z 6/6-6/8 41st Annual Interdisciplinary Spinal Cord Injury/Disease Course: Advancing Healthy Lifestyles

$ 750.00

The emotional, physical and medical needs are important factors in building and maintaining a healthy lifestyle after a spinal cord injury/disease (SCI/D). Practitioners can build better therapeutic interventions when they understand how these important psychosocial and physical elements impact their patients and change over time. This interdisciplinary, evidence-based course focuses on the resources and lifestyle strategies that allow individuals to achieve their highest quality of life.  Day 1 will discuss aging issues with a SCI/D, bone density, bowel and bladder and sexuality. Day 2 will focus on the resources available after therapy ends and how to help patients become a consumer of research. Day 3 will tap into the emotional issues of living with a SCI/D. All 3 days include hands-on workshops where participants will build on their clinical skills in areas such as mobility, splinting, FES and locomotor 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 4 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:

  1. Functional Mobility and Mat Skills
  2. Alternatives to Medication, How to Subgroup Spasticity for Therapeutic Interventions
  3. Wheelchair Skills
  4. Promoting Functional Independence and Positioning through Orthotics: Splinting Workshop (additional material fee of $75 applies)
  5. KAFO Training and Strategies
  6. Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) and High Reputation Task Training in SCI
  7. Shoulder Pain: Assessment and Intervention
  8. Locomotor Training Strategies after SCI/D (Workshop is Full - Contact Academy@sralab.org to be put on waitlist for this workshop)


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

  • Identify current research and trends in the treatment of balance and locomotion in persons with spinal cord injuries
  • Discuss psychosocial, sexuality, hygiene and intimacy considerations for persons living with a spinal cord injury 
  • Review & discuss seating considerations for persons living with a spinal cord injury
  • Demonstrate performance skills of functional mobility and mat skills, basic wheelchair skills or KAFO/ locomotor training in persons with a spinal cord injury
  • Practice interventions related to upper extremity splinting, FES and directional preference considerations in patients with a spinal cord injury 
  • Identify current research and trends in treatment related to osteoporosis and pain management
  • Review and practice selected computer access and Environmental aides to daily living
  • Discuss issues of medical management and co-morbidities related to aging with a spinal cord injury

SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION: Participants will complete 2-3 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 to provide a foundation for the in-person lab 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

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 2.2 CEU or 22 contact hours (2.5-5.5 hours for pre-work & 16.5-19. 5 hours live) or 23 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

AOTA Classification Code: Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process 

Physical Therapy

The Illinois Physical Therapy Board has approved this three-day course for 22 contact hours (2.5-5.5 hours pre-work & 16.5-19.5 hours live depending on lab selection). (23 hours if splinting lab selected.)

Approval #216-000069. 


Rooms have been reserved at the Residence Inn Chicago Downtown / Magnificent Mile, 201 East Walton Place, Chicago, Illinois. 60611

The Residence Inn Chicago Downtown / Magnificent Mile is located 8 blocks from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Please contact their reservations department at (312) 943-9800 or 1 (800) 331-3131 and ask for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Annual Spinal Cord Injury course room block or make your reservations using this online link: Book your group rate for Annual Spinal Cord Injury Course. The corporate room rate is $169.00 for the Studio with 1 king bed and 1 sofa bed (single or double occupancy) plus the *17.4% tax.  Parking at the Residence Inn is *$60.16.  The Residence Inn provides a complimentary breakfast to their guests each morning of their stay. The corporate room rate will be available until May 15, 2018 or until the group block is sold-out (whichever comes first).

The room block could reach its maximum before the above 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. 

*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


Occupational Therapists OTA and PTA Physical Therapists