Motor Matters!

Autism is a whole-body condition! While sensory challenges have long been recognized, current research sheds light to the presence and impact of fine and gross motor difficulties in children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). OTs and PTs can make a difference!

Motor Matters! will discuss the movement challenges faced by children and youth with ASD, and how an interdisciplinary collaborative approach can result in increased participation and occupational performance in meaningful activities in schools, homes, and communities. Karen will describe the brain characteristics of children with ASD as they relate to motor abilities. Participants will learn the fine and gross motor delays in individuals with ASD, and their effects on participation and occupational performance in activities of daily living, recreation, and social activities, as well as the relationship between sensory processing and motor skills. With a focus on evidence-based practices, participants will be involved in hands-on activities. They will explore tools to assess the fine and gross motor needs of children and youth with ASD, and the use of appropriate modification. They will learn to incorporate research-based interventions to improve functional motor outcomes, address sensory regulation, and increase levels of social participation. Case studies of children with ASD (from those requiring minimal support, to those requiring substantial support) will highlight the application of the knowledge gained through this presentation into practice, and gauge attendee’s achievement of learning objectives. 

Finally, attendees will understand the perspective of a parent as it relates to experience with inclusion and participation, as well as selection of goals and intervention strategies. As a parent of a son with autism, Karen is acutely aware of the challenges families face in dealing with the chronic stress of having a child with a disability, and how collaboration with medical and educational teams can be both rewarding and frustrating at times. In addition to developing better empathy for families, attendees will learn to collaborate and establish a family-centered care approach.

Closed Captioned in English!

BONUS: PRACTICAL TOOLKIT - Resources: Websites, Must-Reads and Links to Assessment Tools; Karen's Assessment Strategies Cheat Sheet; Karen's Clinical Reasoning Cheat Sheet

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Motor Matters! Evidence-based Interventions for Children and Youth with Autism

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What therapists say about Motor Matters

“Her experience as a mother of a son with autism made the course genuinely informative and interesting. It was inspiring to hear perspective of a skilled professional who also happens to be a parent of a child with autism."

– OT with 2 years experience

“Excellent presentation of EBP evaluation and treatment tools. Well-organized. Knowledgeable. Presented great treatment ideas. Thank you!”

– PT with 37 years experience

“I like that the course provided real experience and offered insight which was practical & useful.”

– OT with 2 years experience

INSTRUCTOR: Karen Tartick, PT has been practicing for over 30 years in a variety of settings including outpatient orthopedics, early intervention, acute care, NICU, and school-based physical therapy. She currently practices in the Durham Public Schools in Durham, NC. Karen has served as a member of the Autism subcommittee of the School Based Physical Therapy Special Interest Group, and co-authored the Autism Spectrum Disorder Guide for parents on the Move ForwardPT website, the APTA’s consumer webpage. Karen is an APTA Advanced Clinical Instructor, and a mentor for school-based portion of the pediatric residency program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she serves as an adjunct faculty member. 

AUDIENCE: OTs, PTs, OTAs, PTAs, SLPs and Educators



At the completion of the course, the learner is expected to:

  1. Identify motor deficits common in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  2. Determine the use of visual supports when assessing motor skills of children with ASD
  3. Select 3 evidence-based interventions from current research on children with ASD
  4. Determine elements of a motor program that addresses meaningful occupation for a case study of a child with ASD that includes 3 evidence-based interventions


  • Background on Autism and Assessment of Motor Skills
  • Sensory Processing and Motor Skills
  • Evidence-based Practices for Motor Skills
  • Motor Interventions in Natural Settings
  • Family Perspectives
  • Case Study
  • Post-test: 10-item multiple choice. 70% correct answers required to receive a certificate


6 continuing education hours of training are awarded to learners who complete this course.

  • Apply EBP, LLC is an approved provider of CEUs for PTs and PTAs in IL, NY; and for OTs and OTAs in IN and IL, and by AOTA (see imprimatur below for details).
  • This webinar is approved for PTs and PTAs in AR and CA, DE, MD (through 3/8/2022), NJ (Approval # 1911-176 through 1/31/22), NM (through 10/5/2022), OK and TX.
  • These OT state boards accept approval by AOTA, other state boards or associations: AL, AK, AR, DE, DC, FL, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NV, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OR, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, VA, WI and DC.
  • These PT state boards accept approval by other states boards and associations, or AOTA: AK, AZ, DE, FL, HI, IN, KY, MI, MT, NC, ND, OR, PA, RI, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WI, WY and DC.
  • These states do not require pre-approval of courses or have no CE requirements for OTs and OTAs: AZ, CA, CO, CT, GA, HI, ID, IA, KS, ME, MA, NE, NJ, UT, WA, WV and WY.
  • These states do not require pre-approval of courses or have no CE requirements for PTs and PTAs: AL, CO, CT, GA, IA, KS, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, and WA.
  • If you would like to obtain CEUs for another state, please email us.

Learners must watch the video and complete course requirements, including scoring 70% or higher in the post-test to receive a certificate. Five (5) post-test retakes are allowed; if you exceed this limit, please email us.


  • You will have access to this course for at least 60 days.
  • There is no cancellation once course is purchased. Please email us if you have any questions.
  • Apply EBP, LLC abide by all provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Apply EBP, LLC is committed to equal educational access for individuals with disabilities. Apply EBP, LLC does not discriminate against any individuals with disabilities from registering or attending any of our courses. We work closely with venues to ensure that facilities utilized are accessible. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact us via email or phone (646-269-9039) with requests for accommodations. Apply EBP, LLC will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations.