Mike Studer, PT, MHS, NCS, CEEAA, CWT, CSST, FAPTA, will present the course “Neuroplasticity: A Novel and Practical Application to Induce Functional Movement” at Ascension Healthcare in Wauwatosa, Wis., Oct. 8-9, 2022. This course on neuroplasticity is intended for physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, or occupational therapist assistants.

Course Description

This course on neuroplasticity will reveal a novel and intense clinical approach built specifically for persons that are 6 months or more in recovery post cerebrovascular accident (CVA); with multiple sclerosis (MS), with Parkinson’s disease (PD), or after brain injury or surgery (from concussion, to TBI, to tumor). This approach includes interventions that are designed and built directly from evidence and are adapted with consideration for the unique attributes of changes in the body and brain months and years after CVA/brain injury and with disease-onset for years. Additionally, this application will reveal incorporation of recent advances in motivation, motor learning, and practice – displaying all through videotape case study demonstration. 

Attendees will be engaged in thought-provoking presentations that change previous misconceptions about the timeline of recovery and potential for improvement years after CVA, and the potential to recover with MS, PD, concussion in the elderly, etc. This course on neuroplasticity builds on recent evidence of high-intensity interval training, procedural memory training, circuit training, task specific overtraining, motor learning, OPTIMAL, forced-use, and many more – across mobility, communication, cognition, and ADL applications. Providing the learner from all practice points with tools to rehabilitate clients regardless of equipment and technological availability.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course on neuroplasticity, participants will be able to: 

●          Identify physiologic changes that occur in many individuals months and years post CVA, brain injury, and with PD. 

●          Apply recent evidence in motor learning and motivation to maximize the recovery of procedural memories and automaticity for clients in chronic stroke rehabilitation.

●          Apply recent evidence in practice structure and feedback to maximize the recovery for clients after brain lesion/injury.

●          Debunk rehabilitation myths about recovery dependence on timing and technology in effective rehabilitative outcomes in those with brain injury, degenerative disease, or stroke.

●          Explore the relationship between the various invisible conditions: chronic pain, functional neurologic disorders (FND), persistent postural perceptual dizziness (PPPD), and persistent post-concussion syndrome (PPCS). 

Course on Neuroplasticity Information

Ascension Rehabilitation Services is a WISHET (Wisconsin Society for Health Education and Training) provider.  A Certificate of Completion will be issued at the conclusion of this session providing 12.0 contact hours. Participants must attend the entire course to receive a course certificate. This course has been approved to be valid for continuing education credits in the state of Wisconsin.

For more information and to register, contact [email protected].