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Promoting Neuroplasticity: Timing Matters


Adult - Distance Learning Videos

Instructed by Cathy Hazzard, B.Sc, MBA, PT, C/NDT and Teresa Siebold, PT, C/NDT

In the area of neurorehabilitation, crucial concepts have been recognized and studied to promote recovery of function. The terms repetition, intensity, and progressive challenge are widely recognized and used in clinical practice. However, there are other significant ingredients in the recipe for neuroplasticity that are required for efficiency within a team, as well as the for the client’s rehabilitation program. Transference – the idea that the acquisition of one skill will enhance that of another, interference – when dual or multi-tasking becomes too much for the client’s system and in fact impedes performance and learning, and coupling – when combining the activation of 2 muscles groups or of two body systems promotes the rewiring of these brain circuits together for functional movement, are three such concepts. This 3-hour workshop will focus on these three critical neuroplasticity principles known to influence recovery of function.

The session will include group problem solving and lab practice in assessment and intervention planning at the activity level of the International Classification of Function (ICF). Client case examples will guide discussion and practical work to identify the most significant impairments hindering function, as well as to plan interventions that integrate transference and coupling while minimizing interference. Session participants will explore how these concepts apply not only within a discipline specific session but collaboratively across the team continuum.

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Define transference, coupling, and interference as they relate to neuroplasticity.
  • Explain how ‘timing is everything’.
  • Identify the most significant impairments limiting clients’ function from the case examples.
  • Develop an activity-based intervention plan that maximizes client outcomes specifically utilizing the above neuroplasticity principles.
  • Demonstrate a variety of handling and cueing strategies that ensure transference and coupling while limiting interference.

Total Time: 2 hours, 12 minutes


Chapter 1
Credits: 2.00
Member Price: $40.00
Non Member Price: $80.00

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