A Mother's Occupation - OT01

A Mother's Occupation

OT for Mothers with Hard-to-Parent Children

by Rondalyn Varney Whitney, PhD, OT/L and Debora A Davidson, PhD, OTR/l
(4.2 / 493 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Mothers of children who often exhibit challenging behavior due to neurodevelopmental or psychiatric conditions experience occupational frustration and social isolation. Occupational therapists providing service to children with such problems must also address the needs of their mothers, and provide holistic and effective service. Researchers have studied the lives of these parents and have provided practical solutions for evaluation and intervention from an occupational therapy perspective.


The goal of this occupational therapy for mothers continuing education program is to explain why, when treating pediatric clients with mental health disorders, an occupational therapy evaluation and intervention should include the occupations embedded in the role of mother. After you study the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify why addressing the needs of mothers is essential to the progress of children in treatment
  • Use the Occupational Profile as a critical element in the evaluation and intervention process for pediatric occupational therapy
  • Apply the new Occupational Therapy Practice Framework to support greater normalizing routines, habits and rituals for mothers of hard-to-parent children
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Narrative
Domain 1: Instrumental Activities of Daily Living
Process 2: Occupational Profile
Process 3: Therapeutic Use of Self
Accreditation Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 1/20/2009
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/26/2013
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/26/2016

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Nancy C - Harwood Heights, IL  ·  Mar 23, 2017
The authors of this course show much understanding of mothers of special needs children. The material is excellent. For me, it is obvious it was written by a very intellectual researcher, as the language demonstrates throughout. I had to re-read much of it as it didn't flow smoothly in my little brain. :)
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Alison C - Ocean Springs, MS  ·  Mar 17, 2017
Certainly an important point to consider for any OT's working with pediatric patients, and/or anyone who is the mother of a 'hard to parent' child.
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Helena H - surprise, AZ  ·  Mar 17, 2017
I will be able to use this information in my peds interaction with parent
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Katherine O - Land O Lakes, FL  ·  Feb 02, 2017
Great for all moms with kids with disabilities.
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Stacy M - Wilmington, NC  ·  Jan 06, 2017
It is good to see courses which address educating the family and considering their well being
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Price: $19.00
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