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The following courses are being offered at Back Works. Please check this page regularly as new courses may be added.​

  • Teaming Up:  Supporting Recovery of the Upper Extremity While Addressing Cognitive and Perceptual Difficulties Following Stroke or Brain Injury Using An NDT Approach - Saturday May 9, 2020  Registration Form

  • NDT Introductory Workshop in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Neuro-motor Disorders - June 6 - 7, 2020  Registration Form

  • Developing Support & Reach in The UE:  NDT Workshop in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Neuro-motor Disorders - Sun June 14, 2020 Registration Form

  • Challenges in Gait:  NDT Workshop in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Neuro-Motor Disorders - Sun June 21, 2020  Registration Form

  • Hip-Lumbar Spine Drivers & Their Connections - A ConnectTherapy™ Skill Enhancement Workshop - Sunday July 5, 2020  Registration Form

**  If interested, please ask to be put on our course update list and you will receive an email to notify you of new courses being added to the schedule.**


Teaming Up:  Supporting Recovery of the Upper Extremity While Addressing Cognitive and Perceptual Difficulties Following Stroke or Brain Injury Using An NDT Approach

 

Date:  Saturday May 9, 2020  Download Registration Form

 

Instructor:  Sherry Rock, OT Reg. (Ont.)

 

Tuition:  $250.00 + HST ($282.50 Canadian)

 

Requirements:  Participants must be registered Occupational Therapists or Therapy Assistants

 

Location:  Back Works Spinal & Sports Rehabilitation, 99 Northfield Dr E Suite 102, Waterloo, ON  N2K 3P9

 

Course Description

After a stroke or brain injury, there can be cognitive and perceptual difficulties in addition to physical impairments which significantly impact a client's ability to perform functional tasks. As Occupational Therapists, it can be difficult to figure out how best to manage our time so that we are being holistic and finding a role for the more involved upper extremity (UE) while also addressing a client's cognitive and perceptual impairments.  This one day workshop will present NDT principles related to incorporating the more involved UE into cognitive and perceptual treatment options by using the UE in an active support role.  The course will provide an opportunity to explore practical tips to engage and challenge the UE in active support while being creative on how to set up the environment to complete cognitive and perceptual tasks.  The course format will include a lecture, with a large focus on labs to aid in assessment and facilitation of the trunk and UE in active support, as well as to problem solve how to set up the environment and facilitate the UE in active support during cognitive and perceptual treatment.

 

Upon completion of the course, participants will:

  • Recognize the potential benefits of using the UE as an active support during cognitive and perceptual tasks for clients who have neurological impairments, particularly as applied to the management of the more involved UE
  • Develop basic problem solving strategies to assess trunk and UE alignment 
  • Develop basic handling skills to improve trunk and upper extremity alignment to promote active support during cognitive and perceptual tasks
  • Understand how we can continue to focus on common cognitive and perceptual issues/treatments after stroke and brain injury while also addressing and challenging a client's posture and UE in active support.
  • Utilize problem solving strategies to set up the environment to enable the client to use the more involved UE in active support during common cognitive and perceptual tasks

For more information contact Back Works Spinal and Sports Rehabilitation at admin@backworks.ca or (519) 746-8172


NDT Introductory Workshop in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Neuro-motor Disorders

 

Dates:  June 6 - 7, 2020  Download Registration Form

 

Instructor:  Karen Guha, PT, BSc PT, C/NDT, CIDN, NDTA™ C/I

 

Tuition:  $450 + HST ($508.50 Canadian)

 

Requirements:  Participants must be a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist, Therapy/Rehab Assistant or Kinesiologist

 

Location:  Back Works Spinal & Sports Rehabilitation, 99 Northfield Dr E Suite 102, Waterloo, ON  N2K 3P9

 

Course description:  This two day introductory level course provides a unique opportunity for health care professionals to gain insight into the basic principles of the NDT approach and how it is applied to clinical practice to promote recovery of function in individuals with neurological impairments.  Current theoretical foundations and evidence supporting an NDT approach will be presented as well as specific and practical information about the management of the adult neurological patient.  The overall objective of this course is to enable participants to bring information back to their facility and apply it toward promoting more functional movement and achieving functional outcomes with their patients.

 

Upon completion of the course the participants will be able to:

  • State the basic philosophy  underlying the NDT approach to the treatment of adults with neurological dysfunction
  • Demonstrate basic skill in analyzing movement, both normal and abnormal, during sitting and standing activities and some transitions
  • Identify major impairments interfering with normal movement and function in the adult with stroke, brain injury and other neuromotor disorders such as incomplete spinal cord injury
  • Demonstrate basic handling skills to enhance patient’s functional movement as related to his/her functional goals
  • Demonstrate an increased repertoire of evaluation and treatment strategies for the individual with stroke, brain injury and other neuromotor disorders

For more information contact Back Works Spinal and Sports Rehabilitation at admin@backworks.ca or (519) 746-8172


Developing Support & Reach in The UE:  NDT Workshop in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Neuro-motor Disorders

 

Date:  Sun June 14, 2020

 

Instructor:  Karen Guha, PT, BSc PT, C/NDT, CIDN, NDTA Coordinator Instructor

 

Cost: $275.00 plus HST ($310.75)  Download Registration Form

 

Requirements:  Participants must be a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist, Therapy/Rehab Assistant or Kinesiologist

 

Location:  Back Works Spinal & Sports Rehabilitation, 99 Northfield Dr E Suite 102, Waterloo, ON  N2K 3P9

 

Workshop Description

This one-day workshop will present NDT principles related to coordinated movements of the trunk and upper extremity for active support in function and for developing reach.   The workshop will provide an opportunity for analysis of the role of the upper extremity in function and the assessment of movement dysfunction in the upper extremity in clients with neurological deficits post CVA or brain injury. 

