Locomotor Training Principles and Practice, An Activity-Based Therapy Course

Date: 2/23/2012 - 2/26/2012
Time: 7:30 AM Speaker(s): Susan Harkema PhD, Andrea Behrman PhD PT, Elizabeth Ardolino PhD PT
Co-Sponsor: Ohio State University Medical Center

For More Information

Event Contact(s):
Ann Krull
Rehab Continuing Education Coordinator
Phone: 502-582-7673

Program Overview:

Locomotor training, an activity-based therapy, provides task-specific practice of standing and walking by optimizing the sensory cues to generate improved motor activity for mobility, standing, and walking after neurologic injury.  Locomotor retraining is provided on a treadmill using partial body weight support and manual facilitation.  Improved neuromuscular capacity is then transferred to overground skills that are integrated into the home and community.

Participants will learn the scientific basis, hands-on skills, clinical decision-making, and administrative and management strategies for providing locomotor training in a three and one-half day intense course.

CEU's will be awarded to physical therapists through the University of Florida.  Please bring your license number and state in which it is issued.  You will need to sign in and out everyday while you are here.

Course Schedule:
Day 1
Registration: 7:30 - 8:00 AM
Course Program: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
All participants will attend lectures that will focus on developing an understanding of the basic science and guiding principles of activity-based therapy, with an emphasis on locomotor training.  All participants will be introduced to the skills and clinical-decision-making required to deliver locomotor training.  Considerations for implementing activity-based therapy into rehabilitation programs will be discussed.

Days 2 - 4:
Course Program Day 2: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Program Day 3: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Course Program Day 4: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clinical team members will participate in intensive skill development of locomotor training techniques.  This includes patient evaluation and progression using a body weight support treadmill system, locomotor training, overground assessment and progression, and community ambulation and activity training. 

Course Objectives:
This intensive three and one-half day course combines didactic teaching and practical skills development with hands on treatment of individuals with spinal cord injury.  At the completion of this course, participants will:
1) Demonstrate a working knowledge of the basic science related to activity-based therapy.
2) Demonstrate a working knowledge of the guiding principles of activity-based therapy, with an emphasis on locomotor training on the treadmill, over ground, and in the community.
3) Identify and incorporate the principles of locomotor training during patient evaluation and progression.
4) Demonstrate knowledge of trainer positions and the roles of each trainer during the locomotor training.
5) Demonstrate introductory level hands on skills as a trainer of locomotor training (in preparation for continued practice and skill development upon return to own clinical site).
6) Describe the resources necessary to establish an effective and efficient activity-based therapy program, with an emphasis on locomotor training.
7) Discuss how to effectively integrate locomotor training into an existing comprehensive therapy program.

Target Audience:
Program directors, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, and rehab technicians. 

Instructors: Senior Course Instructor will be one of the following individuals:
Susan Harkema, PhD, Director NeuroRecovery Network; Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Louisville, Rehabilitation Research Director Frazier Rehabilitation Institute, Louisville, Kentucky.  Dr. Harkema developed the Locomotor Training Program based on knowledge gained from her research and collaborations during the past 16 years.

Andrea Behrman, PhD, PT, Co-Director NeuroRecovery Network; Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Florida.  Dr. Behrman, a physical therapist, has specialized in adult neuro-rehabilitation.

Elizabeth Ardolino, PhD, PT, Co-Director NeuroRecovery Network; Physical Therapist, Riverkids Home Health, Austin, Texas. Dr. Ardolino specializes in utilizing activity-based therapy in the adult and pediatric neuro-populations and was formerly the clinical supervisor of the NRN locomotor training clinic at Magee Rehabilitation. 

Registration Fees:
Day 1 only: $125.00 per person
Day 1-4: $1,045.00 per person
Team of 3-5: $3,135.00 includes 3 books

Cancellation of registration within 2 weeks of the start of the course will result in forfeit of registration fee.  All other cancellations will be assessed 25% of registration fee.


Frazier Rehab Institute

220 Abraham Flexner Way
Louisville, KY 40202
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Event Pricing

Individual $1,045.00
Team of 3 $3,135.00
Team of 4 $3,135.00
Team of 5 $3,135.00
Day 1 Only $125.00
Extra Copy of Book $50.00
Kessler $500.00



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