This course will provide a brief focused review of neuroplasticity and recovery, as well as an overview of literature related to intensity of practice and other factors that optimize motor and functional recovery. This course will provide practical examples of creating task specific exercises and therapeutic activities, and integrate these into a plan of care that is evidence based to maximize recovery.

Level of Instruction:  Introduction

Course Objectives

  • Review of the concepts of neuroplasticity, recovery versus compensation, and motor learning/motor control as it relates to Neurorehabilitation
  • Appraise the evidence related to intensity of practice and the components necessary to maximize motor and functional recovery
  • Contrast what is current standard of care with the literature, and offer some practical examples of manipulating/driving intensity of practice to improve outcomes
  • Apply the concepts of task specificity and intensity of practice to exercise prescription for persons with neurological dysfunction.
  • Demonstrate therapeutic exercises/activities that address common impairments and functional limitations in persons with neurological dysfunction

Course Agenda

  • Review of neuroplasticity and motor recovery
  • Literature outlining optimal interventions
  • Task specific therapeutic exercises and therapeutic activities and application to common impairments and functional limitations
  • Q&A


  • Dr. Jill Seale, PT, PhD, NCS

Dr. Jill Seale has been a licensed physical therapist for 18 years. She is an APTA Neurologic Certified Specialist and has practiced almost exclusively in the field of Brain Injury and Stroke rehabilitation. She is an assistant professor in the UTMB Department of Physical Therapy, and received her PhD from Texas Woman’s University.  She has a variety of teaching experiences in physical therapy academia as well as in the health care community at large. She serves as core faculty in the TIRR Memorial Hermann Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency in collaboration with Texas Woman’s University and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She has taught many continuing education courses for rehabilitation professionals in the areas of neurological pathology, rehabilitation, and research, and is currently involved in clinical research in stroke rehabilitation, orthotic management, and gait analysis/rehabilitation.


Contact Hours: 1.5

Price: $49


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