Stroke Rehabilitation: Introduction, Evaluation, Treatment and Research - N49233

About the Course:
Stroke is one of the most commonly seen diagnoses in hospitals, subacute, acute, outpatient centers, and home health. This course presents background information, causes, effects of stroke based on location of occlusion, risk factors, medical management following a stroke, procedures for evaluation and treatment, and research. The majority of the course covers functional limitations observed after a stroke and discusses how to increase function for the patient, in addition to how to educate caregivers for optimal carry over care. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:
  • Identify the definition and causes of a cerebral vascular accident (CVA).
  • List the effects of CVA based on location of occlusion.
  • Identify medical management following CVA.
  • Recognize the evaluation and intervention procedures for clients who sustained a stroke.
  • Identify functional limitations commonly observed after stroke including mobility, communication, cognitive-behavioral impairments, upper extremity dysfunction, and visual impairment.
  • Recognize various research studies to increase knowledge of CVA rehabilitation.
About the Author: 
Cynthia Diaz, OT, is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist with a passion for pediatric and orthopedic care. Currently, she works as a school-based OT and enjoys furthering her education and knowledge through study and implementing new interventions with students to help increase academic performance through enhancing visual perceptual skills, graphic communication, sensory integration techniques, and more. Prior to school based intervention, Ms. Diaz worked for seven years as a Orthopedic Occupational Therapist. She is still extremely passionate about this area of care and looks forward to one day becoming a Certified Hand Therapist.