Evidence-Based Assessment and Treatment for Stroke Recovery

Ron Sheppard, OTD, OTR/L, C/NDT, FABDA

Evidence-Based Assessment and Treatment for Stroke Recovery

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This course is part of Summit's Stroke Certification Series.

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Course Highlights

  • Extensive hands-on lab instruction in techniques youcan use immediately with your clients
  • Learn to develop your own personal Neurological Activities "Bag of Tricks"
  • How to build balance and core strength for functional improvement of the upper and lower extremities
  • Stroke Simulation Labs: experience the physical effects of stroke, movement and tone inhibition on the upper and lower extremities
  • Learn how to manage the edematous Upper Extremity in 4 treatment sessions or less
  • Immediately improve your client's functional fine motor coordination using practical treatment techniques

Additional Info

By the year 2050, one in every 5 people living in the United States will be in the age category of 65 or older thus resulting in a surge of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders. These trends will necessitate effective, non- invasive treatment strategies to address impairments associated with conditions such as hemiplegia, edema, and changes in muscle tone. Stroke related physical disabilitiesinclude but are not limited to edema, hypertonicity, hypotonicity, lack of coordination, contractures, and skin breakdown.

This hands-on* one day workshop is designed to guide participants through effective, non-invasive treatment techniques for tone inhibition, edema reduction, increasing mobility of the upper extremity, realignment of the capitate bone, improving fine motor coordination of the hemiplegic hand, personalized Neurological Fine Motor Coordination (FMC) Activities "bag of tricks", and movement strategies for imbalance of the antagonist and agonist muscles toward flexion/extension of the upper extremity. Participants will focus on the fundamentals and techniques of Neurological FMC as well as specific applications appropriate for personswith stroke to improve independence with ADLs, IADLs, and Leisure Performance. This workshop will provide participantswith functional reimbursable techniques they can immediatelyintegrate into their treatments that can be used in virtually anyenvironment with few contraindications.

*Hands on lab will be modified for Web based delivery formats into recorded demonstrations

  1. Apply treatment techniques to manage the edematous upper extremity in 4 treatment sessions or less.
  2. Utilize simulated opportunities to illustrate the physical effects of stroke to enhance empathy and "walk in your client's shoes."
  3. Identify items to fabricate your own personal Neurological FMC Activities "Bag of Tricks."
  4. Perform a comprehensive assessment of the hemiplegic upper extremity.
  5. Incorporate treatment techniques to improve fine motorcoordination of the hemiplegic upper extremity in any treatment setting.
  6. Describe treatment techniques to inhibit the imbalance of the antagonist and agonist muscles toward flexion of the upper extremity.
  7. Perform treatment techniques for movement strategies of the hemiplegic upper extremity.
  1. Introduction to the Treatment of the Hemiplegic Upper Extremity
    1. When evaluation begins
  2. Fabrication of Neurological FMC Activities "Bag of Tricks"
    1. Supplies
    2. Stroke simulation of the upper and lowerextremities
  3. Assessment of the Hemiplegic Upper/Lower Extremities
    1. Color
    2. Edema
    3. Skin integrity/breakdown
    4. Pain
    5. ROM/contractures
  4. Hand Assessment Lab*
    1. Capitate bone
    2. Disuse atrophy
    3. "Flat hand"
    4. Return the arch
  5. Upper Extremity Edema Lab*
    1. Management of the edematous hand
    2. Pillow technique and reasoning
    3. Edema pumping
    4. Wrist mobility
    5. Body on upper extremity
    6. Surface on upper extremity
    7. Body/surface on upper extremity
  6. Movement Strategies of the Hemiplegic Upper Extremity
    1. Movement Lab*
    2. Hand over hand taping
    3. Functional grasp and pinch
  7. Tone Inhibition of the Hemiplegic Upper/Lower Extremities
    1. Inhibit the imbalance of the antagonist and agonist muscles toward flexion of the upper extremity
    2. Tone Inhibition Lab*
    3. Opening/hygiene of hand
    4. Ball technique of vibration
    5. Weight bearing techniques
  8. Fine Motor Coordination of the Hemiplegic Hand
    1. Fine Motor Lab*
    2. Transposing/transcending
    3. Grading of grasp/pinch
    4. Bilateral UE re-education
    5. Paper towel wading
    6. "Around the Bases"

*Hands on lab will be modified for Web based delivery formats into recorded demonstrations

Ron Sheppard, OTD, OTR/L, C/NDT, FABDA is a clinician, university educator, speaker, and consultant with over 30 years of clinical experience focusing on rehabilitation through the life span of the neurologically impaired populations. Dr. Sheppard is an experienced occupational therapist who has specialized in stroke rehabilitation with an emphasis on Neurological Developmental Treatment (NDT). He was instrumental in the establishment of three outpatient OT clinics and continues to treat private patients at various stages of their stroke recovery between his Summit workshops.

Dr. Sheppard was previously an adjunct professor at Milligan College's MSOT Program where he developed and taught the geriatrics class and performed live patient neuro labs. Dr. Sheppard also has experience in online education supervising OTD candidates for their final capstones at the University of St. Augustine. He recently excepted a full-time teaching position at Emory & Henry College's School of Health Sciences as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. Sheppard will be responsible for teaching the adults/older adults class, neuro and advanced neuro (all with labs) in the doctoral OT program. Dr. Sheppard received his education from Carson-Newman University (where he was a member of the football team) of Jefferson City, Tennessee, East Carolina University of Greeneville, North Carolina, and from University of St. Augustine in St. Augustine, Florida.


FINANCIAL: Ron Sheppard is compensated by Summit as an instructor.

NONFINANCIAL: Ron Sheppard is a member of the Mid Atlantic Clinical Ladder Committee for Gentiva Health Services.

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