Dual Task Training in Stroke Rehabilitation: Recovering Automaticity in Gait, ADL, Swallow and Other Procedural Memories

Presented by Mike Studer, PT, MHS, NCS, CEEAA, CWT, CSST

Meet Your Instructor

  • Mike Studer, PT, MHS, NCS, CEEAA, CWT, CSST
    Mike Studer, PT, MHS, NCS, CEEAA, CWT, CSST

    Mike Studer, PT, MHS, NCS, CEEAA, CWT, CSST received his physical therapy degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1991. He received his post-professional MHS degree in physical therapy with neurologic emphasis from the University of Indianapolis. He has been board-certified as a Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy since 1995 and has been designated a Certified Exercise Expert in the Aging Adult (CEEAA) by the Academy of Geriatric PT since 2011. Mike has served as the Vice-president of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy of the APTA and has been the chair and vice-chair of several special interest groups at the national level in each of the Academies of Neurologic and Geriatric PT, including Balance and Falls, Stroke, and the Practice Committee in neurology. He is a full-time treating therapist at and founder of Northwest Rehabilitation Associates, in Oregon. Mr.Studer has presented courses and published articles on neurologic and geriatric rehabilitation since 1995 and has authored and co-authored over 30 articles on topics of neurology and geriatrics, as well as several book chapters on stroke, cognition, PD, and preventative care as well. Mike is now regularly a guest lecturer on a national and international basis at several universities and national meetings on the topics of stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, balance, motor control, motor learning, cognitive impairment and case management. He was awarded the 2011 Clinician of the Year by the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy – a section of the American Physical Therapy Association – and in 2014 the same award by the Academy of Geriatric PT – the first to receive this national distinction from each entity.

Learning Objectives

  • — Name the three guiding principles of DT (dual-task) training.
  • — Identify the four main modalities of distractions in clinical and real-world DT applications.
  • — Identify the physiology of attention and DT in normal and in various stroke presentations.
  • — Identify compensatory strategies for those unable to improve DT after stroke
  • — Create an individualized program for patients recovering from stroke.


5:00pm-5:10pm Chapter 1: Why Should I Distract My Patients? The Case for Dual Tasking
5:10pm-5:25pm Chapter 2: The Physiology of Attention and Dual Task Management
5:25pm-5:35pm Chapter 3: Evidence-Based Learning in Normal and Post-Stroke
5:35pm-5:50pm Chapter 4: Functional Relevance of Dual Task Tolerance After Stroke
5:50pm-6:15pm Chapter 5: Dual Task Testing After Stroke
6:15pm-6:25pm Break
6:25pm-6:55pm Chapter 6: Dual Task Training for Distraction Tolerance in the Home and Community
6:55pm-7:20pm Chapter 7: Dual Task Training to Promote Automaticity After Stroke
7:20pm-7:40pm Chapter 8: Documentation, Technological Advances, and Compensations for Non-responders
7:40pm-7:45pm Break
7:45pm-8:15pm Question and Answer Session