Functional Electrical Stimulation and High Repetition Task Training in Spinal Cord Injury

DESCRIPTION: This on-demand course provides current evidence for the use of electrical stimulation in the upper extremity of individuals with cervical level spinal cord injury. The course reviews task specific training and functional electrical stimulation (FES) basics as well as FES motor and sensory stimulation usage. Three video presentations provide an overview of functional electrical stimulation usage and practice parameters in the individual with a spinal cord injury.

INSTRUCTOR: Anne Marie Sweeney, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Spinal Cord Injury Program, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION: This interactive online course consists of three video presentations with integrated questions to check your understanding, an assessment, and a feedback survey. Learning activities are structured to reinforce the course objectives and it will take approximately 60 minutes to complete. 


This course is intended for physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapy assistants


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

  • Discuss the use of high repetition task specific training with cervical level spinal cord injury (SCI)
  • Establish the basics of functional electrical stimulation and SCI
  • Review current evidence based functional electrical motor stimulation treatment for Upper Exremity SCI
  • Describe the use of somatosensory stimulation within cervical SCI treatment

    Note: 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.


    Physical Therapy

    This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1.0 Contact Hours (1.0 Self-Study). Approval #216-000069

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This course has been approved for 1.0 Contact Hours (1.0 Hours Self-Study) 

    Occupational Therapy

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. This intermediate level program awards occupational therapists 0.1 CEUs or 1 contact hours. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. 


    Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by letter, email, or fax 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.

    Basic Computer Requirements: 

    You will need access to a computer with an Internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.

    • Web browser: Latest stable version of Apple Safari, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox
    • JavaScript and Cookies enabled
    • Do NOTuse Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge as they are not supported.


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