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Supporting Recovery of the Upper Extremity During ADLs Following Stroke or Brain Injury Using An NDT Approach – with Sherry Rock

January 24, 2022 @ 8:45 am - 2:45 pm

Workshop Description:

Often after a stroke or brain injury, it is challenging to find a role for the more involved upper extremity (UE) while performing Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). This virtual workshop combines an OT perspective with NDT principles to focus on UE recovery during Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). It will look at incorporating the more involved or hemiplegic UE into ADLs through using the UE in an active support role. This workshop will provide an opportunity to explore practical tips to engage the UE in active support during functional tasks while considering a variety of environments (e.g. at the bedside, in a wheelchair, at a table).

The workshop will contain a lecture, problem solving sessions and labs to aid in assessment of the UE and facilitation of the UE in active support while performing ADLs. The task/occupation, client goals and the client’s environment will be considered. There is an optional lab component for those who would like to practice the skills learned and receive virtual feedback from the instructor. Should participants choose to participate in this option, they will need a second person who is available for the lab practice.

Participants must be registered Occupational Therapists or Therapy Assistants.

Please check back soon for registration information. 

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the course, participants will:

• Learn about the benefits of using the hemiplegic UE as an active support during functional tasks for clients after stroke or clients who have neurological impairments
• Develop basic problem solving strategies to assess trunk and UE alignment
• Use task and movement analysis skills to identify efficient and less efficient movement strategies to complete ADLs
• Problem solve how to incorporate the more involved UE into ADLs by having the UE in active support while considering the environment
• Learn basic handling skills to improve trunk and upper extremity alignment to promote active support during ADLs


Sherry Rock

Sherry Rock OT Reg.(Ont) is an Occupational Therapist who works at Grand River Hospital – Freeport Campus in Kitchener, Ontario. She is the first and only Adult NDTA™ OT instructor in Canada. She holds a Master of Clinical Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario. She has over 19 years of experience working with clients with stroke and other neurological diagnoses in both outpatient and inpatient settings. She completed her NDT Certificate course in 2005 and has taken numerous advanced NDT courses as well as various cognitive and perceptual courses related to acquired brain injuries. Sherry began teaching as an NDTA™ Occupational Therapy instructor candidate in 2009 and completed her training to become an NDTA™ OT Instructor in 2018. She has taught on many introductory, intermediate and certificate NDTA™ courses as well as presented on topics related to cognition and perception at conferences in Ontario. Her passion is working with clients with neurological conditions and their families to help clients maximize their independence in completing everyday activities within their home and in the community.


January 24, 2022
8:45 am - 2:45 pm
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Central South Regional Stroke Network

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