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StrokeHelp ®: Improving Function and Awareness

presented by Jan Davis

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course provides important fundamental treatment principles and practical therapeutic guidelines that the entire team can use when working with stroke survivors. The step-by-step approach described in this course is supported by the latest findings in neuroplasticity.

Meet Your Instructor

Jan Davis, MS, OTR/L

Jan Davis, MS, OTR/L is an internationally recognized leader in providing clinical training for therapists working in stroke rehabilitation. Trained as an occupational therapist (OT) in the United States, Davis’ career has spanned several areas of healthcare. She has worked in inpatient rehabilitation centers, directed OT departments in rehabilitation centers located in California and Switzerland.…

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1. Introduction to Course

This introductory chapter provides an overview of how to use this learning module.

2. Introduction to Improving Function and Awareness in Stroke Survivors

Even before movement returns to the nonfunctional extremity, patients should be encouraged to incorporate the involved hand into daily functional activities. This chapter introduces the concepts of care that can optimize our patient’s potential for future functional gains even before the first treatment session begins.

3. Functional Treatment Ideas

This chapter illustrates examples of functional treatment ideas in standing as well as utilizing weight bearing, guiding and bilateral use of the upper extremities during functional daily activities. These simple tasks, which don’t require expensive equipment, can be used in any treatment setting including acute care, rehab, skilled nursing or home health.

4. Home Exercise Program

This chapter provides great visual examples of an upper extremity Home Exercise Program for stroke survivors. This seven-part program can help maintain ROM and prevent contractures of the upper extremity.

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