CAOT- How Occupational Therapy Influences Neuroplasticity
22-Aug-2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

How Occupational Therapy Influences Neuroplasticity
Register online by August 15, 2017 - 8/22/2017


Presenter: Guy L. McCormack

The hands contain numerous nerve endings that are intimately connected to the brain. Mounting evidence supports the concept that willful manipulation of objects contributes to expansion or reorganization of the somatosensory cortex and can produce therapeutic outcomes. In the past decade, research has demonstrated that cortical plasticity can continue throughout adulthood. Brain plasticity is a core principle that demonstrates the ability of the central nervous system to respond to stimuli and modify its structural organization and function as an adaptive response. Occupation-based interventions which engage the use of the hands are conceived as a “mind-body” experience because of the vast potential for perceptual learning and neurologic reorganization. Many types of neuroplasticity have been identified, but “activity dependent neuroplasticity” is an essential concept for occupational therapy practice. In addition, the concept of “cross-modal plasticity” will also be delineated with regard to implications to clinical practice. Guidelines for tactile or somatosensory stimulation will be derived from a systematic review of the neuroscience literature.

After taking part in this webinar, participants will:


1. Define neuroplasticity.
2. Describe the types of neuroplasticity.
3. Provide occupation-based examples of positive and negative neuroplasticity.

Areas of practice

Cognitive, neurological and neuromuscular

Client age groups

Young children (0-4 years), school age children (5-12 years), adolescents (13-19 years), adults (20-64 years), seniors (65 years +)

Register by August 15, 2017


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  • Individual registration: $50 for CAOT members / $95 for non-members - plus applicable taxes
  • Group registration: $250 for CAOT members / $475 for non-members - plus applicable taxes
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