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Neurorehabilitation for Traumatic Brain Injury 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.

Kathleen Golisz, MA, OTR, BCN, Editor

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

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

  • Lesson 1: Neurorehabilitation of the Client With Traumatic Brain Injury: Overview
  • Lesson 2: The Client in Coma
  • Lesson 3: The Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Phase of Recovery
  • Lesson 4: Community Participation

Core SPCC is highly recommended as a prerequisite for all Diagnosis-Specific SPCCs.

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

  • Identify the risk factors for traumatic brain injury (TBI);
  • Identify prevention strategies to decrease the incidence of TBI;
  • Differentiate among the types of TBI;
  • Recognize the clinical significance of underlying brain pathology caused by TBI; and
  • Identify appropriate methods for measuring recovery from a TBI.

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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
Kathleen M. Golisz, MA, OTR, BCN, is associate professor in the Graduate Program in Occupational Therapy at Mercy College, Dobbs Derry, New York. She has more than 20 years of experience working as an occupational therapist with clients with neurological disabilities. Before joining the faculty at Mercy College, she was assistant director and clinical specialist in neurology in the Occupational Therapy Department at Helen Hayes Hospital. She has presented papers and workshops nationally and internationally at professional meetings on topics related to neurorehabilitation as well as driver rehabilitation. Golisz co-authored a chapter on evaluation of cognition and perception in the 9th and 10th editions of Willard & Spackman's Occupational Therapy. She is board certified in neurorehabilitation from the American Occupational Therapy Association and active in various community and professional associations, often in leadership roles.

Leslie Kane, MA, OTR/L, is manager of occupational therapy at the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Previously, she worked for more than 13 years in the Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Center, as clinical advisor and then therapy manager of the Inpatient Brain Injury Program. She also is an instructor in clinical occupational therapy in Columbia University's Programs in Occupational Therapy. Kane has more than 20 years of experience in neurorehabilitation and has published and lectured on traumatic brain injury and stroke rehabilitation. In addition, she has earned an MA in motor learning from Teachers College/Columbia University.

Robin McNeny, OTR, is manager of Virginia Commonweath University's (VCU's) In-patient Occupational Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation staff of the Medical Center. She has been with the VCU Health System for more than 28 years and founded the inpatient Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program. She was active for many years as presenter and member of the Planning Committee of the annual interdisciplinary conference on brain injury rehabilitation. McNeny has published and presented on topics related to brain injury rehabilitation, serving on the editorial boards of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation and NeuroRehabilitation and as manuscript reviewer for the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is on the clinical faculty of VCU's Occupational Therapy Program and is adjunct faculty member in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Shawn C. Phipps, MS, OTR/L, is an occupational therapy supervisor at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, California. His clinical expertise as an occupational therapist is in the rehabilitation of clients with traumatic brain injury throughout the continuum of care. Phipps also is an occupational therapy clinical instructor and lecturer at California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson. He serves on the board of directors for the Occupational Therapy Association of California and has met the advanced practice requirements in the State of California in the areas of hand therapy; use of physical agent modalities; and swallowing assessment, evaluation, and intervention.

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Additional Details:

SKU: 3020
ISBN: 978-1-56900-225-4
Product Type: Set
Year Published: 2006

  • AOTA Continuing Education
  • Practitioner
  • Continuing Education
  • Brain & Cognition
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Clinical
  • Injuries
  • Cognition
  • Psychosocial
  • Performance
  • Evaluation
  • Assessment
  • Task Analysis