OT, Plagiocephaly, and Cognitive Outcomes

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OT, Plagiocephaly, and Cognitive Outcomes with Amirra Condelee

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Plagiocephaly has historically been thought of as a benign, cosmetic issue. 

But, the seminal study we are looking at during this 1-hour course indicates that severe to moderate skull deformity may be best understood as a biomarker for developmental vulnerability. As we’ll see, moderate to severe skull deformity was linked with lower cognitive and academic outcomes, when the children reached school age. 

It is critical to understand that this does not mean that plagiocephaly causes developmental delay. But, given the results of this study, developmental assessment, monitoring, and intervention is recommended for children moderate to severe plagiocephaly. After we break down this article for you, we’ll be joined by Amirra Condelee, OTD, OTR/L to discuss the implications for OTs who work with infants—and our role in our communities and families now that we understand the importance of this biomarker.

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Primary Journal Article Explored

When you log in, be sure to check out the OT Potential Club’s written breakdown of the following research article. Then, share your questions and thoughts with fellow practitioners.

Supporting Research and Journal Articles

Plagiocephaly Resources Discussed

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to recognize the type of developmental assessment that is indicated by plagiocephaly at different ages. 
  • You will be able to identify the opportunities for speciality OT assessment and intervention related to plagiocephaly.


Intro (5 minutes)

Breakdown and analysis of journal article (5 minutes)

  • Intro to positional plagiocephaly
  • Prevalence
  • Is it harmless? Flat head syndrome and development.
  • What were the methods?
  • What were the results?
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Takeaways for OT practitioners

Discussion on practical implications for OTs (with Amirra Condelee) (50 minutes)

  • Tell us how you first found OT. 
  • How did you become interested in pediatrics? 
  • What were your initial impressions of this article? 
  • What can we do as OTs to prevent plagiocephaly in the first place?
  • Do you see a place for craniometry in EI OT? 
  • What opportunities do you see for connecting with physicians for referrals based on this article? 
  • Did the assessments utilized feel familiar to you? After reading the article, what assessments would you be likely to utilize with a child with positional plagiocephaly?
  • If you did have a child on your caseload with moderate/severe plagiocephaly, what resources do you know that EI therapists could access? 
  • How has being a new mom changed your approach to working with families? 
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Target Audience/Educational Level

Our target audience is occupational therapy practitioners who are looking to learn about OT, Plagiocephaly, and Cognitive Outcomes.  The educational level is introductory.

Financial and Non-financial Disclosures

It is the policy of OT Potential to disclose any financial and non-financial interest the provider or instructor may have in a product or service mentioned during an activity. This is to ensure that the audience is made aware of any bias of the speaker.

We here at OT Potential have no financial stake in this topic.  Our guest, Amirra Condelee, also has no financial disclosures.


Amirra Condelee, OTD, OTR/L

Dr. Amirra Condelee, OTD, OTR/L

Dr. Amirra Condelee, OTD, OTR/L is a graduate of MGH Institute of Health Professions where she completed her Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree with a focus in pediatrics. Her doctoral research was conducted at Seattle Children’s Hospital to explore the role of OT in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, as well as involvement with the Pediatric Intensive Feeding Program.

Currently, Amirra practices in the Arizona Early Intervention program where she specializes in the treatment of infants born premature, infants born substance-exposed, and infants and children with sensory processing challenges. Read full bio.

Sarah Lyon, OTR/L

Sarah Lyon, OTR/L

Sarah’s passion is helping fellow OT practitioners translate evidence into daily practice. Sarah earned her BA in religion from St. Olaf College, then earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from New York University in 2011.

Since then, she’s worked in numerous facilities, including a critical access hospital, an acute trauma hospital, and a state inpatient psychiatric hospital. Sarah is the founder/owner of OT Potential. Read more about OT Potential here.

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OT, Plagiocephaly, and Cognitive Outcomes • OT Potential

Today we’ll be covering “OT, Plagiocephaly, and Cognitive Outcomes.” We’ll look at new research and discuss it with Amirra Condelee.

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Course Provider Name: OT Potential

Course Provider URL: https://otpotential.com/

Course Mode: Online

Start Date: 2023-05-01

Duration: 01:00:00

Repeat Count: 5

Repeat Frequency: Yearly

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