Activity-focused motor interventions for children with neurological conditions

Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. 2004;24(1-2):79-107. doi: 10.1300/j006v24n01_04.


This article presents a model to guide activity-focused physical therapy and occupational therapy interventions for children with neurological conditions. Activity-focused interventions involve structured practice and repetition of functional actions and are directed toward the learning of motor tasks that will increase independence and participation in daily routines. According to this model, the pediatric therapist: (1) develops activity-related goals in collaboration with the child and the family; (2) plans activity-focused interventions by adapting knowledge of motor learning to the child's individual learning strengths and needs; and (3) integrates impairment-focused intervention with activity-focused intervention.

MeSH terms

  • Cerebral Palsy / physiopathology
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Learning Disabilities / physiopathology
  • Learning Disabilities / therapy
  • Models, Biological*
  • Movement / physiology*
  • Musculoskeletal Manipulations
  • Nervous System Diseases / physiopathology
  • Nervous System Diseases / therapy*
  • Physical Therapy Modalities
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic