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Motor Control Enhancing Functional Movement Through Central Nervous System Neuroplastic Change

Why take this Continuing Education Course?

Motor learning in the neurologically impaired population is a very individualized journey for every patient and for every therapist. Evidence-based research and clinical experiences has contributed to evolving motor learning theories that are being practiced in today’s healthcare environment. Interestingly, the manners by which clinicians influence motor control and motor learning vary throughout the life span. How we help a child who has never experienced movement will obviously vary greatly from how we help an experienced adult.

This two-day advanced course will systematically encourage critical thinking of how a therapist might carefully consider each patient’s unique parameters that will allow him or her to learn (or re-learn) motor control through central nervous system neuroplastic change. The course will explore the connection between neuroscience and clinical outcomes in a tangible manner such that meaningful progress can be achieved. Goal setting, measuring progress and addressing funding concerns will also be discussed in detail.

Unique pediatric, adult and geriatric challenges will be discussed with respect to creating the best possible outcomes. Discussion of outcome measure selection with consideration to the patient’s diagnosis and age will help the clinician follow, progress and formulate evidence-based strategies; as well as justify the need for therapeutic intervention within today’s health care funding parameters. A focus on implementing family-centered care will also be an important topic in this course.

This course will prepare PT’s, PTA’s and OT’s to objectively manage the neurologically involved client in a manner that will maximize their functional movement.


Physical therapy and Occupational Therapy Continuing Education Courses
  • Demonstrate understanding of neuroplasticity applied to patients with neurological impairment at any age.
  • Demonstrate understanding of various motor control theories and select valid concepts toward developing an effective plan of care for the patient with neurological impairment.
  • Identify sensorimotor impairments and effective therapeutic interventions based on video case studies.
  • Develop programs that enhance movement therapy strategies including task-specific training, activity based strengthening, and the benefits of neuromuscular reeducation across the life span with consideration of unique diagnostic and patient characteristics.
  • Identify unique characteristics within specific diagnostic groups that require special attention for developing motor learning.
  • Identify the secondary effects of abnormalities of tone and posture.
  • Perform outcome tests and measures that are reliable in assessing the level of recovery for the patient with neurological impairment at any age.
  • Identify important documentation elements toward insuring funding for necessary therapy intervention.
  • Discuss current healthcare legislation and the impact on family centered care.
  • Identify key evaluation and treatment techniques to enhance lasting function in a value-based accountability system.
  • Instructor name

    Selina Morgan, PT, DPT, NCS

    I have a wealth of experience to draw from in helping therapists provide accurate evaluations and treatment while avoiding the pitfalls that come from managing a large caseload of spinal cord injury patients and from navigating insurance company challenges.
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    PT OT Continuing Education Courses, Dates & Locations

    All courses are pre-approved by the state licensing boards for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and athletic trainers for license renewal in the state the course is offered.

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    State Continuing Education Course Approvals

    All courses are pre-approved by the state licensing boards for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and athletic trainers for license renewal in the state the course is offered.

    North American Seminars, Inc. is an AOTA provider for continuing education. Provider number 4487. Please download the specific course brochure for the AOTA classification and allotted AOTA hours. The AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products or clinical procedures.

    Courses provided by AOTA providers are accepted by NBCOT. 1 hour = 1.25 PDU.

    North American Seminars, Inc. (BOC provider P2047) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for the maximum stated hours of Category A hours/CEUs. Call for evidence-based status. Athletic Trainers should claim only those hours actually spent in the education program.

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    Online Continuing Education Course Resource For This Course

    PT PTA OT Online Continuing Education Course

    Spinal Cord Injury

    Price when purchased with registration: $ 79.95

    Delivery: DVD (if DVD - delivered to course site)

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