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Treating Patients With Neurodegenerative Conditions

presented by Valerie Carter, PT, DPT, NCS, GCS and Kay Wing, PT, DPT, NCS

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Financial: Kay Wing and Valerie Carter receive compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Kay Wing and Valerie Carter have no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 55 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 27 Minutes

There are many different motor learning strategies a therapist can use to enhance patients' ability to learn new skills. This course will explore four motor learning strategies, the most effective teaching methods targeted to the specific neural structure involved, and eight additional effective ways to enhance motor learning and improve patient outcomes. When these strategies are used in combination, treatment sessions as well as long-term results will be improved. Compensation strategies for cognitive impairment will be presented. This course utilizes lecture, demonstration, and multiple patient video examples to enhance learning. This course is Part 2 in a five-part series encompassing the anatomy and treatment for patients with neurodegenerative diseases, including multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease.

Meet Your Instructors

Valerie Carter, PT, DPT, NCS, GCS

Valerie Carter, PT, DPT, NCS, GCS, is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and a board-certified neurological and geriatric specialist. She was awarded the Excellence in Neurologic Education Award by the APTA and is a full clinical professor in the Program of Physical Therapy at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. She graduated from NAU…

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Kay Wing, PT, DPT, NCS

Kay Wing, PT, DPT, NCS, is the owner of Southwest Advanced Neurological Rehabilitation (SWAN Rehab), an outpatient rehabilitation facility specializing in the treatment of stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological diseases. She received her physical therapy degree at Northwestern University and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University. She is a board-certified…

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1. Motor Learning in Patients With Neurodegenerative Conditions

Familiar principles of motor learning are discussed, with new insights and current research. This chapter presents explanations and demonstrations of the four motor learning strategies, with patient video examples for clarification. Specific attention is given to the importance of repetition and effective instruction.

2. Treatment Specific Considerations for Persons Aging With MS, PD, and ALS

A variety of interventions, when layered together in treatment, can enhance outcomes within treatment sessions and beyond for long-term improvement and function. Eight concepts for motor learning will be discussed and presented, with demonstrations and patient video examples for clarity.

3. Cognition in Persons With Degeneration

The incidence of cognitive decline is significant in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. This chapter will discuss compensation strategies for cognitive impairment in these populations.

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