Pre-requisite: AHA Inc. Level 1 and Level II. Please send copy of certificate with registration — This course is a two-day course timeline is 8:30 to 4:30 each day.
With extensive use of patient videos, group discussion and problem solving, course participants will explore the theoretical and scientific rational and benefits for using hippotherapy as part of a comprehensive plan of care. Exploring the combination with other treatment strategies for specific neurological impairments such as: spasticity, impaired motor control and sensory deficits.
In addition, participants will discuss ways to incorporate principles of neuroplasticity and motor learning and research into their treatment.
Topics to be covered:
- Review of major relevant areas of Central Nervous System
- Common impairments related to motor behavior
- Theoretical and scientific rationale for treatment of a patient with a neurological diagnosis
- Related systems – treating the whole patient
- Therapist treatment approaches – combining clinic and hippotherapy
- Applying principles of motor learning and neuroplasticity in hippotherapy
- Applying research and theory
- Patient problem solving using videos of a patient with a neurological diagnosis
Learning Objective: Occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology professionals will explore the theoretical and scientific rational and benefits for including hippotherapy, skilled equine movement, as a treatment tool/strategy in a comprehensive plan of care in treating specific neurological impairments such as: spasticity, impaired motor control and sensory deficits.
- Therapists will be able to identify and recite the theoretical and scientific rationale for treatment of neurological patients in a speech/language therapy treatment.
- Therapists will be able to compare and identify the major central nervous System (CNS) primary motor system and the associated impairments to all the related systems in the human body for speech/language therapy treatment.
- Therapists will be able to sort the treatment strategies implemented in a speech/language therapy treatment to construct a plan of care for a patient with a neurological CNS diagnosis and identify the relationship between the impairment and participation restriction.
- Therapists will demonstrate application of the theoretical foundations and perspectives and research of the CNS and upper motor neuron (UMN) diagnoses addressed in speech/language therapy clinical treatment using video case studies.
- Therapists will demonstrate knowledge of the central nervous system- cerebral cortex, basal ganglia and cerebellum – upper motor neuron impairments management and skilled interventions, tools and strategies including hippotherapy in a patient’s speech/language therapy plan of care using video case studies.
- Therapists will successfully analyze client videos and identify 5 clinical speech/language therapy treatment approaches and models which address the musculoskeletal, limbic, visual and respiratory systems in patients with a UMN diagnosis as part of the POC.
- Therapists will demonstrate their understanding of how balance and postural control treatment strategies, when applying the principles of motor learning and neuroplasticity, can be integrated with other standard speech/language therapy strategies in a patient’s plan of care through analysis and discussion of video case studies.
- Therapist will identify the components of the basal ganglia and cerebellum and relate them to functional skills addressed in speech/language therapy.
- Therapists will identify how dysfunction in the basal ganglia and cerebellum can be addressed in clinical problem solving and speech/language therapy treatment using motor learning principles and promoting neuroplasticity through paper patients and video case studies.
- Learners will be able to list 3 examples of how the therapist using skilled equine movement incorporates the AHA Best Practice Guidelines into the practice of occupational therapy.
Recorded attendance and completion of the course evaluation form is required prior to receipt of the course certificate of completion.
Faculty Who teach this course are:
- Lori Garone, MS, PT, HPCS email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bonnie Cunningham, PT, HPCS email: email@example.com
- Ruth Dismuke-Blakely, MS, CCC-SLP, HPCS email: firstname.lastname@example.org