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Course Description

This course utilizes content from the textbook “Stroke Rehabilitation – A Function Based Approach” Third Edition by Glen Gillen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA © 2011, published by Elsevier.
Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate
This course provides the latest research in assessment and intervention; offering a definitive guide to successful outcomes in stroke rehabilitation.  The text combines aspects of background medical information, a comprehensive review of standardized and nonstandardized evaluation procedures and assessments, treatment techniques and evidence-based interventions.

Throughout this course clinicians are provided with specific suggestions to maintain a client-centered approach when working with stroke survivors.  The course includes the most up-to-date research on stroke rehabilitation from a variety of rehabilitation settings and professions, challenging the clinician to use the most current treatment approaches (including both remediation and adaptation approaches) to decrease impairments, prevent secondary complications, improve the clients ability to perform meaningful activities, decrease participation restrictions and improve quality of life.
To better meet your professional needs, this fully illustrated text of 776 pages has been carefully broken down by sections into 7 modules.  Each module approved for 10 contact hours of post-graduate continuing education (NOTE: board approvals vary state to state, please check your states approval status in the state specific course catalog by returning to our home page and entering both your state and profession).
Each 10 contact hour module can be purchased individually or combined with one or all of the other modules from this course to create a Course Bundle.  Each course is offered in two easy formats to again meet your professional needs.  You can choose to have immediate access to your course by selecting the online format (PDF download) or a hard copy of the material can be rushed to your home by selecting our mail format.  

Module Description

Included in Module 4:  Splinting, Functional Mobility, Gait Awareness and Visuospatial Impairments
Chapter 13:  Splinting Applications
Chapter 14:  Functional Mobility
Chapter 15:  Gait Awareness
Chapter 16:  Managing Visual and Visuospatial Impairments to Optimize Function

Module Goals

Stroke Rehabilitation
Module 4: Splinting, Functional Mobility, Gait Awareness and Visuospatial Impairments
Course Goals and Objectives
Course Goals: This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study on Clinical Reasoning, Neurobehavior Deficits, Cognitive-Perceptual Deficits and Speech and Language Deficits.
Professional Learning Objectives
1.    Discuss the various splinting applications available for stroke rehabilitation.
2.    Explain the biomechanical and neurophysiological approaches to splinting.
3.    Differentiate between dorsal splinting and volar splinting techniques.
4.    Discuss the implications for the finger spreader splint.
5.    Demonstrate knowledge in orthokinetic orthotics.
6.    Identify splints recommended for patients with hypertonicity.
7.    Differentiate between thumb loop and thumb abduction splints.
8.    Explain the considerations in prescribing and designing a splint for the distal extremity after stroke.
9.    Identify the consequences of prolonged positioning following immobilization.
10.Discuss treatment options for joint contractures with low-load prolonged stress.
11.Demonstrate knowledge in the results of prolonged wrist and digit flexion.
12.Discuss learned nonuse.
13.Explain the general fabrications guidelines of splinting material.
14.Discuss wrist, digit and thumb support when splinting.
15.Discuss functional mobility.
16.Identify problems associated with the mobility task of bridging.
17.Discuss the activities of sitting in the acute stages after a stroke.
18.Discuss weight shift during transfer techniques.
19.Demonstrate knowledge of the analysis of movement in the sit-to-stand movement.
20.Define motor impersistence.
21.List the advantages of the Motor Assessment Scale.
22.Discuss gait awareness.
23.Identify the observations of deviations in abnormal gait.
24.Identify the anatomical structures that most influence gait.
25.Discuss the affects of visual impairments on gait.
26.Demonstrate knowledge in the management of visual and visuospatial impairments.
27.List typical visual impairments that result from brain damage.
28.Define hemianopsia.
29.Differentiate between hemianopsia and diplopia.