A Call to Arms

A Call to Arms. Considerations for Upper Limb Recovery: Dexterity, Postural Control and Gait. The Bobath concept. An Advanced Bobath course (IBITA certified)

This is an advanced level course providing an opportunity to explore the multiple roles of the upper limb with respect to recovery following an UMN lesion, and to

facilitate individual development of ones clinical reasoning process with respect to the Bobath concept.  The course will provide an opportunity to explore the link between theoretical and practical knowledge, facilitating clinical reasoning skills with respect to the role of the arm in posture and balance, as well as dexterous control.

This is an evidence-informed clinical course in which the applied neurophysiology will be discussed, as well as the current evidence base from both theoretical and clinical studies.  The course participant will have ample opportunity to explore, and develop, their theoretical knowledge base and clinical skills through the utilization of daily patient treatment sessions, patient demonstrations, lectures, guided discussion and practical sessions.

A pre-reading list will be provided.

Course Objectives:

  • To gain an increased understanding of the multiple roles of the upper limb beyond dexterous control; the contribution of upper limb control to posture and gait.
  • To present a model for interventions that improve functional performance of the upper limb: from facilitated movement to independent functional practice.
  • To develop one’s clinical skill in the critical assessment of the neurologically impaired individual, with respect to upper limb recovery.
  • To develop a structured process to enable the clinician to make their reasoning process more explicit to facilitate one’s own learning, and their ability to teach this process to students.

Course Length: 5-days, 35 contact hours

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