Integrating motor learning strategies into task-oriented stroke rehab

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Facilitator: Vincent DePaul PT PhD Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University

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Session Overview: Physical rehabilitation can be seen as the process of learning or relearning how to perform the motor skills that are embedded in the meaningful activities of our daily lives. Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Pathologists, and Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Assistants working with adults with history of stroke, are challenged daily to optimize the effectiveness and efficiency of their therapy sessions to facilitate maximal relearning of these motor skills. Task-oriented training is a core element of effective stroke rehabilitation approaches. The impact of task-oriented training can be optimized through the integration of evidence-based motor learning strategies, including strategies related to organization of practice, provision of feedback, and engaging learners in decision making and autonomous practice.

Objectives: By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Identify and understand key evidence-based motor learning strategies to optimize the impact of task-oriented training in patients and clients with history of stroke.

2. Plan and apply key motor learning strategies during sessions with patients/clients with different functional assets and challenges.

3. Develop and implement an unsupervised practice plan incorporating motor learning strategies.

Session Format:

Learning activities will include didactic presentation, small and large group case-based discussions, and opportunities to implement and practice strategies on fellow participants in small groups.

Session will include an overview of the most recent literature in such areas as:

  • Practice: including content of training sessions, scheduling and amount of practice
  • Instruction, feedback and guidance: including focus of attention, schedule, error experience and correction
  • Motivation and engagement: including autonomy promoting strategies (self-regulation, engagement in decision making
  • Unsupervised practice: including observational learning and mental practice

In small groups, participants will work through cases representing a patients/clients with a different clinical presentations. Cases will then be discussed as a large group.

Target Audience:

Workshop will be most suitable for Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants/Physiotherapy Assistants. Other health professionals may find the content informative and applicable.

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