The Key to Greater Independence and Mobility
Stroke is one of the leading causes of disability and loss of independence in America. Today, there are more than four million stroke survivors. Regaining mobility leads to renewed independence. Being able to walk again is the most common goal expressed by stroke survivors. The ability to walk post-stroke is associated with improved quality of life, greater independence, and return to life roles. Post-stroke gait is characterized by numerous deviations, which increase energy demand, decrease efficiency, create the need for assistance, and increase fall risk. The ability to transfer and stand moves individuals toward functional independence. Getting people mobile again is the emphasis of post-stroke rehabilitation. In order to do so, therapists need to be able to identify deviations, determine their case, and design effective treatment programs.
This one-day seminar provides practitioners with the foundations and tools needed to effectively get stroke survivors functional again. Participants will examine the etiology of gait deviations, aphasia, neglect, and their influence on the rehabilitation process. Using principles of neuroplasticity and motor learning and the reinforcement of normal movement, attendees will assess functional goals and treatments. Instruction will be provided to identify patients who would benefit from an ankle-foot orthosis. The class incorporates case study review, video analysis, and hands-on demonstration, and equips participants with practical, evidence-based techniques that can be applied in any treatment setting the next day.
What You'll Learn
• Discuss neuroplasticity and its importance for motor learning
• Explain pusher syndrome and how to manage it
• List three techniques to increase awareness of the neglected side
• Characterize expressive and receptive aphasia and explain two communication strategies for each
• Identify the components necessary to incorporate motor recovery into every transfer
• Define the role of ankle-foot orthotics post-stroke and who will benefit
• Describe the advantage of treating gait deviation causes instead of presentation