This Neuro-IFRAH Re-Certification course is specifically designed for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, physical therapy
assistants, and occupational therapy assistants who work with adults with Hemiplegia from a stroke or brain injury and are currently or have previously been Neuro-IFRAH Certified®. This course is
provided over 2-5 days and provides 14-35 hours of instruction. There is a 2 day minimum covering 6 hours of direct patient treatment utilizing the Neuro-IFRAH approach and may include up to 3
days of review of the Neuro-IFRAH Certification material. The Neuro-IFRAH
Certification course covers basic to advanced concepts and effective application in a practical, organized manner to enhance learning. The main emphasis is on assessment and management to develop
excellence in maximizing functional outcomes throughout the continuum of care. This course utilizes an integrative whole-person approach with emphasis on restoring function and making it functional
for a return to independent living and resumption/assumption of roles. Challenges encountered by therapists in meeting their patients’ needs throughout the continuum of care are addressed throughout
the course. The course consists of lecture, laboratory practice, demonstrations, and patient treatment. Individual attention by the instructors will be provided to enhance participants’ observation,
handling, and problem-solving skills. This course includes the practical application of current basic to advanced concepts sequenced in a creative manner to help all participants meet the course
objectives as well as their individual objectives. Waleed Al-Oboudi, who has taught the most multiple-week courses in the past 10 years and the majority of the advanced courses ever taught throughout
the United States, specifically designed this course.
PLEASE NOTE : IN TWO DAY RE-CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS, THERE WILL BE NO REVIEW OF CERTIFICATION COURSE MATERIAL. Brief question and answer sessions will be held during the
program. Participants are expected to apply the information they learned in the certification course successfully.
Upon completion of the course participants will be able to:
- Identify the impact of the stroke/brain injury on the patient’s life roles and the functional
limitations interfering with his/her ability to resume/assume those roles.
- Identify the primary and secondary impairments, movement or otherwise, underlying the functional
limitations in various postures including function in upright posture.
- Select functional activities that will assess the patient’s functional limitations and underlying
impairments in various postures including function in upright posture.
- Identify concepts related to musculoskeletal biomechanics and function of the trunk, upper
extremities, lower extremities, and head/neck and overall body coordination.
- Differentiate between normal and abnormal movement throughout the body in various postures and
transition in functional activities including activities in upright posture.
- Identify concepts related to the impact of whole body alignment and control as well as other mobility
and control variables on respiration.
- Identify missing components/processes necessary for interaction with the environment, effective
learning, and generalization of skills/carry over.
- Identify concepts related to facilitation of upper extremity and lower extremity us/function and whole
body use for support, manipulation, balance, expression, sensory and functional tools, emotional release, comfort, containment, protection and propulsion.
- Develop a comprehensive treatment plan that will include preparation of mobility and control and
facilitation of normal movement during functional activities in all postures, and ideas for carry over.
- Develop strategies to: facilitate the patient’s increased awareness of the rehab process, improve self
image and confidence, and improve adaptation, planning, and pacing skills.
- Apply management strategies to help patients obtain missing components of movement throughout the body
that are interfering with functioning at a higher level in all postures including function in upright posture.
- Modify management strategies effectively based on the patient’s response to maximize use of more
normal and efficient movement patterns in functional activities.
- Demonstrate effective application of handling concepts in developing upper extremity and lower
extremity use/function and whole body use for support, manipulation, balance, expression, sensory and functional tools, emotional release, comfort, containment, protection and propulsion.
- Integrate concepts related to normal movement, musculoskeletal biomechanics and function, sensory,
cognitive, communicative, perceptual-motor, and emotional considerations into activities of daily living and other functional activities.
- Identify concepts related to the restoration of automaticity throughout the whole body, and carryover
in functional use during activities of daily living and other functional activities.
Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be Neuro-IFRAH Certified® for 5 years
Required Reading: “Back to the Summit” by Sen. Omer Rains