Application of Motor Learning and Neuroplasticity Principles with Patients Following Neurologic Injury: Promotion of Upper Extremity and Gait Recovery
This one-day course focuses on the application of neuroplastic and motor learning principles to maximize outcomes in the adult neurologic client. Attendees will learn a clinical problem solving approach for designing an intervention program utilizing advanced technology. Discussion will also focus on creative techniques to apply neuroplastic and motor learning principles in the absence of advanced technology, across the care continuum from acute rehab to community integration. The importance and timing of feedback will also be reviewed. This course is designed for PTs, PTAs, OTs and OTAs. The course format will consist of lecture in the morning session and lab/discussion in the afternoon session, where participants will practice utilizing advanced technology specific to their discipline, such as robotic exoskeletons, body weight support devices and functional electrical stimulation (FES) devices.
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
1. Define the principles of motor learning and neuroplasticity and apply current evidence in upper extremity (UE) and gait recovery with neurologic patients.
2. Apply techniques to incorporate motor learning and neuroplastic principles with and without advanced technology for UE and gait recovery in neurologic patients.
3. Discuss application of these principles across the care continuum, from acute rehab to community integration.
4. Experience the use of advanced technology in designing an intervention program based on motor learning and neuroplastic principles.
CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
Sheltering Arms is accredited by The Joint Commission® (www.shelteringarms.com). The course qualifies for 7.0 hours of Type 1 continuing education hours for PT, PTA, OT, and OTA licensure renewal in the state of Virginia.
A link to download the course handouts will be provided approximately one week prior to the course. Please print and/or download at your own discretion, as paper handouts will not be provided at the course.
SYMPOSIUM AGENDA (*Saturday, September 27)
8:00 – 8:30 Registration
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome and Introductory Remarks
8:45 – 10:15 Evidence for Application of Motor Learning and Neuroplasticity Principles in UE Recovery: Techniques Across Settings
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 12:15 Evidence for Application of Motor Learning and Neuroplasticity Principles in Gait Recovery: Techniques Across Settings
12:15 – 1:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00 – 2:30 Lab:
Group A: FES Bikes (UE/LE)
Group B: Locomotor Training (robotic/manual assistance)
Group C: Electrical Stimulation (Empi® units)
Group D: FES Units (UE/LE)
Group E: Dynamic Body Weight Support Systems, Split Belt Treadmill, Robotic Exoskeletons
Group F: Upper Extremity Technologies
2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 4:15 Lab (continued)
4:15 – 5:00 Review and Q&A
Meredith M. Bowen, MOT, OTR/L, C/NDT
Meredith received her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from James Madison University in 2007. She has been working as a float therapist for over six years, providing patient care in acute, inpatient and outpatient settings. Meredith also holds an advanced certification in Neuro-Developmental Technique. Meredith assisted in the creation of the Sheltering Arms iREACH clinical practice guideline for use of advanced technologies for upper extremity motor recovery. She currently leads the clinical iREACH team and recently presented the program’s research and technology at the national conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Amber M. Devers, PT, DPT, NCS
Amber holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Old Dominion University. She has over six years of experience in neurologic rehabilitation at Sheltering Arms and became an APTA board-certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist in 2012. Dr. Devers led the creation and implementation of the Sheltering Arms iWALK clinical practice guideline for use of advanced technology for gait recovery, and she is passionate about best practice for functional recovery in people with neurologic injury or illness. She is an APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) credentialed clinical instructor, has earned an advanced certification in Neuro-Developmental Technique and serves as the legislative chair for the Virginia chapter of the APTA.
Candy Tefertiller, PT, DPT, ATP, NCS
Candy is the Director of Physical Therapy at Craig Hospital. Candy received a B.S in Biology from Mount Olive College in 1997 and a Master’s in Physical Therapy from East Carolina University in 2000. She then completed a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Rocky Mountain Health Care University in 2008. Candy has been working in the field of neurological rehabilitation since 2000, received an assistive technology practitioner (ATP) certification in 2005, and became a certified neurological clinical specialist (NCS) in 2007. She has been involved in numerous research projects and has focused much of her career on interventions and program development promoting recovery after neurologic injury or disease. Candy is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Neurologic Section.