6/3-6/5 43rd Annual Interdisciplinary Spinal Cord Injury/Disease Course

$ 650.00

Early Bird Pricing Ends March 30th. Regular Fee = $750

This interdisciplinary course was designed to keep clinicians abreast of the very latest resources and strategies that allow individuals with SCI/D to achieve their highest quality of life.  Through hands-on workshops with patient models and skill-building opportunities led by leaders in the field, attendees will be prepared to immediately apply new skills.  Day 1 will discuss how specifics in autonomic dysreflexia,pain processing, and neuropathic pain affect individuals with a spinal cord injury .  Day 2 will focus on the application of clinical assessment of patients with SCI and outcomes in adults with pediatric onset spinal cord injury. Day 3 will tap into the challenge of daily living skills and quality of life issues of living with a SCI/D. All 3 days include hands-on workshops in areas such as impairment level assessment, autonomic dysreflexia, pain, functional mobility, wheelchair skills, expiratory training, (ISNCSCI) performance and assessment, upper extremity FES, and KAFO training.

For full course details and 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 5 workshops. Note that these fill up on a first come, first served basis. Download course brochure to see the complete descriptions and schedule of these sessions:

1st Workshops (choose 2):

  1. Physiological Impairment Level Assessment: Spasticity, Sensory, TMS
  2. Evaluation of Autonomic Dysfunctions following SCI 
  3. Pain evaluation in people with SCI
3rd Workshop (choose 1):
  1. ISNCSCI Performance and Assessment
  2. Seating and Positioning
  3. Expiratory Muscle Strength Training & Respiratory Considerations 
4th Workshop (choose 1):
  1. Functional Transfers, Bed Mobility and Mat Skills for Persons with SCI
  2. Wheelchair Skills Training Lab
  3. KAFO Training Strategies for Persons with SCI/D (PT CEUs Only)
5th Workshop (choose 1):
  1. Assessment and Intervention for Management of Shoulder
  2. Wheelchair Skills Training Lab
  3. Upper Extremity FES & High repetition task training in SCI


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

  • Identify current research and trends in autonomic dysreflexia with spinal cord injuries.
  • Theorize how the pain phenotype can inform clinical management of individuals with SCI.
  • Discuss psychosocial considerations for persons living with a spinal cord injury and their families.   
  • Identify factors associated with greater likelihood for employment, life satisfaction, and independent living for long-term survivors of pediatric onset spinal cord injuries.
  • Demonstrate performance skills of functional mobility and mat skills, basic wheelchair skills,KAFO training, EMST and respiratory training, or FES training in persons with a spinal cord injury.
  • Discuss clinical assessment and reasoning of ISNCSCI evaluation and scoring importance in diagnosis and prognosis in patients with SCI.

SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION: Participants will complete 2.5 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 labs and workshops.  In order to receive contact hours, daily sign in and completion of an on-line evaluation are required.

Continuing Education Units

Occupational Therapy

Logo for the American Occupational Therapy Association Continuing Education Program

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 1.95 CEU or 19.5 contact hours (2.5-3.5 hours for pre-work & 16-17 hours live).  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 – Evaluation, Intervention, & Outcomes.

Physical Therapy

This three-day course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 19.50 contact Hours (2.5-3.5 hours for pre-work & 16-17 hours live). 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 three-day course has been approved for 19.50 Contact Hours (2.5-3.5 hours for pre-work & 16-17 hours live).

Speech-Language Pathology


This course is offered for up to 1.05 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).


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 and ask for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Annual Spinal Cord Injury course (Group Code G-SCCS) or make your reservation online using this link: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/CHIMM/G-SCCS. The corporate rate is $229.00 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 5, 2020. 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.

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


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