presented by Lorie Richards
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Lorie Richards, PhD, OTR/L
Dr. Richards has been an occupational therapy educator and rehabilitation researcher for over 20 years. She is currently the Chair and Associate professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy at the University of Utah, with previous appointments at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the University of Florida, and the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center.…Read full bio
1. Neuroanatomy, Neural Mechanisms, and Stroke
Basic physiological and anatomical information about disabling condition forms the background knowledge for therapists. This chapter will remind the attendee of the neuroanatomy and neural mechanisms associated with stroke.
2. Principles of Practice for Motor Rehabilitation
Recovery of motor function after stroke is believed to rely on neural re-organization. The basis for motor rehabilitation approaches comes from basic animal and human studies of how behavioral experience influences neuroplasticity. This chapter will review the literature that has led to the development of basic principles of practice structure and the greatest neuroplasticity.
3. Evidence for Post-Stroke Motor Rehabilitation Approaches
Rehabilitation needs to be evidence-based so that the most efficacious and effective interventions are provided to individuals with stroke. This chapter will present the evidence for the most-studied motor rehabilitation approaches for hemiparesis post-stroke.
4. Experimental Approaches
It is clear from research conducted over the past 20 years that therapy facilitates motor recovery from stroke. Despite such rehabilitation however, individuals with stroke continue to experience long-term reduced motor function that interferes with successful engagement in daily activities. More effective interventions are needed. This chapter will describe some new approaches, mostly interventions to be used as instigators of motor practice, that offer promise for enhancing the brain’s ability to re-organize in response to motor practice.