This course will give physiotherapists the background knowledge and systematic methods needed to effectively analyse, assess and train the severely affected upper limb in people with stroke. The programme spans both theoretical and practical issues, starting with up to date research findings about CNS control of reach to grasp and progressing through to practical guides for analysis and training. The programme includes task specific training for severe stroke, managing secondary changes, reviewing the role of brain regions relating to the upper limb and relating this to training, formal assessment measures of the upper limb, as well as practical sessions with patients.
Presenter: Professor Paulette Van Vliet PhD , MSc, B App Sc.
Paulette van Vliet is a Professor and ARC Future Fellow at the University of Newcastle. She has worked as a physiotherapist in neurological rehabilitation in Australia, and completed her MSc in 1990 (Loughborough University) and her PhD in 1998 (University of Nottingham). Her research interests are recovery of upper limb motor control after stroke, evaluation and development of physiotherapy intervention for stroke patients, and motor skill acquisition following stroke. Her current research focuses on the temporal coordination of reach-to-grasp in patients with stroke and the effects of different types of feedback on motor learning after stroke.