7/9-7/10 26th Annual Interdisciplinary Stroke Course: In For The Long-Haul: Clinical Rehabilitation After the Hospital

$ 650.00

After sustaining a life-changing stroke, our patients begin the long process of recovery, and they are on that journey for the “long-haul.”  This post acute-care hospital journey often begins in Inpatient Rehabilitation, before quickly transitioning to Outpatient therapies, and finally into the adjustment of living in the community post-stroke.  Distinct needs and requests are noted at each stage for the patient and their families/caregivers.

This blended learning, interdisciplinary course will highlight and address many of those needs and requests along the journey.  Our first keynote speaker will discuss research that optimizes long-term upper and lower extremity function post stroke.  Day one workshops will explore high intensity gait, non-pharmacological spasticity management, dysphagia, and the art and science of delivering excellent patient education.  We will wrap up the first day with a panel of stroke survivors who will share their personal journeys through the recovery process upon discharge.

Day two of our course will begin with a keynote speaker who will discuss how clinical care can impact the long-term outcomes for survivors.  Participants will then engage in workshops that examine assistive technologies and augmentative and alternative communication technologies available for stroke survivors to promote independence, supportive communication techniques, upper extremity function management, and long-term exercise compliance.  Our course will conclude with a look at vocational rehabilitation services and the transition to the community, post-stroke.

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


Participants will complete 1.5 hours of self-study activities in advance of this two day-live course (earning 1.5 contact hours + 14.0 live contact hours = 15.5 contact hours).  In order to receive their contact hours, during the in-person portion of the course, participants must sign in each day and complete an online evaluation.


This course is intended for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Social Workers, Nurses, and Speech-Language Pathologists

Workshop Options: You will register above for 4 workshops.  Download course brochure to see the complete descriptions and schedule of these sessions. SLP's please note there are workshops where credit is not awarded for your discipline:

  1. A Non-Pharmacy Approach to Spasticity Management: Sub-grouping Spasticity for Therapeutic Exercise Selection (Not Applicable for SLP CEUs)
  2. High Intensity Gait Training (Not Applicable for SLP CEUs)
  3. Dysphagia Rehabilitation Across the Continuum of Care
  4. The Fine Art and Science in Delivering Excellent Patient Education
  5. Assistive Technology and AAC
  6. Supportive Communication Techniques for Interacting with Patients: Practical Instruction and Hands-On Practice
  7. Upper Extremity Function Management  (Not Applicable for SLP CEUs)
  8. Solutions to Long Term Exercise Compliance After Stroke  (Not Applicable for SLP CEUs)


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

  • Describe the necessary components to optimizing long-term upper and lower extremity function after stroke
  • Discuss the steps clinicians can take within the clinic setting to change the long-term outcomes for stroke survivors
  • Summarize evidence supporting high-intensity gait training in the stroke patient population, and strategies to implement these principles in clinic 
  • Discuss the classification of the peripheral nervous system mediated spasticity, and demonstrate interventions designed to identify root cause peripheral nerve irritation causing spasticity.
  • Describe evidence based treatment modalities when treating dysphagia across the continuum of care, & apply approaches in case study scenarios
  • Identify the aspects of the Patient Centered Education Model (PCEM), and practice those principles in interactive case studies to strengthen carryover into clinical practice
  • Express current technologies to aid in enhancing independence in the home, work, and community.
  • State evidence-based principles and strategies to promote supportive communication, and apply those principles through practice 
  • Describe and demonstrate practice and evidence based interventions to address upper extremity function and pain post stroke
  • Summarize the APTA clinical practice guidelines related to locomotion in chronic stroke survivors, and express how those guidelines can be applied to functional exercise in the long-term
  • Express the process and goals of vocational rehabilitation related to a variety of different outcomes post stroke


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 two-day intermediate level program awards occupational therapists 1.50 CEU or 15.50 contact hours (14 Live & 1.5 Self-Study).  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.  AOTA CLASSIFICATION CODE: CATEGORY 2: OT Process – Evaluation & Intervention.

Physical Therapy

This two-day course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 15.5 contact Hours (1.5 hours pre-work & 14.0 hours live). 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 15.5 Contact Hours (1.5 hours pre-work & 14.0 hours live).

Nursing  – Contact Hours Granted

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (OH-362) is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (live content: OH-362, 09/01/2020-126KAS; pre-work OH-362, 09/01/2020-126pKAS)

This CNE activity is being offered for 14.5 (live) and 1.5 (pre-work) contact hours.

Social Work

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is registered by the State of Illinois to sponsor continuing education programs for social workers.  This program will award 5.0 CEU (approved content: The Fine Art and Science in Delivering Excellent Patient Education (2 hours), Patient Panel (1 hour), and Supportive Communication Techniques for Interacting with Patients: Practical Instruction and Hands-On Practice (2 hours).

Speech-Language Pathology
Logo for the The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Continuing Education Units (CEU) Program

This course is offered for up to 1.55 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

 A full list of faculty disclosures for ASHA is available at: https://ricacademy.sharefile.com/d-sb99ec87b6604dbd9


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 Stroke Course (Group Code G-ALSC) or make your reservation online using this link: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/CHIMM/G-ALSC. The corporate rate is $189.00 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 June 10, 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