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Putting the Fun in Function

Function is a pivotal aspect of rehabilitation, yet we often miss the target. This course brings function clearly into focus and provides great information for patient care.

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About this Certificate Program

Function is a pivotal aspect of rehabilitation, yet we often miss the target. This course brings function clearly into focus and provides important information for patient care. Danielle Keyser, an award-winning occupational therapist, provides cutting-edge information on functional assessment tools and treatments. She then demonstrates, with multiple real patients, how to put this information to work in a real-life setting. Don’t miss this engaging look at function in rehabilitation.

Target Audience

Physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, and occupational therapist assistants in all settings

Goals & Objectives

  • Describe at least three current functional tests
  • Describe at least three evidence-based functional interventions
  • List easy-to-use pieces of equipment to enhance function
  • Describe how an occupational therapist works with function in the home
  • Discuss the challenges of working on function with our patients

What's Included in the Certificate Program

Accredited Online Courses*

6 hours of online video lectures and patient demonstrations.

Interactive Learning Assessments

Case-based quizzes to evaluate and improve clinical reasoning.

Case Study Interviews

Recorded Q&A sessions between instructors and practice managers.

Section 1: Putting the Fun in Function

4 Chapters

Putting the 'FUN' in Functional : Dizziness, Mobility, and Transferskeyboard_arrow_down

  • Upper Extremity Assessment and TreatmentChapter 1

    In this chapter, participants will be given the tools to analyze abnormal movement patterns of the upper extremity, specifically with identifying muscle recruitment patterns and compensation strategies for movement. Special emphasis will be placed on learning neuromuscular re-education techniques for muscle recruitment and movement initiation, as well as on the construction of a home exercise program that will promote normal movement patterns of the upper extremity using visual and tactile cues.

  • Dizziness Handicap Inventory, and Confirmation and Treatment of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)Chapter 2

    Join occupational therapist Danielle Keyser as she introduces and discusses the importance of the Dizziness Handicap Inventory, the Dix-Hallpike Test for the confirmation of BPPV, and the Epley-maneuver for the treatment of BPPV. Upon completion of this chapter, participants should be able to recognize the indicators of vestibular dysfunction.

  • Functional Mobility and Home Modifications for the BathroomChapter 3

    Home modifications are essential for improving functional mobility in the geriatric patient. In this chapter, participants will learn the importance and clinical reasoning for home modifications prescribed to Hubert, our case study patient with a case of dizziness and immobility. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding the reasoning for grab bar placement to decrease fall risk, safety precautions using suction cup grab bars, and information regarding how to access gross motor movements and areas for remediation with ambulation, tub bench transfer, and commode transfer.

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Putting the 'FUN' in Functional: IADLs, Mobility, and Car Transferskeyboard_arrow_down

  • Assessment and EvaluationChapter 1

    This chapter provides a strong foundation for assessing the patient David who has experienced difficulties with IADLs and mobility following a stroke. Danielle Keyser provides participants with the tools to recognize various UE/functional assessments and their functions. Tests to be discussed include the Functional Reach Test, Modified Barthel ADL Index, ROM testing, MMT, and evaluation of subluxed shoulder and UE tone assessments.

  • Functional Treatment ActivityChapter 2

    Using a hierarchy of cueing and prompting, learn how to grade a treatment activity to ensure the patient is working at their highest level of performance. In this chapter, occupational therapist Danielle Keyser provides useful strategies to identify motor planning, coordination, and problem-solving deficits and remediation strategies in food prep activity and how it generalizes to other ADL tasks.

  • Community Mobility and Wrap-UpChapter 3

    In this chapter, participants will learn to identify patient mobility deficits and the level of assistance needed for participation in the community. Learn to recognize the signs of isolation, depression, and inactivity, and understand how these factors are attributed with physical disability and can further decrease functional performance.

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Putting the 'FUN' in Functional: Pain Management, Environmental Safety, and Balancekeyboard_arrow_down

  • Background and Pain Assessment: Ecology of Human Performance (EHP)Chapter 1

    In this chapter, participants will come to understand the importance of participation and client engagement for gathering information on occupational roles, insights, perceptions of disability and pain in order to narrow down a treatment focus. Learn to use the model of EHP, and recognize that task performance is an interaction between a person, their environment, and the meaning one attaches to a task.

