Jim Thorpe Stroke Conference - An Interdisciplinary Approach to Stroke Rehabilitation Courses


Medications Commonly Used in Stroke Recovery

Course Description: This course will review classes of medication routinely prescribed to patients recovering from a stroke. In addition, we will cover common side-effects of these medications, as well as the utilization of medication for management and prevention of co-morbid conditions, including but not limited to recurrent stroke, deep vein thromboses, bladder management, and cardiovascular complications.  


Stroke Rehabilitation: Medical Considerations for the Rehabilitation Professional

Course Description: This course introduces the stroke diagnosis to appropriate rehabilitation professionals. Emphasis will be placed on incidence, prevalence, mechanism, and medical treatment of stroke. 


Physical Therapy Concepts in Stroke Recovery

Course Description: This course will address physical therapy concepts of stroke rehabilitation across the continuum of care including review of the most current evidence, clinical practice guidelines, and how to translate research into practice.  In addition, we will cover the principles of neuroplasticity and motor learning and how to utilize these concepts to maximize your patient’s recovery following stroke.


Occupational Therapy Concepts in Stroke Recovery

Course Description: Within this course, we will review Occupational Therapy concepts in stroke recovery including treatment of subluxation, ataxia and how to decrease pain in Chronic Hypertonic muscles of the upper extremity. We will also identify how to find the best match between the patient’s skills and performance of task in relation to self-care.


Stroke Concepts for the Speech-Language Pathologists

Course Description: This course introduces speech-language pathologists (SLP), and related professionals, to the role of the SLP in rehabilitation with patients who have suffered a stroke.  Emphasis will be placed on how different types of strokes result in different treatable conditions based on the extent and anatomical location of the cerebral incident.


Maintaining Skin Integrity for Patients following a CVA

Course Description: Proper skin management is crucial for individuals with CVA, especially when immobility is an issue. This course is designed for nurses and therapists to have a better understanding of how to properly maintain skin integrity for patients following a stroke. Participants will learn about specific needs for stroke patients, and the scales and personnel used in the management process. 


Communication for the Patient with Aphasia

Course Description: This course will provide learners with an understanding of aphasia and the concepts considered when treating within the rehabilitative process and how to prepare patients and their caregivers for a future in effective communication. Methods and tools utilized to reduce barriers to communication and examples of use will be presented. 


Applied Neuroanatomy in Stroke Rehabilitation

Course Description: This course will provide a review of neuroanatomy and vascular anatomy as it applies to stroke recovery. We will do an in-depth application study of the effects of stroke location and severity on patient presentation and recovery. We will discuss translation of this knowledge into clinical practice to maximize your patient’s outcomes during recovery from stroke. 


Pushing back Against Pusher’s Syndrome: Contralateral Pushing and Post Stroke Rehabilitation

Course Description: This course will discuss the cause and effect of contralateral pushing, the pushing behavior effect on post stroke rehabilitation.


A Hard Pill to Swallow: Dysphagia Management for the Post Stroke Patient, Section 1 and 2

Course Description: This two-hour course is broken into two sections.  The first hour will focus on best-practice for dysphagia screening, texture modification from a patient-centered perspective, and current research on effects of common respiratory equipment on swallow safety.  This first hour is approved for nursing and speech-language pathologists.  The second hour is specific to speech-language pathologists only and will cover research based differential dysphagia diagnosis and treatment.  


Using Aquatic Physical Therapy to Improve Gait and Balance with Stroke Patients

Course Description: During this session attendees will be educated on precautions and contraindications for aquatic therapy. We will discuss the properties of water and how they affect gait and balance, as well as different aquatic therapy techniques used to enhance stroke recovery.  We will review the benefits of using aquatic exercise to increase core strength and balance to assist with activities of daily living.


Neglect following Acquired Brain Injury

Course Description: This 1-hour course will provide a summary of hemi-inattention vs. hemianopia, appropriate assessment tools, and treatment intervention strategies. In addition, the visual perceptual hierarchy, field cuts, and visual contrast will be reviewed. Neglect and the impact on activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living will be discussed in detail along with treatment interventions, including a review of compensatory visual scanning training (C-VST). 


