Course Date & Time
TDB (April 17th date is being rescheduled)
9:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Gail Widener, PT, PhD
Mallory Chick, PT, DPT
Sophia Han, PT, DPT
Eyad Kawwa, PT, DPT
Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program
After completing this course, participants should be able to:
- Compare and contrast the principles of neural plasticity that govern recovery of function following brain damage due to degenerative disease.
- Describe principles of exercise for people with degenerative disease.
- Describe special considerations for each population discussed: ALS, MSA, and FA.
- Describe the precautions for each of the populations listed above associated with increased activity/exercise and physical therapy intervention.
- Describe the evidence supporting physical therapy/rehabilitative intervention in treating persons with these disorders.
- Apply the principles of exercise to the recovery of function in patients with the degenerative neurologic conditions listed above to create therapeutic interventions.
- Apply the principles of neural plasticity that could contribute to improved function in people with neurodegenerative disorders.
Kleim, JA, Jones TA. Principles of experience – dependent neural plasticity: Implications for rehabilitation after brain damage. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2008;51(1): S225 – 39.
Khan F, Amatya B, Galea G, Gonzenbach R, Kesselring J. Neurorehabilitation: applied neuroplasticity. J Neurol. 2016: doi10.1007/s00415-016-8307-9.