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Digital Seminar

Advances in Motor Control and Learning for Neurological Rehab

Ben Sidaway, BSc, MA, PhD, MPT
6 Hours 25 Minutes
Audio and Video
May 31, 2017
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In many rehabilitation settings, therapists are faced with the challenge of how best to teach motor skills to patients. In pediatric settings, the challenge is to optimize the learning of new skills, while in neurologic and geriatric settings, therapists primarily focus on changing inappropriate motor behavior and the re-learning of motor skills.

Successful therapists must be able to accurately determine the cause of motor skill impairments and then design treatment approaches that facilitate the learning or re-learning of motor skills. In today's fast paced health care environment, therapists must be adept in structuring the learning environment to promote the quickest and longest lasting changes in a patient's motor skills.

In this course, you will examine current theoretical and applied perspectives in the field of motor control and learning and will discuss their implications for therapeutic evaluation and treatment. Course discussion will be focused at the behavioral level and will compare and contrast information processing and dynamic systems models in understanding normal and pathological human motor behavior. Implications for treatment stemming from both approaches will be examined.

You will constructively criticize current assumptions underlying motor control rehabilitation and discuss how theoretical frameworks bias evaluation and treatment options. Given an understanding of past and current approaches to motor control and learning, you will be able to flexibly design their own unique treatment approaches to optimize functional outcomes in each patient.


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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing the on-line post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). 

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  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 profession's standards.  

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This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2106032TX and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 6.25 CCUs. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

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BEN SIDAWAY, BSc, MA, PhD, MPT, is a professor of physical therapy at Husson College in Maine where he teaches motor control and learning, anatomy, neuroscience and research methods. He also operates his own home health rehabilitation practice and is the Director of the Kenduskeag Institute’s Human Performance Lab. Dr. Sidaway has practiced in neurologic, orthopedic, pediatric and geriatric settings. Prior to teaching at Husson College, Dr. Sidaway was a professor of motor control and learning at Louisiana State University where he received two Outstanding Teacher awards.

Dr. Sidaway is originally from England where he earned a BSc in kinesiology at Loughborough University of Technology. He undertook postgraduate work in physical habilitation at Liverpool University and later earned an MA in motor behavior and biomechanics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a PhD from Penn State University in motor learning and control and an MPT from Husson College.

Dr. Sidaway has an extensive research background in motor control and learning with over 100 published papers and abstracts in national and international peer-reviewed journals. He regularly presents at scientific conferences and has made numerous invited presentations in the U.S. and Great Britain.

Dr. Sidaway has previously served as the associate editor of the international journal Human Movement Science and regularly reviews for other journals, including Physical Therapy, the official journal of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Ben Sidaway maintains a private practice. He is a professor at Husson University. Dr. Sidaway receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Ben Sidaway is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association; the North American Society for the Psychology of sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA); and the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).

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  1. Integrate recent developments in motor control and learning into interventions for pediatric, geriatric, and neurologic rehabilitation.
  2. Assess underlying causes of motor skill impairments.
  3. Differentiate between changes in performance and motor learning.
  4. Utilize the constraints theory to promote the re-emergence of motor skills in stroke patients.
  5. Describe instructional techniques that will facilitate motor skill learning during treatment.
  6. Incorporate a holistic approach to promote the re-emergence of motor skills.
  7. Design flexible evaluation and treatment programs for patients with neurological involvement based on current motor control and learning research.
  8. Utilize the process of perception-action coupling to help facilitate movement.



  • Reflex models
  • Peripheral control
  • Spinal control
  • Hierarchical and information processing models
  • The role of cognition
  • Motor programs
  • Mass-spring models
  • Dynamics systems and ecological models
  • The degrees of freedom problem


  • Treating spastic gait in children with cerebral palsy
  • Gait onset in children


  • Facilitation approaches
  • Manual guidance
  • Current motor control approaches
  • Bimanual coordination


  • Treating asymmetric weight-bearing in patients with hemiparesis
  • Improving performance of hemiparetic limbs
  • Improving Parkinsonian gait
  • Treadmill training in Down syndrome gait
  • Treadmill training for patients with neurologic insults
  • Improving motor coordination in patients with stroke


  • Acquisition
  • Retention
  • Transfer
  • Dual-task




  • Modeling
  • Verbal cues and instructions
  • Feedback
  • Contextual interference
  • Spacing of treatment
  • Mental practice
  • Motivation and goal setting


  • Improving motor skills in patients with Parkinson’s disease
  • Dorsiflexion strengthening for foot drop


  • The role of optic flow
  • Perspective control
  • Affordances

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 1


Sarah I

"Excellent course, lots of dense material that I will continue to digest. Favorite con ed course I've taken yet."

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