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Treating Patients with Neurological Deficits

presented by J.J. Mowder-Tinney, PT, PhD, NCS, C/NDT, CSRS, CEEAA

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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 will provide therapists various treatment ideas to improve function for patients with neurological deficits. A framework for therapy will be reviewed stressing the importance of neuroplasticity and the research supporting this theory. Explicit intervention ideas will be given and organized in a systematic way to focus on analysis of movement, identification of impairments, and provide a variety of ways to incorporate motor learning strategies into functional movements. These strategies will include aspects of challenging the patient, facilitating error, increasing intensity, incorporating feedback, and utilizing the environment. Common difficulties such as pusher syndrome, cerebellar ataxia, and spatial neglect will also be discussed and specific interventions reviewed. Upon completion of this course, therapists will have specific strategies to incorporate evidence-based approaches into a variety of settings the next day in clinic.

Meet Your Instructor

J.J. Mowder-Tinney, PT, PhD, NCS, C/NDT, CSRS, CEEAA

J.J. Mowder-Tinney received her BS in psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder and her MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami in Florida. She completed her doctorate in physical therapy at Nova Southeastern University. She has almost 25 years of experience in a multitude of clinical settings, and the majority of her…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

1. Neuroplasticity and Task Training

Explain neuroplasticity and task oriented training in regards to the latest research and rehabilitation.

2. Motor Learning Theories

Compare and contrast different motor learning theories and how to implement with varying patient presentations.

3. Standardized Outcome Measures

Compare and contrast outcome measures that can be used for varying levels/settings of CVA.

4. Pusher Syndrome

Identify common problems with patients with pusher syndrome and how to best adjust the environment for treatment.

5. Cerebellar Ataxia

Describe optional interventions for cerebellar ataxia.

6. Spatial Neglect

Identify key aspects to include in intervention designs to treat neglect.

7. Bed Mobility Interventions

Develop an appropriate and challenging intervention program to improve bed mobility.

8. Sit to Stand Interventions

Develop an appropriate and challenging intervention program to improve sit to stand.

9. Gait Interventions

Develop an appropriate and challenging intervention program to improve gait.

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