Treating Patients with Neurological Deficits

presented by J.J. Mowder-Tinney

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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, 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

  1. Neuroplasticity and Task Training

    1. Neuroplasticity and Task Training

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

  2. Motor Learning Theories

    2. Motor Learning Theories

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

  3. Standardized Outcome Measures

    3. Standardized Outcome Measures

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

  4. Pusher Syndrome

    4. Pusher Syndrome

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

  5. Cerebellar Ataxia

    5. Cerebellar Ataxia

    Describe optional interventions for cerebellar ataxia.

  6. Spatial Neglect

    6. Spatial Neglect

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

  7. Bed Mobility Interventions

    7. Bed Mobility Interventions

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

  8. Sit to Stand Interventions

    8. Sit to Stand Interventions

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

  9. Gait Interventions

    9. Gait Interventions

    Develop an appropriate and challenging intervention program to improve gait.