Upper Limb Retraining (F2F) – Edinburgh, Scotland

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PresentersAnnie McCluskey, occupational therapist & Karl Schurr, physiotherapist, The StrokeEd Collaboration, Australia

Dates and time: Thu 2nd – Sat 4th Aug 2024, 8.00am -5.00pm

Venue: Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland

Registration fee: to be advised. (NB Event will only be open to NHS Lothian employees)

Website informationhttps://strokeed.com/about-work…

Learning objectives: By the end of the 3 days, participants will be able to:

1. Name the essential components of normal reach and manipulation

2. Recognise common compensations when observing stroke survivors attempting to grasp objects, and explain how to minimise compensatory strategies

3. Name and discuss factors thought to contribute to the development of muscle overactivity, spasticity and stiffness, and intervention strategies to help minimise these secondary problems

4. Explain the relationship and differences between overactivity, spasticity, muscle length changes and stiffness, missing essential components and compensations

5. Plan and conduct an assessment and training session with a stroke survivor using motor learning principles and task-specific practice

6. Discuss factors which affect motor learning, and can be modified to enhance learning and increase client practice

7. Use an electrical stimulation machine to stimulate upper limb muscles.

8. Discuss current evidence for constraint-induced movement therapy, mental practice, mirror box therapy and electrical stimulation for improving upper limb motor recovery

Pre-requisites: None. Suitable for students and recent graduates through to experienced clinicians.

Number of registrants: Limited to 24 therapists because there are clinical sessions involving 8 stroke survivors and small groups of 3 therapists. The workshop presenters assist teams of therapists to assess and establish a training program for the 8 stroke survivors.

Pre-reading & homework: will be available from the StrokeEd website. Therapists are asked to start preparing 4-6 weeks before the event. Allow several hours for the homework. Pre-reading includes a book chapter and some analysis tasks. .

Workshop manual including PowerPoint slides and worksheets will be provided in both electronic and hard (printed) copy.

Contact person for enquirie: Dr Charlie Chung  (charlie.chung2@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk)

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