This course will provide a brief focused review of the most common neurodegenerative diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimers’s, Friedreich’s ataxia, Lewy Body Disease, and Spinal Muscle Atrophy. The participant will be provided with concise overviews of each disease/disorder, and a strategy for differential diagnosis of these disorders. An evidence based review of current rehabilitation strategies for each disease/disorder will be provided.

Level of Instruction:  Intermediate


Course Objectives

  • Identify the pathophysiology of the most common neurogenerative disorders
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of the most common neuodegenerative disorders
  • Differentiate between various neurodenerative disorders via organized differential diagnosis
  • Develop rehabilitation strategies for each disorder based on current evidence.

Course Agenda

  • Review of pathophysiology of each disorder
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Differential diagnosis in common neurodenerative disorders
  • Rehabilitation strategies
  • Q/A Session


  • 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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