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  • Physical Therapy Assistants
Hours: 13 Contact Hours
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Item # QSN13
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This bundle is designed for  clinician with an interest in developing their clinical skills in treating individuals with neurological conditions.  In addition to three courses focusing on specific conditions, this course includes an introduction to wheelchair seating and positioning.  Together this bundle offers a well-rounded selection of courses to enhance physical therapy practice and patient care.

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Traumatic Brain Injury: Impairments, Assessment, and Interventions, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # Q3508  

Release Date: August 8, 2016

Expiration Date: August 8, 2019

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of disability in the United States, resulting in 2.5 million individuals assessed in the emergency department annually. Individuals with resultant disabilities from TBIs require thorough and efficient interventions from physical therapists to maximize function and independence. Each individual sustaining a TBI is different in his or her clinical and functional presentation. TBI signs and symptoms vary based on many factors, some of which are the location of the brain injury, severity of the injury, circumstances surrounding the injury, patient age, and the provision of timely medical interventions. Motor, sensory, and cognitive impairments generally result from a TBI. Research supports early medical and rehabilitation intervention to achieve optimal outcomes and return individuals to their previous levels of functioning. The updates in this course provide the rehabilitation professional with current resources to assist in optimal clinical decision making for those affected by TBI.

Physical therapists may encounter clients with TBI at various stages in their lifespans and in a full range of healthcare settings. The course should be especially helpful to clinicians who do not routinely encounter this disorder. This course addresses prevalence, causes, and classifications of TBIs; motor, sensory, and cognitive impairments of body structures resulting from a TBI; TBI-specific outcome measures; specialized examination and intervention considerations; and a review of the long-term consequences that may present in a person who has sustained a TBI. Supplemental resources are also provided for physical therapy professionals who desire to further their understanding of the care of those with TBIs.

 

Texas PTs & PTAs - This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1911021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT & PTA license renewal in Texas.

Ohio PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, Approval #18S0686

California PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California through Net Education Design, Inc., an agency recognized by the board to approved courses that meet Physical Therapy Regulations 1399.96.

Florida PTs & PTAs – The Florida Board of Physical Therapy accepts this course based on its pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content
  • There are no prerequisites for this course
Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Identify the prevalence and primary etiologies of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
  • Describe the criteria used to classify TBIs.
  • Identify common impairments of body structure and function resulting from TBIs, along with appropriate assessment tools.
  • Identify common activity limitations and participation restrictions resulting from TBIs, along with appropriate assessment tools.
  • Select the most appropriate interventions for patients with TBIs.
  • Describe long-term consequences or complications of TBIs.
Author Bio(s)

 

Kristine Legters, PT, DSc, NCS, is a physical therapist with more than 30 years of experience examining and treating patients with neurologic dysfunction, of which 12 years were in brain injury rehabilitation. Her current clinical practice is with adults with developmental disabilities in the group home setting. Dr. Legters is the chair and associate professor in the Gannon University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, where her primary teaching responsibilities are neuroscience and adult neurologic rehabilitation. She received a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, a master of science degree in health science administration at Gannon University, and a doctor of science degree in neurological physical therapy at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She is a Neurologic Certified Specialist with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dr. Legters has published and presented on a broad range of topics, including fear of falling in older adults and persons with vestibular dysfunction and post-polio syndrome.

 

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Erin Riley, DPT, NCS, received her bachelor of science and MSPT degrees from Boston University and her doctorate in physical therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Currently a clinical assistant professor at Boston University in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training,
Dr. Riley maintains an inpatient rehabilitation practice at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. She has practiced for more than 12 years with patients with various neurological conditions. Most of that time she has been working specifically with patients in the acute and post-acute rehabilitation phase after brain injury. She teaches in the content areas of clinical education and neurological rehabilitation, and is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association of Massachusetts in the neurological special interest group.

Cerebral Palsy Across the Lifespan

Price: $29.95 
Item # Q3473  

Expiration Date: November 12, 2018

This intermediate-level course provides updated, evidence-based information for physical therapists (PTs) who work with individuals who have cerebral palsy. This course will be particularly helpful to clinicians who have not recently reviewed the literature related to cerebral palsy, and to those who do not frequently provide physical therapy services for this population. Physical therapists who received their training before the profession’s move to doctoral-level training may also find this course helpful because of its focus on the clinical reasoning skills that are necessary when patients can directly access physical therapists without physician referral.

