Motor Learning Strategies: Principles for Application

presented by J.J. Mowder-Tinney

Accreditation Check:

It is an exciting time in rehabilitation. The expansion in the literature regarding the benefits of incorporating motor learning into any type of intervention is undeniable. The latest evidence has shown profound implications for rehabilitation and recovery providing new insights into the optimization of skill learning. This course series takes these beneficial theories and turn them into practical and easy to use approaches for therapists to use in the clinic on Monday. Currently, the principles of motor learning are commonly found as definitions in textbooks that lack explicit utilization into clinical practice. However, the research on attaining a new motor skill is extensive and requires the inclusion of adjustments in feedback, incorporation of variability, problem solving, motivation and attention while addressing intensity. It is a critical time to disseminate this beneficial information into everyday practice. This module is designed to provide specific strategies, no matter the patient diagnosis, that can immediately be incorporated into any treatment session being performed. In addition, the course provides examples of how to adjust your practice to make the motor learning process the most effective, resulting in better outcomes.

Meet Your Instructor

  • 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 more than 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). Dr. Mowder-Tinney has extensive training and is certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT). She 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 aging adults and patients with neurological deficits, spinal cord injuries, balance challenges, and Parkinson's Disease.

    Read full bio

Chapters & Learning Objectives

Download Learning Objectives
  1. Motor Learning Principles

    1. Motor Learning Principles

    During this introductory chapter, J.J. Mowder-Tinney defines motor learning and basic motor learning principles. Also a comparison of three different theories in the motor learning literature is discussed.

  2. Strategies at the Person Level

    2. Strategies at the Person Level

    In this chapter, participants will identify two assessment findings of an individual and its impact on designing an intervention. Participants will also design two treatments to emphasize patient engagement.

  3. Strategies at the Task Level

    3. Strategies at the Task Level

    This follow up chapter to ‘Strategies at the Person Level’ will give the participant the tools to define part versus whole training in the context of two different intervention ideas. J.J. Mowder-Tinney describes how to adjust two different interventions to incorporate dual task training, and compares three different types of task specific training.

  4. Next Steps in Motor Learning Strategies

    4. Next Steps in Motor Learning Strategies

    Learn about the next steps to solidify your motor learning strategies. Learn about the additional courses offered by J.J. Mowder-Tinney in this course series, as well as recommended references and worksheets to practice cueing your patient.