Assessment & Treatment of Spatial Neglect

Webinar Title and Description: Assessment & Treatment of Spatial Neglect- Spatial neglect is a neurological disorder that occurs more frequently with right brain damage than left brain damage after stroke, according to studies in acute care and inpatient rehabilitation settings. It is also common after TBI in rehabilitation hospitals. Despite the high prevalence, patients with spatial neglect do not always receive care specific to the disorder. For more than 4 decades, independent research groups around the world have been presenting evidence of spatial neglect’s negative impact on rehabilitation progress and functional recovery. However, there is a significant gap in knowledge implementation from research to clinical practice. This 2-part webinar series is an effort to narrow the gap.

The presenter, Peii Chen, PhD, will provide an overview on the current understanding of spatial neglect. Mechanisms, symptom presentations, deficit consequences, assessment selection, and treatment principles will be discussed. Dr. Chen will clarify what is spatial neglect and what is not spatial neglect, what is the reason for the wide variety of symptom presentations, and how spatial neglect impacts on functional outcomes and family caregiver burden. Evidence-based treatments will be introduced. Research-informed practice suggestions will be offered. All rehabilitation specialists will find updated, useful information that helps them provide care to patients with acquired brain injury.

It is recommended that learners attend both sessions due to the comprehensive nature of the content. Part I, How to Improve Care for Individuals with Spatial Neglect (Click Here), will specify important steps to improve spatial neglect care. The steps include naming the disorder consistently, recognizing the complexity of the disorder, screening all neurological patients, and seeking resources to offer evidence-based treatment. Part II, Assessment and Treatment of Spatial Neglect, will introduce different assessment types and treatment approaches. Two clinical tools, KF-NAP® and KF-PAT®, will be introduced as well. KF-NAP is an assessment procedure that detects and measures spatial neglect in daily situations. KF-PAT is a standardized protocol for delivering prism adaptation treatment.

Instructor: Peii Chen, PhD

Learner Outcomes: Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:  

  1. Describe the difference between visual field cut and visual symptoms of spatial neglect.
  2. Identify at least 3 non-visual symptoms of spatial neglect.
  3. Define the prevalence of left-sided neglect vs right-sided neglect.
  4. Select assessment tools and specific treatment approaches appropriate for your practice setting for individual patients.

Successful Completion: Participants will watch the on-demand recording in its entirety and complete an attendance verification and assessment in the Academy Learning Portal. You will have 3 months from the date of purchase to complete and review the course material. You will receive a reminder email 2 weeks before the expiration date.

Audience: Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants and Speech-Language Pathologists

Continuing Education:


The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This CNE is being offered for 1.5 contact hours of continuing nursing education.

Occupational Therapists:

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 7704. This distance learning independent webinar is offered at .15 CEUs [intermediate, OT service delivery/ Foundational Knowledge]. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Physical Therapists: This online course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours. Approval #216-000069

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education.  This course has been approved by the New York Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours.

The following states require continuing education units or contact hours with no state specific approval: CT, IA, and WA

Speech-Language Pathologists:

Course Directors and Planning Committee Members:
Julie Lenkiewicz, MS, CCC-SLP - Has nothing to disclose.
Melissa Kolski, PT, OCS, Dip MDT - Has nothing to disclose.
Leslie Marriott, OT - Has nothing to disclose.
Pamela Pfeifer, MS, RN, NPD-BC - Has nothing to disclose.
Speakers, Moderators and Panelists:

Peii Chen, PhD - Financial: Receives a salary from the Kessler Foundation. Non-financial: Has nothing to disclose.

Technology Requirements: To participate, you will need access to a device with an Internet connection. Computers, laptops, iOS and Android devices are supported.

High-speed broadband Internet access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended. 
Additional requirements include: Web browser: latest stable version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari, JavaScript and Cookies enabled, Speaker and microphone, or headset with microphone, or phone to listen to webinar facilitators, Do NOT use Internet Explorer as it is not supported.

      Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by letter or email or contact us by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.


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