Most physical therapists in pediatric clinical settings will encounter individuals with cerebral palsy. Because pediatric and school-based clinical services typically end by the age of 21, physical therapists and who provide treatment in adult therapy settings also need to be competent in treating this rapidly growing segment of the adult population. Physical therapists who work with this heterogeneous population need to be aware of the many factors critical to clinical decision making. This course will address prevalence, etiology, diagnosis, classification, examination, evaluation, prognosis, interventions, and outcomes for individuals with cerebral palsy across the lifespan. The course also describes the role of PTs in providing family-centered care. Because the body of literature related to this diagnosis is extensive, this course will provide an overview of the most salient issues that impact the clinical decisions and care provided by physical therapists. Clinicians who desire a more in-depth understanding of cerebral palsy are encouraged to pursue applicable resources more extensively.

California PTs & PTAs  – Approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California through Net Education Design, Inc., an agency recognized by the board to approved courses that meet Physical Therapy Regulations 1399.96.

Florida PTs & PTAs – The Florida Board of Physical Therapy accepts this course based on its pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

Texas PTs & PTAs - This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1911021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT & PTA license renewal in Texas.

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Identify the prevalence, primary etiologies, diagnostic criteria, and common problems associated with cerebral palsy (CP).
  • Describe the different methods used to classify CP.
  • Describe the models used in clinical decision making for individuals with CP.
  • Describe a physical therapy examination, including the most appropriate tests and measures for individuals with CP.
  • Identify secondary conditions that develop in adults with CP.
  • Describe the prognosis for individuals with CP.
  • Describe the evaluation process and components of the plan of care for individuals with CP.
  • Identify interventions for individuals with CP that are best supported by current evidence.
  • Describe the role of the physical and occupational therapist in the continuum of care and family-centered care.
Author Bio(s)

Lisa Dannemiller, PT, DSc, PCS, has had more than 28 years of clinical experience working with persons with developmental disabilities, including those with cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular conditions. In her current clinical practice, she participates in a diagnostic evaluation team for young children with neurodevelopmental concerns and provides outpatient physical therapy for children. Dr. Dannemiller is an assistant professor in the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program, where her primary teaching responsibilities include the pediatric content in the neuromuscular and musculoskeletal tracks. She received a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia and a doctor of science degree in pediatric physical therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She is a pediatric certified specialist with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dr. Dannemiller has presented nationally on topics related to cerebral palsy, autism, and physical therapy education. She is also the Region II director of the Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Debbie Thorpe, PT, PhD, has been a pediatric physical therapist, academician, and researcher for more than 25 years. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of New England, a master’s degree in early childhood motor development and motor learning from West Virginia University, and a PhD in pediatric physical therapy from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University. She has been a pediatric certified specialist of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for more than 20 years. She is currently an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2013, Dr. Thorpe received the APTA Section on Pediatrics Anniversary Award for outstanding, visionary contributions in pediatric physical therapy – including practice, research, mentoring, and leadership. Dr. Thorpe’s research and publications focus on fitness, physical activity, and health promotion for persons with cerebral palsy (CP) across the life course. She has presented her research both nationally and internationally.

Kick It Up a Notch: Evidence-Based Physical Therapy for People With Multiple Sclerosis

Price: $39.95 
Item # Q3492  

Release Date: November 23, 2015

Expiration Date: November 23, 2018

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, inflammatory and neurodegenerative disease of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve mediated by the immune system. Because MS has no known cure and can start in young people, with symptoms appearing as early as childhood, the disabling effects of this disease may continue to limit function throughout peoples’ lives. Despite recent progress in rehabilitation approaches , patients with MS still have movement impairments including losses in strength, endurance, and sensation, which lead to restrictions in activities and participation. While a cure for this disease remains elusive, rehabilitation retains critical importance for optimizing quality of life in MS. 

Gaps in knowledge about managing any disease process can hinder rehabilitative care, but the complexities associated with MS exacerbate the problem. Without knowledge of the benefits and safety of more rigorous exercise in MS, therapists may prescribe exercise of inadequate intensity, and discharge patients too soon, with minimal instruction for activities to continue progression in movement abilities. If therapists know enough to “kick it up a notch,” the rehabilitative process could have significantly greater benefits for patients.