  • Balance Assessment and Balance Treatment Strategy: Motor Learning TheoryChapter 2

    A thorough balance assessment calls upon the utilization of the TUG and 4 Square Step Test, which provide clients with information on any crucial deficit areas (balance/fall risk) they may have. In this chapter, participants will learn how to provide specific feedback to the client in relation to normative data and function. Keyser discusses the appropriate method in which to use the model of Motor Learning Theory, and recognize the principles of practice and feedback during treatment, both internally through the sensory system, and externally through visual and verbal cues.

  • Functional Reach Test and Adaptive Equipment/Home Modification as a Treatment Strategy: Rehabilitation Frame of ReferenceChapter 3

    Occupational therapist Danielle Keyser instructs participants on how to correctly utilize the Functional Reach test for information on crucial deficit areas in balance and fall risk. Other topics to be discussed include instructions for using the Rehabilitation Frame of Reference, and recognizing the principle of independence through compensation with environmental modifications and adaptive devices.

  • Home Exercise Program: Ecology of Human Performance and Motor Learning TheoryChapter 4

    Why is a home exercise program useful, and how do you create one? In this chapter, Keyser highlights the essential information needed to create a home exercise program that integrates both motor learning theory and the EHP to increase participation. Upon completion, viewers will be able to recognize the importance of client participation and engagement in the treatment session, as well as the value of objective measures to gauge progress for successful outcomes.

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Geriatric Rehabilitation: Physical Therapy vs. Occupational Therapykeyboard_arrow_down

  • The Roles of PT/OT in Geriatric RehabilitationChapter 1

    In this chapter, participants will learn to verbalize the tenets that support the vision and framework of occupational therapy, understand how thorough evidence-based literature and practice principles (in this case principles for Alzheimer’s Disease) can be derived to guide the delivery of OT treatment, and become versed in five tests and measures that can be used in an OT evaluation.

  • Literature ReviewChapter 2

    Literature has proven to be an effective tool for guiding therapy strategies across many disciplines. Occupational therapist Danielle Keyser teaches participants how physical therapy intervention can enhance the rehabilitation program of each case study participant by providing the tools to analyze the occupational therapy treatment delivery of each case, and recognizing how the use of occupation based tasks improve function. Participants should seek to analyze the occupational therapy treatment delivery of each case study participant, and recognize how the use of objective tests and measures would be able to prove the efficacy of OT treatment.

  • Assessing Some Tools of the TradeChapter 3

    Join Danielle Keyser as she encourages clinicians’ creativity to use everyday items to improve function and independence. Keyser provides resources for inexpensive adaptive equipment, and emphasizes how affordable patient rehabilitation approaches can be.

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Danielle Keyser


Carole B. Lewis


CEU Approved

6 total hours* of accredited coursework.
MedBridge accredits each course individually so you can earn CEUs as you progress.

      Our clinic could not be happier with MedBridge.

Amy Lee, MPT, OCS
Physical Therapy Central

       MedBridge has allowed us to create a culture of learning that we were previously unable to attain with traditional coursework.

Zach Steele, PT, DPT, OCS
Outpatient Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Services

    MedBridge has created a cost-effective and quality platform that is the future of online education.

Grant R. Koster, PT, ATC, FACHE
Vice President of Clinical Operations, Athletico Physical Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I get CEU credit?
Each course is individually accredited. Please check each course for your state and discipline. You can receive CEU credit after each course is completed.

When do I get my certificate?
You will receive accredited certificates of completion for each course as you complete them. Once you have completed the entire Certificate Program you will receive your certificate for the program.

*Accreditation Hours
Each course is individually accredited and exact hours will vary by state and discipline. Check each course for specific accreditation for your license.

Do I have to complete the courses in order?
It is not required that you complete the courses in order. Each Certificate Program's content is built to be completed sequentially but it is not forced to be completed this way.

How long do I have access to the Certificate Program?
You will have access to this Certificate Program for as long as you are a subscriber. Your initial subscription will last for one year from the date you purchase.

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