 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the principles of the NDT approach to the treatment of adults with neurological impairments and particularly as applied to management of the upper extremity in an individual post stroke or brain injury
  • Demonstrate basic skill for analyzing normal and abnormal movement as it relates to the trunk and upper extremity function for support and during reach.
  • Demonstrate basic handling skills to improve shoulder mobility, reduce pain and facilitate scapula control in coordination with trunk and upper extremity movements.

For more information contact Back Works Spinal and Sports Rehabilitation at admin@backworks.ca or (519) 746-8172


Challenges in Gait:  NDT Workshop in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Neuro-Motor Disorders

 

Date:  Sun June 21, 2020

 

Instructor:  Karen Guha, PT, BSc PT, C/NDT, CIDN, NDTA Coordinator Instructor

 

Cost: $275.00 plus HST ($310.75)  Download Registration Form

 

Requirements:  Participants must be a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist, Therapy/Rehab Assistant or Kinesiologist

 

Location:  Back Works Spinal & Sports Rehabilitation, 99 Northfield Dr E Suite 102, Waterloo, ON  N2K 3P9

 

Workshop Description

In order for individuals’ post-stroke or brain injury to be truly independent when walking, they need to be challenged beyond forward walking.  Functional gait includes being able to walk at different speeds, on different surfaces, changing directions, combining gait with other activities and negotiating stairs.  Often this is difficult for many individuals who have suffered a neurological injury.  This one-day workshop will present NDT principles related to preparation for and treating in function during standing and walking.  This workshop will focus on strategies to facilitate the trunk, UE and LE with the goal of challenging individuals’ post-stroke or brain injury in standing, during gait, and while performing various functional activities.  These functional activities include forward and backward walking, turning, and stair climbing. The workshop will provide an opportunity for analysis of biomechanics and the assessment of movement dysfunction in an individual post-stroke or brain injury during these functional activities.

 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop the participants will be able to:

  • Identify components of typical gait
  • Demonstrate basic skill in analyzing atypical components of trunk, upper and lower extremity function, frequently associated with conditions of neurological dysfunction, during activities in standing, during gait and on the stairs. 
  • Demonstrate basic handling skills to enhance patient’s movement as related to his/her functional goals during standing, gait and on the stairs.

For more information contact Back Works Spinal and Sports Rehabilitation at admin@backworks.ca or (519) 746-8172


Hip-Lumbar Spine Drivers & Their Connections - A ConnectTherapy™ Skill Enhancement Workshop

 

DATE:  Sunday July 5, 2020

 

INSTRUCTOR:  Rabi Guha, PT, BSc.P.T., Cert.M.D.T., CAFCI, Dip. Manip. PT, FCAMPT, CGIMS, LJLCA


COST:  $295.00 + 13% HST (CAD)   Download Registration Form

 

LOCATION:  Back Works Spinal & Sports Rehabilitation, Waterloo ON

 

This 1-day workshop day will focus on Hip Drivers and Lumbar Spine Drivers and the connections of these regions to whole body function & performance, and will be led by Certified Practitioner and Assistant, Rabi Guha.

Some of the specific topics to be covered related to these regions include:

  • assessment skills for the abdominal wall – evaluating synergies between superficial & deep muscles, assessing the linea alba in diastasis rectus abdominis, and clinical reasoning of when & how to train the abdominal wall 
  • clinical reasoning for when the Lumbar spine and Hip are Secondary Drivers or Co-Drivers to other regions
  • relationship of Thoracic Rings to Lumbar Spine & Hip – determine the impact of the thorax on the Lumbar Spine and Hip
  • when to use more passive, supported types of vector analysis & release vs. when to move into dynamic release for more efficient progression of exercise programs 

At each workshop, participants will be asked for a list of specific skills they want to practice related to assessment and treatment of the regional Driver topic for the day. 

Class size is limited to twelve (12) participants. 

 

Qualifications/ Pre-requisites:

This course is designed for graduates of the ConnectTherapy Series, current Series participants who have completed the relevant course content, those wanting more feedback on skills prior to application to Certification after Part 4 of the ConnectTherapy Series, and is also helpful for those considering enrolling in Part 4.

 

Participants must have completed one of:

  • The Discover Physio Series
  • The Series with Dr. LJ Lee
  • The Series in The Integrated Systems Model (ISM) with Diane Lee
  • The ConnectTherapy Series

For more information please contact Janine Tasaka, Director of Education Planning at Janine@ljlee.ca or call 1.604.986.2777

 

If you would like to request a topic for future Skill Enhancement Workshops please email info@ljlee.ca to send your request as future workshops will be designed on participant feedback.

 
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