This intermediate-level course provides physical therapy practitioners with the background and evidence to increase effective management of movement disorders in people with MS. This up-to-date review will enable physical therapists to better target the specific needs of their patients. The evidence supporting assessment and intervention tools can help the therapist select assessments and interventions most likely to contribute to successful outcomes. The evidence also provides an indication of the likely benefit of a particular intervention when it is applied with the intensity, frequency, and timing reported in the literature. This course starts with a review of the incidence and prevalence, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and pharmacological management of this disease. The course then describes rehabilitative management, including assessment and intervention for people with MS. The intent is to encourage therapists to “kick it up a notch,” to apply sufficient intensity of appropriate evidence-based rehabilitation that challenges patients and improves their quality of life.

 

Texas PTs & PTAs - This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1911021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT & PTA license renewal in Texas.

California PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California through Net Education Design, Inc., an agency recognized by the board to approved courses that meet Physical Therapy Regulations 1399.96.

Ohio PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, Approval #17S5757

Oklahoma PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Physical Therapy, Approval #201710639

Florida PTs & PTAs – The Florida Board of Physical Therapy accepts this course based on its pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content
  • There are no prerequisites for this course
  • Susan E. Bennett has disclosed that she has a financial relationship with Acorda Therapeutics and Medtronics. Western Schools ensures that this content is free from bias and commercial influence.
Objectives

Course Objectives

 

  • Differentiate the incidence, prevalence, pathophysiology, and clinical presentation of multiple sclerosis from other common neurological disorders
  • Identify major components of the medical diagnosis and pharmacological management of multiple sclerosis
  • Utilize terms from the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) model to describe the impact and management of multiple sclerosis
  • Select observations and specific measures most appropriate for the examination of a particular individual with multiple sclerosis
  • Recommend a rehabilitation plan of care using evidence-based interventions to maximize patient/client function and quality of life

 

Author Bio(s)

Gail L. Widener, PhD, PT, is a professor at the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California. She completed her BSPT at Texas Women’s University and her PhD in physiology (emphasis in neurophysiology) at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Widener teaches physiology, neurophysiology, and the physical therapy management of persons with multiple sclerosis to entry-level physical therapy students and to physical therapy neurological residents. She wrote the chapter on multiple sclerosis in Umphred’s Neurological Rehabilitation, Sixth Edition, and has been a professional member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Northern California Chapter’s Clinical Advisory Committee for more than 15 years. Dr. Widener also teaches community courses for people with multiple sclerosis who have issues with balance and falling.

Diane D. Allen, PhD, PT, is a professor at the Graduate Program in Physical Therapy at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)/San Francisco State University. She completed her bachelor’s degree and certificate in physical therapy at UCSF, a master’s degree with a neuromuscular emphasis at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, a PhD in education (emphasis on quantitative measurement and evaluation) at the University of California, Berkeley, and a postdoctoral fellowship in rehabilitation measurement at Boston University. Dr. Allen specializes in tests and measures and neurorehabilitation, has coauthored a chapter on balance disorders and fall risk in Physical Rehabilitation Assessment and Intervention: An Evidence-Based Approach, and has published other studies related to outcome measures in neurological and outpatient populations. Dr. Allen received funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for her pilot study Mind the Gap – Targeting Differences in Patients’ Current and Preferred Abilities, in which she compared patient perceptions of their movement abilities with the clinicians’ emphases in therapy, noting that lack of agreement can lead to suboptimal outcomes.

Gail L. Widener and Diane D. Allen have been working with people with multiple sclerosis for more than 20 years and perform clinical research with this population. They have collaborated in writing a chapter on tone abnormalities in Physical Agents in Rehabilitation, now in its fourth edition. They have helped coauthor six peer-reviewed published articles, received grants from the California Physical Therapy Fund and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and have been co-principal investigators on a project funded by the National Institutes of Health studying the response of people with multiple sclerosis to balance-based torso-weighting.

