Therapy Unit in Fargo, North Dakota, she is currently in private practice in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, and has provided evaluation and consultation services to a variety of health agencies, educational systems, and national corporations, as well as presenting workshops throughout the world. She has served on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, the first licensure board of North Dakota, and was enrolled in the AOTA Roster of Fellows in 1983. Publications include books, chapters, journal articles, assessments, and videotapes on topics such as normal and atypical development of prehension, vision, eye-hand coordination, and feeding in children with cerebral palsy and learning disabilities. Her videos which have received awards include “Emerging and Mature Hand Preferences”, from the Suburban Community Public Access Television, and “Normal Hand Development: Birth to 15 Months”, from the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.

ADA/Section 504: If you require special accommodations, please contact the Spiral Foundation at or (617) 969-4410 ext. 231.

Continuing Education:


Occupational Therapy Practitioners/ Occupational Therapy Assistants:  The Spiral Foundation is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


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