How Occupational Therapy Influences Neuroplasticity

How Occupational Therapy Influences Neuroplasticity


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.

This purchase is for individual access to the On-Demand Practice Evidence Webinar from August 22, 2017. Access to the recording, handouts and certificate is provided by email immediately following purchase. No cancellations/refunds will be provided once the purchase is completed. Please visit the Webinars FAQ for technical requirements and additional information.


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Guy L. McCormack

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