Play is an important part of every child’s learning and development. Through play, children develop important visual, cognitive and motor skills. Play-based therapy is an effective way to address many pediatric conditions. In this course, Jennifer Fortuna, MS, OTR/L provides fun and effective strategies for addressing pediatric conditions with the Dynavision D2™. With its game like presentation, the D2™ taps into a child’s intrinsic motivation, making it easy to embed treatment into play.
Jennifer Fortuna, MS, OTR/L, is a licensed occupational therapist with over 15 years of experience working with children with learning differences and special needs. Jennifer develops educational materials and individualized protocols to promote health, safety and human performance. She facilitates regional and international trainings and workshops for practitioners working in clinical rehabilitation and high performance sports. Jennifer has a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Grand Valley State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Early Childhood Development. Jennifer is registered with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. She also teaches in the OT Program at Western Michigan University.
In the first chapter of this course, Jennifer Fortuna introduces the participant to the Dynavision D2 system, including key components, and basic setup procedures and system modes.
The second chapter of this course identifies how impairment impacts child development, and will familiarize the participant with relevant theories that can guide the decision making process.
In this chapter, participants will learn why play is an important part of childhood development. Participants will also learn how to identify and incorporate a child’s strengths and needs to increase motivation and avoid frustration.
In this chapter, participants will learn kid-friendly strategies to improve function and performance on the Dynavision D2™. Strategies include grading demands, use of visual and verbal cues, environmental modifications and use of orthoses. Tips for establishing and maintaining instructional control are provided.
This chapter will explain how the Dynavision D2™ can be used with a child with multiple severe impairments. This case discusses an 8-year-old boy diagnosed with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, strabismus and deficits in executive function. Areas addressed include mobility, motor planning, physical endurance, seated posture, balance and reach, and inability to multi-task. Suggestions are provided for modifying the task and environment to improve function and performance.