6/5-6/7 42nd Annual Interdisciplinary Spinal Cord Injury/Disease Course

$ 650.00

Early Bird Pricing Ends March 30. Regular Price = $725 

For full course details, workshop descriptions and faculty list, please review the course brochure: Click Here 

LOCATION: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, 355 E Erie St, Chicago, IL 60611

AUDIENCE: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, and Physicians (not offering CME)

Workshop Options: You will register above for 4 workshops. Note that these fill up on a first come, first served basis. Download the course brochure to see the complete descriptions and schedule of these sessions:

  1. Functional Mobility and Mat Skills for Persons with SCI/D
  2. The Applications of Technology for Prognosis and Treatment of SCI
  3. Wheelchair Skills Training Lab
  4. Promoting Functional Independence and Positioning through Orthotics: Splinting Workshop (additional material fee of $75 applies)
  5. KAFO Training Strategies for Persons with SCI/D
  6. Upper Extremity Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) and High Repetition Task Training in SCI
  7. Assessment and Intervention for Management of Shoulder Pain
  8. Locomotor Training Strategies after SCI
  9. Taking Care of Business: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Bowel and Bladder Management/
  10. (ISNCSCI) International Standards for the Neurological Classification of SCI (Beginner and Advanced Levels)


OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify current research and trends in seating and positioning with spinal cord injuries.
  • Discuss psychosocial considerations for persons living with a spinal cord injury and their families. 
  • Demonstrate performance skills of functional mobility and mat skills, basic wheelchair skills or KAFO/ locomotor training in persons with a spinal cord injury
  • Evaluate the evidence regarding innovations in aspects of basic science and relevance in clinical practice in spinal cord injury. 
  • Practice interventions related to upper extremity splinting, shoulder management, and UE FES considerations in patients with a spinal cord injury 
  • Theorize how MRI could inform clinical management of individuals with SCI.

SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION: Participants will complete 3.5-4.5 hours of self-study activities in advance of this three-day course. These self-study activities for the SCI/D course will consist of webinars, readings, and exercises that provide a foundation for the in-person lab and workshops.  In order to receive contact hours, daily sign in and completion of an online evaluation are required. 

Continuing Education Units

Occupational Therapy

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. The three-day intermediate level program awards occupational therapists 2.125 CEU or 21.25 contact hours (3.5-4.5 hours for pre-work & 17.75 hours live) or 22.25 contact hours if splinting lab included.  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.  AOTA CLASSIFICATION CODE: CATEGORY 2: Occupational Therapy Process

Physical Therapy

This three-day course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 21.00 Contact Hours (3.5-4.5 hours pre-work & 17.75 hours live depending on lab selection). Approval #216-000069


Rooms have been reserved at the Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile, 633 North St. Clair, Chicago, Illinois, 60611. 

The Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile is located 1½ blocks from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Please contact their reservation agent from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm at (888) 591-1234. Please ask for the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel (there are several Hyatt Hotels in Chicago) and ask for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Annual Spinal Cord Injury Course room block. The corporate rate is $219.00 for a Deluxe Guestroom (single or double occupancy) plus *17.4% tax. The daily rate for parking at the Hyatt Chicago is *$69.00/day with in and out privileges. The cut-off date for room reservations is May 7, 2019. Please note that the room block could reach its maximum before the cut-off date. Rooms and rates revert to a space-available basis after the room block has reached its maximum or after the cut-off date (whichever comes first.) *The rates for parking and taxes are subject to change without advanced notice.

*The rates for parking and taxes are subject to change without advanced notice.

Directions and Parking Details for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab can be found: here


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