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Susan E. Bennett, PT, DPT, EdD, NCS, MSCS, is a clinical professor in the departments of Rehabilitation Science, Neurology, and Communication Disorders at the University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York. Dr. Bennett has been a principal investigator or co-investigator in several key clinical trials, as well as an invited presenter or lecturer at numerous medical conferences, both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Bennett received her BS in physical therapy from Daemen College (Buffalo), followed by an MS in health science education and an EdD in health behavioral sciences, both from the State University of New York in Buffalo. She is a board-certified neurorehabilitation specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists and is certified as an MS Specialist by the Consortium of MS Centers (CMSC).
Dr. Bennett lectures and publishes in the areas of multiple sclerosis and physical rehabilitation, and is the 2010 recipient of the Labe C. Scheinberg Award, presented in recognition of outstanding work in neurorehabilitation in multiple sclerosis.
Dr. Bennett is past president of the CMSC and has served as treasurer and chair of the Rehabilitation Research Interest Group and project director of the International Organization of MS Rehabilitation Therapists.

Introduction to Wheelchair Seating and Positioning: Considerations in Occupational & Physical Therapy Practice

Price: $29.95 
Item # Q3499  

Expiration Date: February 3, 2019

This course provides the occupational and physical therapy practitioner with a broad overview of the assessment and provision of wheelchair seating. This course is written at a basic-to-intermediate level for the occupational or physical therapist that has little or no experience in this specialized practice area. Many people require the use of a wheelchair for dependent or independent mobility, and each wheelchair provides some form of seating. Wheelchair seating directly affects a client’s position which, in turn, affects function for all of that person’s daily tasks.  It is essential that occupational and physical therapists be able to competently participate as a member of the team in determining the optimal seating and wheeled mobility interventions for a particular client. Common diagnoses that a client using a wheelchair may have include cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and muscular dystrophies. 

This course systematically reviews wheelchair seating considerations, beginning with assessment. A key part of seating assessment is the mat examination, which helps determine where and at what angles a client needs postural support for optimal alignment, pressure distribution and relief to prevent the development of pressure ulcers. Body positioning is critical; the body should be positioned to support the task that needs to be accomplished. Clients often must find both a position of rest and a position suitable for functional or task performance within the same seating system. The course explores available seating system categories and materials and describes specific seating challenges, including their causes, goals, and suggested interventions.

 

Texas PTs & PTAs - This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1911021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT & PTA license renewal in Texas.

Pennsylvania PTs & PTAs – Course Approval #PTCE011760

California PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California through Net Education Design, Inc., an agency recognized by the board to approved courses that meet Physical Therapy Regulations 1399.96.

Ohio PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, Approval #17S5833

Florida PTs & PTAs – The Florida Board of Physical Therapy accepts this course based on its pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

New Jersey PTs & PTAs - Approval #1808-105 (2/1/18 - 1/31/20)

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  •  All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • Michelle Lange has disclosed that she makes presentations on behalf of manufacturers of seating and mobility equipment, including Stealth Products, and consults on the development of webinar and live educational content with several organizations, including NRRTS, RESNA, and Numotion. Western Schools ensures that this content is free from bias and commercial influence through its peer review process.
Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Describe the steps in a seating assessment
  • Identify types of seating systems
  • Describe the clinical considerations in selecting seating systems
  • List common positioning challenges and strategies for seated mobility
  • Describe specific applications for seated mobility
Author Bio(s)

Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS, is an occupational therapist with more than 25 years of experience in the area of assistive technology. She is the former clinical director of the assistive technology clinics of Children’s Hospital Colorado. Now in private practice, Ms. Lange evaluates and treats children and adults with a variety of diagnoses and provides consultation and education in the areas of wheelchair seating and mobility, accessibility, assistive technology access, mounting, interfacing, and electronic aids to daily living. She is a well-respected lecturer who presents live educational programs and webinars nationally and internationally, and has authored four book chapters and nearly 200 articles. Ms. Lange is the editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed., and clinical editor of Directions magazine, a publication of the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers (NRRTS). She is on the teaching faculty of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). A past member of both the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on the Wheeled Mobility Advisory Board and current member of the Clinician’s Task Force, Ms. Lange is a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), certified Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS) and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the American Board of Disability Analysts (ABDA).

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Barbara Crume, PT, ATP, works full time in the seating clinic at CarePartners Health Services in Asheville, NC. She has more than 32 years of experience providing wheelchair positioning services for clients of all ages and diagnoses. She is a guest lecturer for PT and PTA students from local universities and colleges, teaching an introductory seating and wheeled mobility course. This full-day course includes client evaluation with mat assessment, pressure mapping, and comparison of seating systems and mobility devices, as well as documentation and funding guidelines for complex rehabilitation technology. Ms. Crume presents courses at national and international conferences, as well as webinars on many topics related to seating and wheeled mobility. 

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