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Pediatric SIG: Applications of Attachment Theory to Motor Development in Infants and Young Children
Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM CDT
Category: SIGS


6:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Registration/Check-In

6:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Presentation

8:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Discussion/Questions

Course Description: Participants will learn about the history of attachment and attachment theory, as well as the styles and types of attachment and how these affect child and caregiver relationships.  Participants will develop an understanding of how infants develop attachment and how this affects the development of self-regulation skills through early childhood.  The relationship between attachment and motor development will be discussed, as well as the effects on development and attachment when infants experience neglect or abuse.  Evidence based practices in treatment of caregivers and infants with attachment challenges will be reviewed, along with anecdotal practice suggestions.


Speaker Bio:  Corri Stuyvenberg is a pediatric physical therapist with over 20 years of early intervention experience. She received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (1996), Master of Arts in Development Disabilities from St. Mary’s University of Winona (2001), a Certificate in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health from the University of Minnesota (2016), and a Transitional Doctor of Pediatric Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals in Provo, UT, (2017).  Corri is an Infant Mental Health Specialist (IMH-E®) and a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy (PCS). She is the instructor of PT6288, Pediatric Rehabilitation at the University of Minnesota, Department of Rehabilitative Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy.  Corri has temporarily left clinical practice to pursue her PhD in Rehabilitation Science with a Minor in Child Development from the University of Minnesota.  Corri is currently working under Dr. Stacey Dusing at the Motor Development Lab, Virginia Commonwealth University.  She is currently working on SPEEDI II, a multi-site early intervention study, in which she is assessing Emotional Availability. 



  1. Describe and understand the history of attachment theory.
  2. State the 4 categories of attachment and characteristics of caregiver/child relationships related to each category.
  3. Discuss how attachment relationships and gross motor development are symbiotic in development.
  4. Discuss unique qualities of attachment related to various developmental disabilities.
  5. Review evidence based practices for caregivers and infants with attachment challenges.

Target Audience: OTs, OTAs, and Students

Practice Area: Pediatrics

Course level: Introductory

Distance learning option:  MOTA will provide distance learning for this event.  You will be asked during registration if you would like to attend the event remotely. Registrants attending distance will receive Zoom link prior to the course from the MOTA email.  Please note:  Distance learning is NOT AOTA APP eligible and a post-test (80% accuracy) is required  prior to receiving course certificate with contact hours.

Event location: Mendel Hall Room #106 at St. Kate's

Organizer Contact Information: :   Lauren Hoffman (228) 216-2446

Fee: MOTA members Free          Non-members $40.00 

Continuing Education Credits:  2 CEU

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This course fulfills the AOTA Classification Code for Continuing Education Activities: Category 1: Domain of OT





Contact: Lauren Hoffman (228) 216-2446