Skip to main content


This module focuses on the importance of functional skills and adaptations that support children’s participation. You will understand what functional skills are and why they’re important for children’s participation in various routines, activities, and learning opportunities in an early childhood environment. Participants will also understand how to apply team approaches to supporting functional skills and how to work within teams to identify assistive technology and/or adaptations to support functional skills.

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 1/2 hours

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify functional skills and why they are important.
  • Determine the difference between form and function.
  • Apply team approaches to supporting functional skills.
  • Identify examples of assistive technology or adaptations that may be used to support functional skills.

Author and Presenter:

Philippa Campbell, Ph.D. is an Occupational Therapist who was formerly Professor, Occupational Therapy Department, Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Sciences and currently serves as a collaborator within the Center for Outcomes and Measurement. She is self-employed and provides consultation and contract services to a number of states, colleges, universities, and public health corporations with an emphasis on inclusion, early intervention for high need infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, and family-centered intervention approaches. Over a more than 30-year career, Dr. Campbell has conducted numerous studies and published articles and books related to teaching (e.g., coaching) families, participation and inclusion of children in home, school, and community settings, and use of adaptation and assistive technology interventions with a special emphasis on children with significant and complex needs.

This module has received the Ohio Approved (OA) designation.