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Treating the Individual with Ataxia – A Virtual NDT Workshop with Karen Guha

October 7 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Workshop description:

This one-day virtual workshop provides an opportunity for health care professionals to gain
insight into treating the individual with ataxia. Treating the individual with ataxia can often be a
very challenging experience for the clinician. Perhaps this is because we have focused on
addressing the clinical symptoms rather than the underlying impairments. This workshop will
explore primary impairments present in the individual with ataxia, current theoretical evidence
and treatment strategies using the NDTA TM Contemporary Practice Model. The overall objective
of this workshop is to provide clinicians with knowledge and skills they can use in treating the
individual with ataxia to promote positive functional outcomes.

The workshop will contain didactic information, group breakout sessions, detailed lab
information with handouts, and videos to watch. The session with have live, virtual interaction
with the instructor throughout the workshop. There is also an optional lab component for those
individuals who would like time to practice the labs and receive live virtual feedback from the
instructor. Individuals who register for this component will need to have a colleague, family
member or friend who are available for the lab practice.


Workshop Objectives:

Upon completion of the workshop the participants will:

• Apply evidence-based practice from the current literature in order to make effective clinical decisions when treating the individual with ataxia.

• Identify major impairments interfering with normal movement and function in the individual with ataxia.

 • Gain various treatment strategies to address impairments in the individual with ataxia, and work within functional activities including in sitting, standing and gait.

Workshop Schedule:

8-8:15                   Introduction
8:15-8:45              Treating the Individual with Ataxia – Exploring the research and primary
8:45-9:30              Principles of Intervention – Trunk Facilitation
9:30-10:15            Principles of Intervention – Exploring the Task
10:15-10:30          Break
10:30-11:30          Strategies to Promote Recovery in Standing and During Gait
                               Lab –Sit to stand, activities in standing, gait
11:30-12:00          Wrap Up
12:00-1:00            Open Lab Practice


Karen Guha

Karen Guha, PT, BScPT, C/NDT, CIDN, NDTA Coordinator Instructor
Karen Guha is a registered physical therapist who graduated from the University of Toronto in
1996 with a BSc PT. Karen worked in the United States for 3 ½ years treating individuals with
neurological diagnoses in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. She returned to Canada in
2000 and began working at Grand River Hospital (GRH), Kitchener, Ontario. Karen worked on
the acute stroke unit, inpatient and outpatient neuro rehabilitation settings at GRH. She presently
works in the outpatient Neuro Rehabilitation Clinic at GRH treating individuals who suffer from
stroke, acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury and other neurological diagnoses. In addition,
she works with individuals privately in their home or community and at Back Works Spinal and
Sports Rehabilitation, Waterloo, Ontario. Karen has over 20 years experience working with
individuals with neurological impairments.
Karen began her NDT training in 1998 by completing her Certificate Course (for adults with
hemiplegia), and has since taken several advance level courses. In 2002 Karen became an
Instructor Candidate and began assisting on various NDT courses. Karen became a NDTA PT
instructor in 2007 and a NDTA Coordinator Instructor in 2011. Karen is also qualified to teach
NDT Advanced courses. She has taught NDT courses in Canada, the United States and
internationally. Karen became certified in Integrated Dry Needling in 2017.


Participants can be any health care practitioner who works with individuals who have suffered a neurological injury, and as part of their role, assists the patient in their room with bed mobility and ADL’s. This can include nursing staff and/or allied therapy staff. You will need to have access to Zoom.


October 7
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
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