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Neuro Invited Speakers: Jenny Hladun, PT, DPT, is a Physical Therapists at Craig Hospital, Laura Martel, PT, DPT is a physical therapist at Craig Hospital, Candy Tefertiller, PT, DPT, Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist, is the Director of Physical Therapy at Craig Hospital, Audrey Natale, PT, DPT is a Physical Therapist at Craig Hospital, and Cortney Wolfe, PT, DPT, is the PT Clinical Mentor and Education Coordinator at Craig Hospital.
Implementing Dual Task Training to Improve Balance and Functional Mobility in Individuals with Neurologic Insult
This course will provide a framework on implementing dual task training for individuals with neurologic insult. Discussion will include the current evidence for dual task training to improve balance and gait as well as the choosing appropriate outcome measures to determine the effectiveness of dual task interventions. Case studies and patient examples will focus on the implementation of dual task training in the clinical setting for mobility-impaired populations.
1. Describe the evidence in support of dual task training for individuals with neurologic insult
2. Identify outcome measures to evaluate the effectiveness of dual task training
3. Understand the importance of a patient centered framework of task selection for dual task activities
4. Explain the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to dual task training.
When Power Wheelchairs Fly: Airline Travel for the Neurologic Population
This lecture is designed to discuss airline travel and transfers for those with neurologic injuries, specifically in the SCI and TBI population. Topics that will be reviewed include: manual/power wheelchair breakdown/prep for travel, various styles of transfers for those who may not be able to ambulate onto the plane, how to perform weight shifts during flight, and various travel cushion options to preserve skin integrity.
- Participants will identify techniques for people with neurologic injury to safely transfer in/out of an airline seat and aisle chair.
- Participants will be able to help instruct how to prep a wheelchair for travel.
- Participants will be able to instruct how to perform weight shifts during airline travel and use of a travel cushion for pressure relief.
Wheelchair Adjustments and Cushions 101
This lecture will be an overview of how to make adjustments to both manual and power wheelchairs including adjusting laterals, backrests, footrests, headrests, etc. in order to promote best posture and maximize functional mobility. A review of various pressure relieving cushions and considerations will also be provided.
- Participants will be able to demonstrate how to make proper adjustments to manual and power wheelchairs.
- Participants will describe the differences in pressure relieving cushions and considerations for each type.
- Participants will learn how to properly off-weight tissue with a pressure relieving cushion.
These Boots are Made for Walking: A Review of Evidence and Interventions for Neurologic Gait Rehabilitation
This course is designed for physical therapists who want to further their knowledge in neurologic gait rehabilitation. Common gait pathologies seen after neurologic insult will be discussed along with the current state of the evidence regarding walking recovery after neurologic dysfunction. Therapists will be introduced to the utilization of advanced technologies in neurorehabilitation to maximize recovery and will participate in a practical lab session incorporating a variety of technologies including commercially based virtual reality systems, FES technologies, vibration, and robotic exoskeletons. This course is also intended to guide therapists in designing optimal interventions to maximize walking recovery due to neurologic injury.
- Describe common gait pathologies seen after neurologic insult and discuss the current evidence regarding walking recovery after neurologic insult.
- Discuss the practical application of recovery focused walking interventions across the continuum of care from acute rehabilitation to community integration.
- Experience the use of the following advanced technologies used in neurologic rehabilitation to promote walking recovery after neurologic dysfunction and discuss dosing and parameter modifications: a. Vibration b. Functional electrical stimulation c. Robotic exoskeleton
Pediatric Speaker: Suzann K. Campbell, PT, PhD, FAPTA, is Professor Emerita and former Head, Department of Physical Therapy, at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Introduction to the Test of Infant Motor Performance (TIMP), an Evidence-based Functional Activity Assessment for Infants
This session will provide an introduction to the TIMP, including information on test design, constructs assessed, validity, and appropriate uses.
- Describe three purposes of assessment for which the TIMP has been validated
- Identify the age range for which the TIMP is used
- Identify the theoretical constructs informing design of the TIMP
- Identify the types of postural and movement behaviors tested with the TIMP
- After observing a videotaped assessment, list several types of movement problems that are posed by the TIMP for infants to solve
- Explain the level of assessment of the TIMP according to the ICF model and compare with other infant assessment tools
Learning the Test of Infant Motor Performance (TIMP)
Session 2 (prereq is attendance at Session 1)–Learning the Test of Infant Motor Performance (TIMP) This session will provide guidance for learning to administer the TIMP and allows the learner to develop a personal plan for establishing competence in test administration.
- Explain the difference between observed and elicited TIMP items
- Explain the guidelines for correct administration of the TIMP
- Describe the administration procedures for the TIMP observed and elicited items
- Correctly apply TIMP scoring descriptors following observation of videos showing testing of selected items
- Identify strategies for supporting behavioral organization during assessment
- Develop a personal plan for learning the TIMP through reflection on practice opportunities and barriers to use of the TIMP in clinical practice
Use of the Test of Infant Motor Performance (TIMP) for Diagnosis of Delay, Parent Education, and Outcome Assessment
This session provides information of the impact of preterm birth on the infant brain, plasticity as a basis of early intervention, and case examples of use of the TIMP with an emphasis on its value for parent education and outcome assessment.
- Discuss the impact of preterm birth on the infant brain
- Describe the positive and potentially negative effects of brain plasticity as a basis for early intervention in the young infant
- Identify three studies that document the efficacy of the TIMP for parent education
- Defend the choice of the TIMP for assessment, parent education, home program prescription, and to measure change in motor performance over time through review of a clinical case example
Disparities in Access to Intervention for Children with Disabilities: Who Wins? Who Loses?
This session describes variations in access to early intervention across U.S. states, disability type and socioeconomic circumstances. Learners will have the opportunity to develop strategies for addressing disparities in access to services for children with disabilities.
- Describe disparities in access to early intervention for children in the U.S.
- Explain how test choice and standards for delay, as determined by state early intervention agency standards, affect access to intervention
- Define the characteristics of poverty as a health-related diagnosis
- Develop strategies for personal and collective action that may facilitate earlier access to services for families of children with special health care needs.
Telehealth Speakers: Alan Chong Lee, PT, DPT, PhD, CWS, GCS, Professor, Physical Therapy, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles, California, and Sarah Gallagher PT, DPT, NCS, and founder of The Dizzy Clinic.
From the Computer Screen to the Clinic on Monday
This two-part course will focus on telehealth physical therapy and implementation of telehealth into your clinical practice. We will discuss current evidence, history, and resources for physical therapists to utilize telehealth in practice followed by specific telehealth physical therapy implementation example in Colorado. The audience will participate with investigating secured telehealth portal as well as non-secure real time audio and video conferencing. Overall, telehealth is a tool to advance physical therapy practice by addressing convenience of travel, cost, and quality of life impacts overall care in the digital age.
- Define telehealth, telemedicine, and telerehabilitation
- Identify telehealth resources in physical therapy
- Develop telehealth implementation strategy for addressing clinical practice in your clinic
Low Back Pain Invited Speakers: Tami Struessel, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, Assistant Professor, and Amy Wallace McDevitt PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Assistant Professor, at the University of Colorado, Physical Therapy
More information on this track coming soon!