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Neurorehabilitation for Stroke Self-Paced Clinical Course
New, convenient SPCC online exam available!
When you purchase this course, you can complete your exam online at AOTA LEARN. Access information is included with your order. Online exam benefits include: computer or mobile tablet; saving responses during exam; instant scoring; access to download/ print transcript and course certificate; 2 additional attempts to pass the exam. Choosing one option for exam grading is required, either online or mail. Paper (scranton) exams can be mailed to AOTA, but no later than June 30, 2014 (allow 6 weeks for grading and certificate). Please read updated online instructions when ordering the course or contact for additional information.

3-month payment option now available. Call 877-404-AOTA for details.

Margaret Newsham Beckley, PhD, OTR/L, BCN, BCG, Editor

Earn 1 AOTA CEU (12.5 NBCOT PDUs/10 contact hours)

Parallels the recovery process and the clinical settings within which stroke rehabilitation takes place. A case study follows a hypothetical client through the various stages of treatment.

  • Lesson 1: The Client in the Acute Care Environment
  • Lesson 2: The Client in Rehabilitation and Skilled-Care Environments
  • Lesson 3: The Client in the Community Environment

Learning Objectives
After reading this material and completing the examination, readers will be able to

  • Identify the causes of stroke;
  • Recognize the degree of impairment as it relates to intervention; and
  • Recognize the impact of the environment on treatment outcomes.

Each lesson has its own learning objectives as well.
Core SPCC is highly recommended as a prerequisite for all Diagnosis-Specific SPCCs.

Important Note: As of March 1, 2009, the registration process for the Colorado State University (CSU) Nondegree Graduate Credit will change. Click here for details.

Series Senior Editor Bio
Gordon Muir Giles, PhD, DipCOT, OTR/L, FAOTA, received a graduate diploma from St. Andrew's School of Occupational Therapy and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. He was senior occupational therapist at the first program in the world specializing in the treatment of people with behavior disorders and brain injury. He has opened and directed specialized acute medical hospitals, long-term care, behavioral management, and outpatient programs for people with neurobehavioral impairments. He was responsible for opening the first county-funded neurobehavioral program for people with acquired neurological impairments in the western United States in 1993.

Dr. Giles introduced the "neurofunctional approach" in 1993 and recently has been developing nonaversive approaches to rehabilitation of people with neurological impairments. He is an internationally known researcher and has authored numerous publications, including three books, on practical approaches to treating people with acquired neurological impairments. He currently is responsible for a 65-bed neurobehavioral program in Fremont, CA, and a 120-bed medical/psychiatry program in Sunnyvale, CA. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, he is associate professor at Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, CA.

Author Bios
Margaret Newsham Beckley, PhD, OTR/L, BCN, BCG, received a BHS in occupational therapy from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an MEd in adult and higher education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She completed an MHS in health care services and a PhD in social work, with a concentration in rehabilitation outcomes, from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Her clinical and research interests include neurorehabilitation outcomes and community participation following impairment or disability. She received board certification in neurorehabilitation occupational therapy (BCN) from the American Occupational Therapy Association in 1996 and board certification in geriatric occupational therapy (BCG) in 2001. At Ohio State University, she teaches courses in task analysis, neuroscience, and sensorimotor conditions in the occupational therapy division. She also is adjunct assistant professor in the College of Optometry.

Lorry Liotta-Kleinfield, EdD, OTR/L, BCP, received an associate's degree in occupational therapy from Palm Beach Junior College and a BS in occupational therapy from Florida International University. She completed an MS in neuroscience at Kent State University and an EdD in higher education administration, with a concentration in health care education, at Nova Southeastern University. Her clinical and research interests include use of neurophysiological treatment techniques to improve function and use of problem-based learning in occupational therapy education. She received board certification in pediatric occupational therapy (BCP) from the American Occupational Therapy Association in 1995. She currently teaches courses at Belmont University in neuroscience, instructional delivery, and assessment and treatment in pediatrics. She also is core faculty member on an interdisciplinary neuro-developmental training program at Vanderbilt University.

Sandra L. Rogers, PhD, OTR/L, a practicing occupational therapist since 1984, received a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and worked in pediatrics and neurorehabilitation before pursuing an MS in therapeutic science and a PhD in kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has 14 years of teaching experience; before joining the faculty at Pacific University in 2003, she taught at the Ohio State University, Columbus. She currently teaches in the MOT program in neurorehabilitation, neuroscience fundamentals, research, and pediatrics. Her supported research efforts have focused on people with neurological injuries such as stroke, cerebral palsy, and spinal cord injury. She most recently conducted a 3-year study on the neuroimmune and cognitive consequences of basal ganglia disorders in people with Huntington's and Parkinson's diseases.

Melinda Fritts Rybski, MS, OTR/L, received a BS in occupational therapy and an MS in allied medicine with a concentration in education and research from the Ohio State University (OSU). She is currently pursuing a PhD in quantitative research with an emphasis in evaluation and measurement in education at OSU. Her clinical and research interests are in neurological dysfunction, rehabilitation, adaptive technology, and adult learning in occupational therapy education. She has been an instructor at OSU for 17 years, teaching courses in assessment, kinesiology, physical dysfunction, and Level I fieldwork. She wrote Kinesiology for Occupational Therapists in 2004.

Susen V. G. Varghese, MSc, OTR/L, BCN, received a BS in occupational therapy from Seth G.S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital at the University of Bombay, India. There she also received an MS in occupational therapy with a concentration on neurological conditions and neurorehabilitation. She received board certification in neurorehabilitation occupational therapy (BCN) in 2000 from the American Occupational Therapy Association. For the past decade, she has worked at St. Mary's Rehab Care in Knoxville, Tennessee, in an acute inpatient rehabilitation unit, where most of her clients have neurological dysfunction. 

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Additional Details:

SKU: 3021
ISBN: 978-1-56900-226-1
Product Type: Set
Year Published: 2006

  • AOTA Continuing Education
  • Practitioner
  • Continuing Education
  • Brain & Cognition
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Neuro
  • Stroke
  • Environmental
  • Equipment
  • Positioning
  • Activity
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Clinical
  • Assessment
  • Evaluation
  • Outcomes
  • Driving and Community Mobility