Bowel and Bladder Training following a CVA: Important Information for Rehabilitation Professionals

Course Description: This course is designed for attendees to understand the importance of bowel and bladder training as part of the stroke recover process. Attendees will receive in depth education in the areas of a bowel and bladder program, the goals of the program and the different associated procedures. Proper charting and tracking will also be discussed.  


How Do our Patients Measure Up: Outcome Measures for the Stroke Population

Course Description: In this multi-disciplinary course, we will cover common PT, OT, and SLP outcome measures used to evaluate and re-assess patient progress throughout the continuum of care. We will discuss how to select the appropriate outcome measure for your patient and practical clinical application of outcome measures for each discipline.


Why are you Acting this Way? Personality Changes Post CVA

Course Description: This course is designed for attendees to understand the importance of bowel and bladder training as part of the stroke recover process. Attendees will receive in depth education in the areas of a bowel and bladder program, the goals of the program and the different associated procedures. Proper charting and tracking will also be discussed.  


Edema Management of the Neurological Hand

Course Description: Rehabilitation of the neurological hand can be complex. One of the challenges can include edema management of the affected upper extremity. This course will include a lecture on the evaluation and assessment of edema of the neurological hand and include education on precautions and contraindications to various treatments followed by a lab session. During the hands-on portion of the course, participants will perform basic manual edema mobilization, kinesiotaping techniques, and compression bandaging to the hand to provide techniques immediately applicable to the clinical setting. 


Right Hemisphere Disorders and the Art of Looking Left

Course Description: This course will review neuroanatomy of the right hemisphere and evaluation and treatment for common cognitive disorders associated with a right hemisphere stroke.


Ankle Foot Orthoses: Patient Evaluation and Design Criteria

Course Description: This one hour introductory level course for PT/PTA, OT/ OTA, RN, Case Managers and other health care professionals provides an introduction to lower extremity orthotic treatment programs. AFO’s have evolved from a two-dimensional linear approach to a three-dimensional volumetric approach with the use of various thermoplastics. This presentation presents a variety of topics for discussion, leading the participants through the entire orthotic treatment program. The goal is to promote a multi-disciplinary approach to patients in need of lower limb orthotic rehabilitation programs.


This is How We Roll: Wheelchair Selection for the Patient with a Stroke

Course Description: Discuss the benefits and selection process for the most appropriate rehabilitation seating system and wheelchair for our patients who have had strokes. 


Acute Care Concepts in Stroke Rehabilitation

Course Description:  This course will provide information on the approach to the identification, assessment, and management of acute onset strokes. The course will focus on areas related to physical and occupational therapy and different treatment areas that are relevant to the acute care therapy setting.


Inpatient Rehab Treatment Strategies for Maximizing Recovery in the Acute and Subacute Stroke Patient Population

Course Description: This course will discuss the evaluation, treatment strategies, and progression of POC across the inpatient rehabilitation continuum of care for the post stroke patient population.


Outpatient Concepts in Stroke Recovery

Course Description: Course for physical and occupational therapists, focusing on the recovery of stroke recovery in the outpatient setting. This includes evaluation, treatments, and goals/documentation concepts. This will include recent changes to focus on treatment for gait speed and ways to focus on function return in treatment.  


Using AAC in Post-Stroke Language Recovery

Course Description: This course describes practical and patient-focused methods for AAC assessment and implementation for individuals that are post-stroke based on the individual’s current strengths and needs. 


An Interdisciplinary Approach to Stroke Recovery 

Course Description: A physical therapist, occupational therapist and a speech-language pathologist will discuss case scenarios of patients who are recovering from a stroke, with an emphasis on how each discipline contributes to the overall team. The importance of communication, collaboration and interdisciplinary team approach will be demonstrated and discussed to encourage attendees to implement in their practice.