Archive: PT 2012: NUSTEP, IIISTEP, and Beyond Programming

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    Thursday, June 7

    The Evolution of NUSTEP to III STEP and the Impact on Adults and Children with Neurological Impairments in Neuroscience

    Time: 8:00 am-11:00 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Regina Harbourne, PT, PhD, PCS; Anne Kloos, PT, DPT, NCS; Katherine Sullivan, PT, PhD, FAHA

    CEUs: 0.3 (3 contact hours/CCUs)

    The Northwestern University Special Therapeutic Exercise Project (NUSTEP) was the first "STEP" conference held in 1966 in Chicago, Illinois. The overarching purpose of the NUSTEP (1966), II STEP (1991), and III STEP (2005) conferences was to gather physical therapy educators, clinicians, and basic scientists to determine how the current science could be incorporated into curriculums to advance PT practice. In Part 1 of 6 courses, the presenters will introduce a biopsychosocial, or life course, approach to health and health status. Case studies will illustrate the role of the PT in life course management for a child or an adult with chronic disability.

    Advances in Neuroscience

    Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Diane Damiano, PT, PhD; Eileen Fowler, PT, PhD; Deborah Larsen, PT, PhD

    CEUs: 0.3 (3 contact hours/CCUs)

    Advances in neuroscience have strengthened the scientific foundation of neurorehabilitation. Nuclear medicine and neuroimaging are more commonly used to determine the etiology for developmental disorders, injury, or diseases that result in nervous system impairments. Greater understanding of the mechanisms that affect neural repair and rehabilitation has resulted in novel approaches to the assessment and treatment of abnormal movement (ie, NIH Task Force on Childhood Hypertonia). Clinical researchers will discuss more accurate descriptors of movement disorders in children, prognosis for recovery that is based on objective indicators of structural damage, and challenges in data collection and interpretation when imaging is used to for intervention effectiveness.

    Friday, June 8

    Applying Neuroscience Research to the Assessment Process

    Time: 8:00 am-11:00 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Diane Damiano, PT, PhD; Eileen Fowler, PT, PhD

    CEUs: 0.3 (3 contact hours/CCUs)

    Clinical assessment is crucial to accurately diagnose patients with neurological impairments. Analysis and categorization of movement dysfunction is an important component of the clinical decision-making process. In this session, the speakers will present clinical assessments of specific movement disorders. Through case examples, attendees will learn about the links between cognitive, behavioral, and contextual factors that contribute to movement problems and subsequently influence activity and participation.

    Applying Neuroscience Research to Clinical Interventions

    Time: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Regina Harbourne, PT, PhD, PCS; Anne Kloos, PT, DPT, NCS; Katherine Sullivan, PT, PhD, FAHA

    CEUs: 0.3 (3 contact hours/CCUs)

    The social determinants of health such as social and environmental facilitators or barriers may have more impact on health status then physical interventions. How can physical therapy interventions that are based on activity, development, and experience be incorporated into the lived experience of the person with a disability and the family that cares for them? How does the PT intervene to advance or protect the health of the person with developmental challenges or progressive degeneration due to the natural consequences of aging? This session will focus on the roles of the physical therapist in 1) developing capacity that leads to increased capability and functional independence and 2) the natural loss of capacity with age and the need to restrict mobility to protect the health of the older adult or the person aging with chronic disability.

    Saturday, June 9

    Applying Neuroscience Research Design and Implementation, Examination, Evaluation, Intervention, and Goal Setting: Case Studies

    Time: 8:00 am-11:00 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Regina Harbourne, PT, PhD, PCS; Anne Kloos, PT, DPT, NCS; Katherine Sullivan, PT, PhD, FAHA; Karen McCulloch, PT, PhD, NCS

    CEUs: 0.3 (3 contact hours/CCUs)

    This session will describe the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on health care and health services such as physical therapy. Although rehabilitation services are considered one of the essential services in the ACA, our profession does not have a cohesive message of the value of physical therapy to the health and wellness of society. Come and join the discussion to advocate for physical therapy as a solution for affordable, accessible care for the children and adults with episodic or chronic movement problems that restrict their ability to live productive lives and participate in society.

    Neuroscience in Neurorehabilitation: Exciting Concepts for the Future and Perhaps IV STEP

    Time: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Colleen Coulter, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS; Diane Damiano, PT, PhD; Eileen Fowler, PT, PhD; Regina Harbourne, PT, PhD, PCS; Anne Kloos, PT, DPT, NCS; Karen McCulloch, PT, PhD, NCS; Katherine Sullivan, PT, PhD, FAHA; Sheree York, PT, DPT, PCS

    CEUs: 0.3 (3 contact hours/CCUs)

    Through case presentations of children and adults with neurological impairments, the speakers will synthesize information on patient examination, evaluation, intervention, and treatment outcomes. The case study structure will be based on the ICF model with respect to the patient's past, present, and future functions. The influence of the biological, social, and psychological environments on the patient's life course will be presented to provide the framework for clinical decision making, interventions, and discussion.

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