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Practice Makes Perfect: Designing Home Programs That Work


Adult - Distance Learning Videos

Instructed by Monica Diamond, PT, MS, C/NDT

Have you ever been frustrated because your patients do not follow through with what you ask them to do? Should they change... or should you?

Participate in this workshop to explore the challenges and opportunities that exist when we ask our patients to follow through with activities outside of therapy. What are characteristics of a good home program? How do we encourage sufficient practice? How can we increase positive involvement of family members? How do we prevent repetition of incorrect movement patterns that that might lead to undesired plasticity? This session will incorporate examples of successful and unsuccessful home exercise programs, with discussion of contributing factors. We will discuss motor control challenges, such as finding activities that are effective and safe but also can be done with little or no assistance. Behavioral aspects of promoting carryover will be addressed, with suggestions for improving compliance.

Through case examples, participants will have the opportunity to critique home programs and to practice improving both the activities they assign and the instructions they provide. Target audience is PT, OT, and SLPs. The level of instruction is intermediate.

At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:

  • Identify positive factors that enhance performance of home exercise programs, as well as factors that limit carryover and follow through.
  • Become more creative in designing and implementing home programs that are integrated with the individualís daily activities. Develop strategies for behavior management to improve compliance with home programs.

Total Time = 2:43


Chapter 1
Credits: 2.75
Member Price: $50.00
Non Member Price: $100.00

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