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Digital Seminar

2-Day: Stroke Rehab Certificate: How to Maximize Functional Recovery

Approx. 12 Hours
Dec 01, 2022
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After suffering a stroke, many emerge feeling trapped in a body that no longer works and fear the life they knew is gone. Furthermore, standard treatment strategies end with persistent long-term deficits and very basic gross motor skills at best. Your patient does not have to accept this fate and with the correct skillset, neither should you. Stroke rehabilitation does not have to be an either/or scenario – patients do not have to choose between walking or the ability to regain use of their arm!

While you may know techniques to facilitate movement in a flaccid UE and LE are similar:

  • Do you know how to improve each individually as movement emerges?
  • Are you able to easily identify methods to “force” movement and drive neuroplasticity in motor control and sensory recovery?
  • Can we re-create automatic movement (without thinking)?

Don’t miss this opportunity to get answers to these questions and leave with a groundbreaking evidence-based skillset to achieve life changing results for your patients!

You are working with a 68-year-old patient 2 weeks after a stroke who is demonstrating minimal wrist and finger extension + sensory impairment in their affected arm. Can you help this person achieve full use of their arm to dress, carry items while walking, open doors and turn on faucets? After this course – your response should be a resounding…”Yes!”

Unfulfilled rehabilitation potential is one of the greatest losses a stroke patient may face. Don’t miss your opportunity to learn the skills needed to completely redefine what is possible for quality of life after a stroke.


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Continuing education credit information is coming soon for this non-interactive self-study package.

CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements. 

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


Mike Studer, PT, MHS, NCS, CEEAA, CWT, CSST, FAPTA's Profile

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Mike Studer, PT, MHS, NCS, CEEAA, CWT, CSST, FAPTA, has been practicing physical therapy for over 30 years, having received degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Indianapolis. He has been board-certified as a Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy since 1995 and has been designated a Certified Exercise Expert in the Aging Adult (CEEAA) by the Academy of Geriatric PT since 2011. Mike has served as the Vice-president of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy of the APTA and has been the chair and vice-chair of several special interest groups at the national level in each of the Academies of Neurologic and Geriatric PT, including Balance and Falls, Stroke, and the Practice Committee in neurology. He practices at and founded Northwest Rehabilitation Associates, in Oregon. Mr. Studer has presented courses and published articles on neurologic and geriatric rehabilitation since 1995 and has authored and co-authored over 30 articles on topics of neurology and geriatrics, as well as several book chapters on stroke, cognition, PD and preventative care. Mike is a regular guest lecturer on a national and international basis at several universities and national meetings on topics of dual task rehabilitation, concussion, stroke, Parkinson's Disease, balance, motor control, motor learning in rehabilitation and sport performance, cognitive impairment and case management. He was awarded the 2011 Clinician of the Year by the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy and again in 2014 by the Academy of Geriatric PT - the first to receive this national distinction from each entity. In 2021, Mike received the Mercedes Weiss Service award from APTA Oregon. Mike achieved fellowship status through the APTA in 2020 for achievements in clinical practice, research, education, and leadership.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Mike Studer is the co-founding member and co-owner of Spark Rehabilitation and Wellness. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Mike Studer is a contributor to scholarly reviews and blog content for Physiotherapy Network. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Oregon Physical Therapy Association.

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  1. Analyze objective assessment data to gauge prognosis, treatment timeline and progression.
  2. Propose 3 techniques to successfully facilitate motion in the flaccid UE.
  3. Propose 3 techniques to successfully facilitate motion in the flaccid LE.
  4. Propose 3 applications of forced use therapy for UE sensory and motor recovery.
  5. Propose 3 applications of forced use therapy for LE motor recovery.
  6. Investigate evidence-based applications for post stroke gait training to achieve independent community ambulation.
  7. Demonstrate how to use dual task interference to promote automaticity in recovery of mobility.
  8. Demonstrate how to use dual task interference to promote automaticity in recovery of ADLs.
  9. Demonstrate effective documentation to support the use of dual task interference and demonstrate progress in divided attention. 
  10. Discriminate spasticity vs tone, the functional implications, and the best evidence in management of each.
  11. Identify multidisciplinary coordination opportunities for incorporation of dual task interference to achieve team goals and patient outcomes. 
  12. Identify objective interventions to rehabilitate impulse control with relevance for safety in mobility, MRADLs, ADLs, communication, and IADLs. 
  13. Differentiate the 4 main modalities of distractions in clinical and real-world dual task (DT) applications.
  14. Analyze the three guiding principles of DT training.
  15. Investigate the physiology of attention and DT in normal, rehabilitative, and impaired conditions.


The neurophysiology of stroke
  • Clinical decision-making impacting rehabilitation decisions
  • Intensity, timing, frequency, and prognostic expectations - specific to stroke subtype
Improving prognosis after stroke:
  • When you have seen one stroke…you have seen one
  • Personalizing care by presentation
  • Personalizing care by…person
  • Debunking the myths of stroke: UE v. LE; timing; and “where gains come from”.
  • Spasticity vs tone: An introduction to the difference and precursor to the treatments for each
Apply evidence to drive neuroplasticity with each presentation of paresis:
Upper Extremity
  • Flaccid to “Found”
  • Facilitate movement from a flaccid wrist or hand
  • Found to Function
  • Advance the UE from being available, to being “chosen”
  • Force more recovery: CIMT and beyond –
  • Techniques and tasks beyond a constraint
Apply evidence to drive neuroplasticity:
Lower Extremity & Fall Risk
  • Tasks and activities to facilitate movement
  • Develop neuromuscular resources
  • Strength, endurance, motor control, and balance
  • Forced use in action for LE recovery
  • Incorporate evidence-based practice
Engage patients to optimize outcomes
  • Apply the OPTIMAL theory of motor learning
  • Autonomy, enhanced expectancies, and external focus
  • Behavioral economics in rehabilitation
  • Identify traits of bias, decision making, and choice architecture
  • Facilitate compliance, intensity, and attendance
The future of stroke rehab
  • Robotics
  • Virtual reality (VR) and Brain Computer Interfacing (BCI)
  • HIIT, HIGT, task-specific circuit training, and early mobilization (acute care)
  • The resurgence of comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities (CORFs)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: Dual task tolerance, function, impulse control and, awareness
  • Background
  • Review of learning outcomes
  • Consequences of DT intolerance, reduced impulse control, and impaired awareness in your patients
Dual Task Rehabilitation: Constraining attentional resources to improve tolerance, function, and awareness
  • Explaining how & why DT rehabilitation works
  • Engaging your patients
  • Emerging trends and current applications in screen and testing DT
Interventions for DT
  • Applications in gait
  • Multidisciplinary interventions
  • Applications in balance, function, cognition, and fitness
  • Case studies

Interventions for awareness

Interventions for impulse control

Documentation in cognitive rehabilitation post stroke: Attention, awareness, and impulse control

  • Measurements and documentation tips for authorization/justification of care

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech and Language Pathologists
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialists
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physicians


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