Every 40 seconds someone in the United States experiences a stroke. Over 80% of the rapidly increasing population of stroke survivors exhibit impairments that significantly compromise independence and quality of life. For that reason it is imperative that therapy practitioners have a strong understanding of neuroplasticity and motor recovery as well as their impact on occupation and quality of life. The challenge of achieving upper extremity motor recovery in patients with neurological impairments may be solved by intertwining motor learning concepts into therapeutic intervention.  In order for practitioners to fully integrate the concepts of motor learning and neuroplasticity motor learning theory and what drives neuroplasticity must be better understood. This course focuses on educating therapists on neuroplasticity, what drives functional improvement and how practitioners can utilize motor learning theory and occupation-based interventions to improve functional outcomes.  Evidence supporting these interventions and how to effectively implement this evidence into practice will also be included in order to challenge therapists to examine current treatment practices.

ONLINE COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • Identify conditions under which neuroplasticity occurs
  • Identify basic motor learning theory and its link to neuroplasticity
  • Apply motor learning theory to develop appropriate occupation based interventions for stroke survivors
  • Identify the impact of meaningful occupation on neuroplasticity

ONLINE COURSE AGENDA

  • What is neuroplasticity?
  • What drives brain change?
  • How do we integrate this into practice?
  • Assessment Strategies
  • Intervention Strategies
  • Q/A Session
  • Adjourn

ONLINE COURSE INSTRUCTOR

  • Angela Reimer, MOT, OTR/L, CKTP

Angela Reimer, MOT, OTR/L, CKTP received her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Master of Occupational Therapy from The University of Findlay.  She brings 13 years of clinical experience with geriatric and neurologically impaired populations.  Additionally Ms. Reimer is a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner, a member of Kinesio Taping Association International (KTAI), the American Society for Neurorehabilitation, and The American Occupational Therapy Association, and is a member of several regional and national practice committees suchas the AOTA’s national credentialing committee. Ms. Reimer has presented courses across North America on taping and stroke rehabilitation, including, most recently, a “standing room only xecutive function course for stroke practitioners at the 2013 AOTA conference.

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