College of Health and Human Services


The Perceptual Motor Development (PMD) program provides an opportunity for students to work with children and youth with special needs from 12 months to 22 years of age. This is a perfect opportunity for hands on experience to work closely with a child and developing goals to assist the child in reaching physical, cognitive, emotional, and/or social needs

The Perceptual Motor Development program offers students the opportunity for experiential learning and an opportunity to apply theory to practice. The students gain valuable educational experiences through the program orientation, staff meetings and training sessions. They also learn from parents through a well-established line of communication, keep parents informed of the participant’s progress in the program and offer activity ideas.

class information

The PMD program is offered as a 7-week course, ranging from 1- 3 credit hours depending on how many sessions a student registers to attend.Students can register through the UT portal in the “look up classes’” link under “My Registration Steps” on the top right.  Select the term and scroll down until you find “Recreation and Rec Therapy” for the subject. The class number is 4900- Seminar-Recreation and Leisure. There will be multiple sections referring to how many credits, the days they are offered, and the term (if it’s the first 7 weeks or the second 7 weeks of the semester).

The days the classes are offered per credit hour:
1.0 Credit hour: Saturdays only
2.0 Credit hours: Monday/ Saturday OR Thursday/ Saturday
3.0 Credit hours: Monday/ Thursday/ Saturday

The times when the course is offered during the days indicated above:
Mondays from 5:30pm-8:30pm
Thursdays from 3:30pm-6:30pm
Saturdays from 8:00am-11:00am


Students are more than welcome to participate in the program for volunteer hours and/or community service. This program offers great resume-building opportunities from the hands-on experiences that include: working with a child who has special needs, assessing and using observation skills, creating an individualized plan (IP) for the child, as well as working in an aquatic environment with the child. Volunteers are also required to complete the application form and attend orientation as explained below. 


The PMD Program is located on University of Toledo main campus in the Health Education Center (ROTC Building), Room 1190, in the main lobby.


It is mandatory that students and volunteers attend an orientation and receive training prior to starting the program. This allows them to understand policies and procedures, provide and ensure safety and proper care, and gain basic knowledge on working with children with special needs. Failure to attend orientation will require students to drop the course or receive a failing grade. Volunteers who fail to attend orientation will be prohibited from participating in the program within that 6-week term. Orientation is held at the PMD clinic within the first week of the 7-week course. Times of the orientation and training will be listed on the application forms.

Application forms will be sent by e-mail to course credit student and volunteers by the director of the program, Jacqueline Wilkins.

PMD Training Manual


For more information contact Jacqueline Wilkins at:

Last Updated: 12/11/17