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Pre-Conference Course: New Directions and Considerations in Neurorehabilitation
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Pre-Conference Course: New Directions and Considerations in Neurorehabilitation

When: Friday, September 21, 2018
8:00 AM - 5:30 pm
Where: Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great American Parkway
Santa Clara, CA  95054
United States
Presenter: Laurie King, PT, PhD
Contact: Rita Pierson
916-929-2782 ext 105

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Course Description

This course is designed to incorporate evidence based practice and utilization of new directions and concepts into the physical therapy management of people with neurological disorders.  


Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate primary sources of evidence on functional outcomes for assessment.
  • Understand new direction in balance assessment of people with neurologic disorders.
  • Describe the emerging role of technology in neurorehabilitation.
  • Understand the interaction of cognition as it relates to mobility and discuss how this interaction may impact physical therapy care.


Laurie King, PT, PhD is currently an Assistant Professor in the Neurology Department at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, as well as an Associate Scientist at the Portland Veteran's Affairs Medical Center. The ultimate objective of her research is the clinical implementation of useful emerging practices and technology for improving assessment and rehabilitation in neurologically impaired people. She has spent the past 10 years characterizing and developing rehabilitation practices for balance disorders in patients with neurologic deficits such as Parkinson's disease and traumatic brain injury using sensitive measures such as force plates, kinematic gait and balance analysis, and inertial sensors. In addition to her past and current research training, Dr. King has an extensive clinical background in treating neurologic disorders in physical therapy. She is fully integrated into the concussion research team at OHSU and has given several national and international lectures on this topic. She is dedicated to expanding the successful application of sensitive balance and gait testing across populations to improve quality of life and determine better metrics for return to play or return to duty.She is also dedicated to the translation of scientific findings to both the community and to clinicians who treat neurologically impaired patients and has made many presentations and taught courses to both patient groups and health care providers who treat mobility deficits.


Course Schedule

7:30 - 8:00 am               Registration

8:00 - 8:15 am               Introductions and overview of course
8:15 - 10:00 am             Evidence based practice and meta-analysis/systematic reviews
10:00 - 11:30 am           Systems Approach to Balance Evaluation (include practice session)
11:30 am - 12:30 pm     Lunch
12:30 - 1:00 pm             Properties of BEST and Mini-BESTest
1:00 - 2:30 pm               Parkinson disease deficits in balance
2:30 - 3:45 pm               Cognitive contributions to balance
3:45 - 4:30 pm               Case Studies
4:30 - 5:00 pm               Discussion/ adjourn



Approved for 8 contact hours or 0.8 CEUs


Target Audience

PTs, PTAs, and PT/PTA Students. Instructional Level is Intermediate.


Registration Fees

Registration received by September 4, 2018
$360 APTA PT and PTA members
$580 Non-members

Add $100 for late registration.



All cancellation requests must be received in writing – no exceptions. A full refund, less 20% service fee, if cancellation is received on or before September 4, 2018. No refunds after September 4, 2018.



Complimentary self parking
$20 per car for valet parking



Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
5101 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 200-1234

(888) 421-1442


Group Code: CA Physical Therapy Assn.
Rate: $185 Single/Double 
Reservation Deadline: August 30, 2018

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