Spatial Neglect: Advanced Strategies for Assessment and Treatment

Audience: OT, COTA, SLP and other professionals interested in cognitive rehabilitation
Course level: Introductory level, Professional area
Date: Oct. 27, 2012
Check -in time: 8-8:30 a.m.
Class time: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Fairview Southdale Hospital. International Room A and B.
6401 France Ave. S. Edina, MN 55435

Course fee: $225.00

Contact Hours: 5.5 contact hours

This course is offered for .55 CEUs
This course has been submitted for ASHA registration and at this time has not been yet been registered with ASHA. These hours can be submitted for MN licensure

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Joan Toglia, PhD, OTR
is a Professor and Program Director of the Graduate Occupational Therapy Program at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY and Professional Associate at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Weill Medical Center. Dr. Toglia is especially known for her work on the multicontext treatment approach and the use of dynamic assessment methods. She has presented lectures and workshops throughout the United States and Canada and is author of numerous publications. She has contributed extensively to the field of cognitive perceptual rehabilitation as a clinician, educator and researcher. 

Course description 
This course is designed to provide in-depth information on evaluation and treatment strategies for adults who have spatial neglect. Current research and conceptualizations of neglect will be reviewed.  Subtypes of neglect (personal, peripersonal, extrapersonal; motor or intentional, sensory/attentional, representational, allocentric, egocentric, and neglect dyslexia) will be discussed along with the clinical implications for assessment and treatment. Standardized and nontraditional assessments will be presented as well as methods for screening and identifying subtle forms of spatial neglect.  A Multi-context treatment approach that focuses on changing the person's self-awareness and use of strategies in a variety of situations will be presented along with other treatment approaches and techniques. Clinical cases and multiple video tapes of clients will be integrated throughout the workshop to illustrate the variety of clinical symptoms as well as assessment and treatment strategies. Joan Toglia receives an honorarium for speaking and teaching on this topic.  She has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

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

  • Identify different subtypes of spatial neglect and awareness
  • Assess spatial neglect and self-awareness
  • Identify subtle forms of spatial neglect
  • Expand the range of treatment activities
  • Identify different treatment approaches used in the treatment of spatial neglect
  • Use strategy training and self monitoring techniques across different contexts
  • Apply the Multi-context Approach to Spatial Neglect

8-8:30 a.m.                      Check in/Registration
8:30-10 a.m.                    Spatial Neglect:
– Overview
                                               – The Experience of Neglect: Client Perspectives (video examples)
                                               – Measurement of activity limitations and participation restrictions
10-10:15 a.m.                  Morning Break
10:15-12 p.m.                  Characteristics of Spatial Neglect:
                                               – Subtypes of neglect, variations in manifestations and symptoms
                                               – Assessments and Treatment Implications
                                               – Traditional and non-traditional implications
                                               – Unawareness: Examples of Assessment
                                               – Assessment Interpretation
12-1:15 p.m.                   LUNCH
1:15-3:30 p.m.                Spatial Neglect: Intervention
                                               – Overview
                                               – Eye patching, prisms, limb activation and other techniques
                                               – Strategy and awareness training: strategies to enhance attention to the 
                                                  left side (video examples)
                                               – Treatment activities and case discussions
                                               – What is the evidence?
                                               – Emerging trends and directions for the future
4 p.m.                              Summary and Questions       

This course is eligible for American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider credit.  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.                 

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