Jan Davis skillfully combines Motor Learning Theory with handling methods designed to improve upper and lower extremity function with actual stroke survivors. She uses functional activities taken from real-life and makes complex principles easy to understand. In Part A, the first of this two-part course, you will follow four stroke survivors as their key problem areas and treatment goals are identified and treatment begins.
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. She has held faculty and guest faculty positions at universities. In addition, Davis has presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the American Society of NeuroRehabilitation and the American Academy of Neurology. Davis is committed to providing interesting and highly effective training materials developed specifically for the purpose of improving the quality of life for stroke survivors. Since 2000, Davis has developed state of the art educational materials for both practicing clinicians and educational programs and universities schools for PT and OT education. Her unique and highly successful multi-media programs combine excellent written materials with state-of-the-art video technology. With an emphasis on evidence-based practice, Davis completed her MS degree in Health and Rehabilitation Science in 2007. Her work has been published in university texts, medical journals, and publications for OTs and PTs. She has written articles to provide helpful information for families and caregivers published by the American Stroke Association and the National Stroke Association. Perhaps best known for providing high-quality continuing education to physical therapists and occupational therapists worldwide, she makes complex principles easy to understand as she provides practical, functional treatment ideas to illustrate her classes. Her teaching style is highly effective as she skillfully combines Motor Learning, Motor Control and NDT theory.
This introductory chapter provides an overview of how to use this learning module, and presents the course workbook used throughout the chapters.
In this chapter Jan Davis provides the foundation for treatment strategy utilizing functional tasks taken from real life. She outlines each of the 5 stages of her approach beginning with Evaluation, through Clinical Reasoning, Establishing Goals, Preparing for Function and concluding with Functional Activities.
Exceptional skills in observation and evaluation, traits shared by master clinicians, can be learned and developed. The focus of this chapter is to establish a baseline for acquiring exceptional skills in clinical observation (both visual and tactile) during the interview and initial assessment. Watch Jan Davis as she initiates her treatment and follow along with her assessment of four stroke survivors.
With clinical reasoning the problem solving really begins! Identifying prognostic indicators, interpreting impairments and determining solutions to key problems identified are clearly presented and illustrated with patient videos. This chapter helps the participant learn to develop the most effective overall treatment program for their stroke survivor.
This chapter continues to expand with clear, concise and effective ways to write treatment goals that meet the requirements of third party payers. In this chapter you will learn how to efficiently write goals that include the four necessary components: 1) Functional Outcome, 2) Patient Skill or Behavior, 3) Tools for Measuring, and 4) Time Frame.