Best Practices for Occupational Therapy in Early Childhood, Exam Only Learn and Earn
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SKU: OL5188

Publisher: AOTA Continuing Education

Published: 2021

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Non-Member Price: $149.00

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Edited by Gloria Frolek Clark, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA


Stephanie Parks, PhD, OT/L


Best Practices for Occupational Therapy in Early Childhood: Learn and Earn

Earn: 1.7 CEUs/ 21.25 NBCOT PDU's/ 17 AOTA Contact hours

Learn and Earn provides an opportunity for you to obtain continuing education credit by reading select AOTA books. Simply read each chapter and test your knowledge as you go; pass the test and immediately download your CEU certificate.

Already own the book?  No reason to purchase again! Learn and Earn ‘exam only’ products are available if you do not need a textbook.  Simply read your text, take the exam online and get your certificate at

Ideal for a practitioner returning to the field or for those changing practice areas. This course is comprised of an exam based on the comprehensive new text:  Best Practices for Occupational Therapy in Early Childhood.  Simply read the text, answer several questions based on each chapter and receive your certificate of completion and CE credit. 


Chapters cover essential considerations, best practices, case examples, and key terms and concepts of occupation, development, participation, family- and client-centered practices, and community partnerships.


Wide in scope but detailed in practical, evidence-based information, Best Practices for Occupational Therapy in Early Childhood prepares practitioners to support and enhance outcomes for occupational therapy’s youngest clients and their families.



Section I. Understanding Early Childhood and Occupational Therapy’s Role

Chapter 1. History of Occupational Therapy Services in Early Childhood

Chapter 2. Influences From Early Childhood Professional Organizations and Technical Assistance Centers

Chapter 3. Best Practices in Personnel Preparation for Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants

Chapter 4. Best Practices for Occupational Therapy Assistants in Early Childhood

Chapter 5. Best Practices for Occupational Therapy Practitioners in Leadership Roles

Chapter 6. Best Practices in Data-Based Decision Making

Chapter 7. Best Practices for Assistive Technology

Chapter 8. Best Practices in Supporting Family Partnerships

Chapter 9. Best Practices in Collaborating With Community, School, and Health Care Partners

Chapter 10. Best Practices in Early Childhood Transitions


Section II. Early Development

Chapter 11. Brain Development in the Early Years

Chapter 12. Early Childhood Mental Health

Chapter 13. Understanding Early Literacy Development


Section III.  Considerations for Early Intervention: IDEA Part C

Chapter 14. Understanding Part C: Early Intervention Law and the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) Process

Chapter 15. Best Practices in Early Intervention Screening and Evaluation

Chapter 16. Best Practices in Intervention Under Part C

Chapter 17. Best Practices in Documenting Early Intervention Services and Outcomes


Section IV.  Considerations for Preschool: IDEA Part B

Chapter 18. Understanding Preschool Laws and the Individualized Education Program Process

Chapter 19. Best Practices in Preschool Screening and Evaluation

Chapter 20. Best Practices in Intervention in Preschool

Chapter 21. Best Practices in Documentation of Preschool Services and Outcomes


Section V.  Considerations for Medical and Health Care Settings

Chapter 22. Understanding Health Care Requirements, Process, and Billing

Chapter 23. Best Practices in Evaluation in Health Care Settings

Chapter 24. Best Practices in Health Care Interventions for Developmental Conditions

Chapter 25. Best Practices in Health Care Intervention for Acquired Conditions

Chapter 26. Best Practices in Documentation of Health Care Services and Outcomes


Section VI.  Evidence-Guided Practice: Addressing Evaluation and Intervention

Chapter 27. Best Practices in Supporting Activities of Daily Living (Adaptive Skills)

Chapter 28. Best Practices in Supporting Mealtimes and Nutritional Needs (Adaptive Skills)

Chapter 29. Best Practices in Supporting Learning and Literacy Skills (Cognitive Skills)

Chapter 30. Best Practices in Supporting Development of Fine and Visual–Motor Coordination (Physical Skills)

Chapter 31. Best Practices in Supporting Large Motor Coordination (Physical Skills)

Chapter 32. Best Practices in Supporting Social Participation (Communication)

Chapter 33. Best Practices in Supporting Social, Emotional, and Self-Regulation Skills (Social–Emotional Skills)

Chapter 34. Best Practices in Supporting Play and Leisure Activities

Chapter 35. Best Practices in Supporting Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Chapter 36. Best Practices in Supporting Children With Visual Impairments

Chapter 37. Best Practices in Supporting Children With Health Needs

Chapter 38. Best Practices in Supporting Children With ASD and ADHD

Chapter 39. Best Practices Supporting Families of Children With Prenatal Substance Exposure and Postnatal Trauma


Appendix A. Guidelines for Occupational Therapy Services in Early Intervention and Schools

Appendix B. Evidence-Based Practice and Occupational Therapy

Appendix C. AOTA Occupational Profile Template

Appendix D. Occupational Therapy Intervention Plan

Appendix E.  AOTA Resources for Practitioners and Families

Appendix F. Examples of Assessments for Early Childhood (Birth–5 Years)

Appendix G. Sample Early Intervention Team Report

Appendix H.  Sample Initial Preschool Team Evaluation Report

Appendix I. Sample Occupational Therapy Evaluation in Health Care 

Appendix J. Occupational Therapy Telehealth Practices in Early Childhood