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Summer 2022

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PTA208 - Physical Therapy Interventions 4

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Explores principles of motor behavior in neurological rehabilitation, pediatrics and geriatrics. Emphasizes motor control, motor learning, and neurological therapeutic exercises. Addresses architectural barriers, training in daily living activities, orthotics and prosthetics. Integrates knowledge of clinically relevant pathological conditions into treatment of neurological patients with co-morbidities. Prerequisite: PTA203 and PTALB4 with a grade of "C" or better.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Move an individual physically through the developmental sequence using good handling skills, which must include body alignment, facilitation of weight shifting, adjustment of assistance and effective hand placement.
2. Apply motor learning training strategies to individuals who are in one of the various phases of learning a motor task.
3. Perform a progression (stability, controlled mobility, skill) of mat activities in a developmental position on an individual who has spinal cord injury.
4. Apply neurological therapeutic techniques in working towards a functional goal with an individual who had a stroke.
5. Teach activities of daily living (ADL) skills, such as functional training in transfers, locomotion and prosthetic/orthotic devices, to an individual with neurological dysfunction.
6. Identify synergistic movement patterns that are accompanied by changes in muscle tone, in an individual who has neurological dysfunction.
7. Identify changes in the state of arousal, mentation and cognition in a person with neurological dysfunction.
8. Sequence in proper order the neurodevelopmental milestones humans attain during development of motor skills.
9. List safety hazards that could occur in various settings, such as the home, community or work environments.
10. List architectural barriers that could occur in various settings, such as the home, community or work environments.
11. Collect data for discharge planning using a variety of environmental assessment forms.
12. Describe an individual's level of functioning using International Classification of Functioning (ICF) terminology.
13. Adjust the level of difficulty of the motor activities based on performance feedback from an individual who has neurological dysfunction.
14. Describe the physiological rationale for modification of treatment to produce optimal results with neurological patients who have comorbidities involving the metabolic, endocrine or gastrointestinal systems.

Effective Term: Fall 2019