Neurorehabilitation: Optimizing Outcomes to Reclaim Function

Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 7:30a.m. - 4:00p.m.

Lifespan Rehabilitation Services Conference Overview

This course will provide therapists with current, evidence-based strategies for assessment and intervention to promote optimal recovery and outcomes for stroke patients and other neurological disorders. An interprofessional panel of speakers will present. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for six contact hours. This course has been approved by the Rhode Island American Physical Therapy Association (RI APTA) for continuing education units (CEUs).

Conference Objectives

By the conclusion of this conference, attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe current trends and best practices to maximize function for stroke patients and for other neurological disorders.
  2. Describe evidence to support use of rehabilitation technology to support stroke patients and other neurological disorders.
  3. Choose treatment strategies to simultaneously address physical and cognitive goals.
  4. Describe use of contextualized therapy to support communication for post-brain injury and stroke.
  5. Integrate strategies for promoting continence for stroke patients and other neurological disorders.
  6. List community resources available in region to support patients and families.

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Conference Schedule

All Attendees

Time Session
7:30 to 8 a.m. Registration
8 to 8:15 a.m. Welcome
8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Current Trends in Neurorehabilitation: Physiatry Considerations (Stephan Pirnie, MD)
9:15 to 10 a.m. Maximizing Mobility and Participation: Clinical Application of Interventions and Behavior Change Techniques for Individuals with Neurologic Conditions (Kenneth Vinacco, PT, DPT)
10 to 10:30 a.m. Functional Cognition: Assessment and Treatment in the Neuro Population (Jean A. Fraize, MS, OTR/L, CBIS)
10:30 to 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 to 11:15 a.m. Optimizing Rehab Outcomes through the Use of Dual-Task Training and Contextualized Treatment (Christine Kearns, MS, CCC-SLP)
11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. Innovative Technology in Rehabilitation (Kate Boi, MS, CCC-SLP, Cara Genest, PT, DPT, and Abbey Littman, OTR/L)
12 to 1 p.m. Lunch (provided)

Session 1

1 to 1:45 p.m. Pelvic Rehabilitation Considerations across the Spectrum for Those with Neurological Diagnoses
(Olivia Faria, PT, DPT)

Session 2

1 to 1:45 p.m. Modified Barium Swallow Studies: A Review of Complex Cases (Jennifer Lobley, MA, CCC-SLP)

All Attendees

1:45 to 2:30 p.m. Continuum of Care and Community Connections for the Neurological Population (Brittany Bixenman, OTR/L)
2:30 to 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 to 3:45 p.m. Putting the Pieces Together: Case Study (Kate Boi, MS, CCC-SLP, Kristin Matteson MS, OT, CHT, and Angela Pucino, OTR/L, CBIS)
3:45 to 4 p.m. Wrap Up

Registration Information


Attendees: $150

Students: $75

There is a discount for Lifespan employees. Please use your coupon code at checkout.

The cost of registration will increase for all participants by $25 on March 1st, 2024.

Cancellations and Refunds

In case of cancellation, an email notification will be required to process your refund. A cancellation fee of $40 will be deducted from your refund. No refunds will be issued after March 1, 2024. For questions about registration or cancellation, please email Liz Clegg at [email protected].

Questions and Dietary Requests

If you have questions and/or special dietary requests, please contact Liz Clegg at [email protected].

Location Information

Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy Street
George Auditorium
Providence, RI 02903