This course offers informed, evidence-based, and effective treatment strategies to improve visual skills, balance and sensory integration for optimal return to daily tasks post-concussion.
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In this course, updates from the 6th International Conference on Concussion in Sport will be discussed including Recommendations for Return to Learn and Return to Play. The webinar will include information on how these guidelines can be interpreted for best clinical practice related to rehabilitation assessment and treatment for individuals who have sustained concussions.
This course will provide updates on the latest research related to the diagnosis and management of concussion and persistent post-concussive symptoms. This course will focus on the latest relevant and evidence-based assessment and treatment strategies for adults and children with prolonged visual, vestibular and sensory complaints as a result of concussion. Effective treatment strategies to improve visual skills, balance and sensory integration for optimal return to all daily tasks will be highlighted. Best practice guidelines for return to learn, return to play, and return to work will be highlighted. Participants will engage in clinical problem solving via group case analysis and discussion.
- Apply current research to diagnosis and treatment of concussion and post-concussion syndrome
- Determine when referral is indicated to address co-morbidities
- Assess visual function, balance, and ability to participate in daily tasks (including cognitive)
- Implement treatments to remediate oculomotor dysfunction, sensory integrative dysfunction, and visual-motor skills impairment
- Implement training techniques and compensatory strategies including cognitive strategies to help the patient transition back to work, school and daily tasks
This course is relevant for therapists working with individuals of all ages including school-aged children, young adults, and older adults who may have sustained a concussion as a result of fall, MVA, sports injury, or other accident.
Please plan to bring to the course: a straw, a golf tee or toothpick, post it notes, and a flashlight or laser light.
PART 1 OUTLINE
1hr 30 minutes:
• The Concussion Crisis
o Population: athletes, students, wounded warriors, accident victims.
o Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: What are the implications for repetitive head injury? An
update on the latest evidence.
• Policy Updates and Changes as a Result of Concussion Awareness
• Diagnosis of Concussion: Understanding Multimodal Assessment and Best Practice
o Current diagnostic tools: imaging, lab profile, clinical presentation, implications for therapy
• Concussion with Persistent Symptoms: Understanding Persistent Post Concussive Symptoms
1 hour 40 minutes:
• Management of Persistent Post Concussive Symptoms: What are the current recommendations? An examination of the literature related to medication, rest and rehabilitation
• Specialized Equipment: Does it prevent concussion? Implications for Education and Injury Prevention
• Visual, Vestibular and Sensory Changes following concussion
1 hour 10 minutes:
• Impact of Concussion on Cognition: Updates on the Latest Evidence
• The Role of Neuropsychology and Cognitive Testing
• The Role of Rehabilitation:
o What happens when symptoms do not resolve with rest alone?
o Services that can help manage post concussive symptoms: Occupational Therapy, Neuropsychology, Vocational Rehabilitation.
o Working with an interdisciplinary team to decrease symptoms and optimize return to function.
PART TWO OUTLINE
1 hour 10 minutes:
• Case Analysis and Chart Review (Breakout Rooms)
• Co-morbidities and the Interdisciplinary Team
1 hour 20 minutes:
• Return to Learn and Classroom Modifications: Best Practice Guidelines (CDC and International Consensus Statement)
• Return to Play: Best Practice Guidelines
• Facilitating Return to Work
• Concussion Education and Knowledge Transfer: Implications for Patient and Family Education
1 hour 30 minutes:
• Visual and Vestibular Assessments and Screening
• Visual Issues Vision Screening: DEM, King Devick, NPOC, Oculomotor Screening
• Specific Vestibular and Balance and Assessments: DVA, BESS, TUG, ABC
• Vision Interventions to Improve Functional Interventions
• Interventions to Improve Visual Skills for Optimal Functional Performance
• Treatment to Remediate Oculomotor Dysfunction
o Convergence and bilateral activities
o Oculomotor and reading
o Oculomotor smooth pursuits and balance
• LAB: Oculomotor and Sensory Integration Interventions (Breakout Rooms)
Christina Finn Ed.D, OTR/L graduated from the University of Scranton in 2004 with a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and is currently an associate professor of occupational therapy at the New York Institute of Technology in Westbury, NY where she teaches classes in physical rehabilitation and motor learning. Prior to attaining a full-time faculty position, Christina worked at NYU Rusk for 10 years. During her time, she worked extensively with individuals with visual difficulties as a result of brain injury, concussion, and other neurological conditions. She has experience in all areas of rehabilitation across the spectrum of care, including acute care, inpatient, and outpatient rehabilitation. She has attended several vision therapy training courses and holds a certification in adult vestibular rehabilitation. Christina has presented to health care professionals on the topic of vision rehabilitation and has presented nationally on the topic of post-concussion syndrome. Disclosure: Financial: Christina receives a speaking fee from Education Resources. Non-Financial: She has no non-financial relationships to disclose
Christina Finn receives an honorarium from Education Resources, Inc.
She has no non-financial relationships to disclose.
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Continuing Education Hours for disciplines not listed below: 9 contact hours (0.9 CEUs). Intermediate level. License #______________.
Education Resources Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. This Distance Learning-Independent course is pending AOTA approval for 10 contact hours 1.0 CEUs ( Intermediate, OT service delivery, Foundational Knowledge). AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products or clinical procedures. This course can be used toward your NBCOT renewal requirements for 9 units. Provider for the FL Occupational Therapy Association CE Broker for 10.5 CE Hours - approval #20-840954. ASHA CEUs are awarded by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the CEU Participant Form from the ASHA. Approved CE Provider for up to 0.9 CEU’s. Course meets the basic criteria of the MD Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.9 CEU's, 9 contact hours. Approval #____ by the NJ State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 9 CEC's. Approved sponsor by the State of IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for Physical Therapy for 10.5 contact hours. Approved provider by the NY State Board of Physical Therapy for 10.5 contact hours (1.05 CEUs). Education Resources is an approved agency by the PT Board of CA for 9 contact hours. Approved by the APTA Kentucky, A Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, for 9 Category 1 contact hour(s). Expiration Date: 3/6/25, approval #CS61-2023-APTAKY. This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners accredited provider #2210017TX for 9 CCUs and meets continuing competence requirements for PTs and PTAs licensure renewal in TX. 9 hours of this course qualify towards the discipline-specific hours for the 20-hour requirement for NDTA re-certification. They do NOT qualify towards the 8-hour NDTA Instructor requirement for re-certification.
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