Motor Learning Strategies: Interventions at the Environment Level

presented by J.J. Mowder-Tinney

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The latest insight into the optimization of skill learning has shown profound implications for rehabilitation and recovery. This series of courses is designed to provide specific strategies, no matter the patient diagnosis, that can immediately be incorporated into any treatment session being performed. In this course, the participant will evaluate the appropriateness of integrating variability into plan of care. The course provides a comparison of two different feedback options and their impact on function. Instructor J.J. Mowder-Tinney also explores a comparison of two different cueing options to switch from internal to external focus of attention. At the end of the course, the participant will gain insight in how to appropriately modify two intervention ideas to increase intensity during a session to improve outcomes.

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Meet Your Instructor

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

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

    J.J. Mowder-Tinney received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami in Florida. She completed her doctorate in physical therapy at NOVA Southeastern University. She has over 20 years of experience in a multitude of clinical settings with the majority of experience with people with neuromuscular deficits. She is certified as a clinical specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). She also has extensive training and is certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), received her Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist (CSRS) certification from the American Stroke Association and her Certified Exercise Expert in Aging Adults certification from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. She was the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Education Award from the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy. She is currently an Associate Professor at Nazareth College in the physical therapy department. She teaches the Neuromuscular series that incorporates the onsite pro-bono clinic. In addition, she teaches an advanced neuromuscular elective. She has conducted nationwide seminars on the treatment of patients with neurological deficits, spinal cord injuries, balance challenges, Parkinson's Disease, and aging adults.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Strategies at the Environment Level

    1. Strategies at the Environment Level

    In this chapter, J.J. Mowder-Tinney discusses the appropriateness of integrating variability into the plan of care. Variability is discussed through problem solving and the challenge point framework to keep the learner actively involved in problem solving during the process of finding movement solutions. Two different options for feedback are discussed along with their impact on function.

  2. Focus of Attention

    2. Focus of Attention

    A learner’s focus of attention can be either internal, monitoring the way they move, or external, focusing on the actions of their movements and if the goal was achieved. J.J. Mowder-Tinney explores a comparison of two different cueing options to switch from internal to external focus of attention to increase effectiveness and efficiency of movement.

  3. Intensity and Mobility Training

    3. Intensity and Mobility Training

    Intensity incorporated into mobility training provides four benefits, which will be discussed throughout this chapter. Learners will be able to gauge the level of intensity based on a patient’s heart rate, as well as use seven dimensions of challenge to adapt a mobility-training program.

  4. Practice Session: Self-Cueing

    4. Practice Session: Self-Cueing

    J.J. Mowder-Tinney explains the importance of self-control cueing to keep your patient engaged and challenge themselves in motor learning. This practice session gives you quick and easy steps to facilitate your patient's involvement in their therapy. Starting from the beginning, keep your patient engaged and allow them to challenge themselves throughout the rehabilitation process.