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Neuro-IFRAH® Assessment and Management of Functional Gait: Walking For Life

(A Neuro-IFRAH ® course originated by Waleed Al-Oboudi)


Lisa Sisk, PT, MS, NCS

Certified Neuro-IFRAH Instructor®

Saturday, November 21: Registration 8:00-8:30 am, Class 8:30 to 5:00
Sunday, November 22: Class 8:30 to 5:00


TIRR Memorial Hermann
2nd floor Research Conference Center
1333 Moursund
Houston, TX 77030

Sponsored by: The Neuro-IFRAH® Organization

Course Description

This two or three day introductory level course is specifically designed for physical and occupational therapists and certified assistants who work with adults who have suffered a stroke or brain injury. This course will provide participants with a comprehensive whole body and whole person approach to assessment, management planning and management of walking. This course will utilize movement analysis and an effective, outcome oriented and inclusive management approach based on concepts of normal movement, movement sciences, the Neuro-Integrative Functional Rehabilitation and Habilitation approach (NEURO-IFRAH®) by Waleed Al-Oboudi. Creative progressions in resolving impairments and developing control and carry over for patients with various levels of function will be demonstrated and discussed. Therapists and assistants working in acute rehab, outpatient and home health will benefit from this workshop. The course format will include lecture, problem solving, demonstration of practical application of concepts by the instructors, practice labs and possibly videos demonstrating the application on patients. This course will be followed by intermediate level, advanced and ultra-advanced courses on function in upright postures. Information will be shared by lecture, lab and possibly using video or other visual aids.

*Completion of the Neuro-IFRAH course Assessment and Management of Functional Gait is a requirement prior to taking the intermediate course Function in Upright Postures.

Learning Objectives / Outcomes

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the importance of walking as a critical step in rehab process and its effect on role assumption and resumption.
  2. Identify factors influencing walking (whole body and other systems).
  3. Identify normal components of movement in gait.
  4. Identify abnormal components of movement interfering with gait in various conditions of observation.
  5. Apply handling techniques to facilitate control in standing and pre-gait.
  6. Apply handling techniques to facilitate one step at a time, walking forward and backward and turning, for patients with various levels of function.
  7. Identify strategies to facilitate increased walking speed to normal on an individual basis.
  8. Identify strategies to use tools to facilitate more normal components of movement and responses at various stages of recovery.
  9. Identify steps in developing a protocol for team management and carry over for walking.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be Neuro-IFRAH Trained®.

Recommended Reading: “Back to the Summit” by Sen. Omer Rains

Assessment of Learning Objectives: Discussion, lab participation, question / answer, course evaluation

Costs:This covers the 2-day class costs, and covers full materials. Tuition is due upon registration.

  • $200 to MHHS Rehab Service Line Employees
  • $400 for External Attendees

Instructor Information

Lisa SiskLisa Sisk, PT, MS, NCS, Neuro-IFRAH Instructor®

Lisa Sisk, PT, MS, NCS, Neuro-IFRAH Instructor® received her degree in Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University in 2004. She began her training with Waleed Al-Oboudi in 2006 and received her Neuro-IFRAH Instructor® certification in 2008. Lisa is a board-certified clinical specialist in neurology and has experience in the treatment and management of individuals with a stroke or brain injury across the continuum of care including acute, inpatient rehab, outpatient, and private services. Lisa is currently the Therapy Clinical Coordinator at TIRR Memorial Hermann The Woodlands.

Conflicts of Interest Disclosures

  • Financial: Lisa Sisk is employed by TIRR Memorial Hermann. Lisa Sisk is a Neuro IFRAH Instructor® and has a financial relationship to Neuro-IFRAH® Products.
  • Non-financial: None reported

Participant Requirements: Licensed Occupational or Physical Therapists, Licensed Occupational or Physical Therapy assistants. (Interested Physicians, Speech Pathologists, Registered Nurses and Recreational Therapists please contact the sponsor for other courses or special permission for attending parts or all of this course).

Saturday, November 21, 2015

TimeTopic & Activity
8:00 - 8:30amRegistration
8:30 - 10:15 amLecture and Lab
10:15 - 10:30 amBreak
10:30 am - 12:00 pmLab
12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLunch (provided)
1:00 - 2:45 pmLab
2:45 - 3:00 pmBreak
3:00 - 5:00 pmLab

Sunday, November 22, 2015

TimeTopic & Activity
8:30 - 10:15amLab
10:15 - 10:30 amBreak
10:30 am - 12:00 pmLab
12:00 - 1:00 pmLunch (provided)
1:00 - 2:45 pmLab
2:45 - 3:00 pmBreak
3:00 - 5:00 pmLab

Instructional Methods Used: Lecture, discussion, lab.

Course participants must complete any & all formal assessments, procedures, and criteria required for credit or certification. As per Memorial Hermann policy, participants must attend the entire course in order to receive CEUs and course certificate, no partial credits will be given.

OT Approved CE
Accredited Provider
The assignment of Texas PT CCU's does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.

OT: CE Provided thru NEURO IFRAH Organization. Successful completion of this course will result in up to 1.4 CEU’s and/or 14 contact hours with the AOTA. The assignment of AOTA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by the AOTA.

PT: Memorial Hermann Health System is TPTA Approved Provider of continuing education. This activity meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas for 14 CCUs.

Instructional Level: Introductory


Complete registration form and reservation fee are due to reserve your place in the course. Space is limited to 18 registrations. All fields required. Employees must use their Memorial Hermann email to receive employee price for the course. In the event of a course cancellation, participants will be notified via email & contact phone number on the registration form below. Registration fee includes: Access to course materials, snacks and lunch. Registration is limited to 18 attendees.


All fees will be refunded except for a $50 administrative charge if written notice of withdrawal is received 14 days prior to course start date to refunds will be granted after this date. If you register and do not attend, or do not fulfill the requirements of the class, your course fee will not be refunded.

Cancellation by the Sponsor/Instructor will result in a full refund of the tuition. Sponsor/Instructor is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by registrants. Sponsor has the right to replace advertised Instructor with another Neuro-IFRAH Instructor® without penalty.

Cancellation of the event by TIRR Memorial Hermann will result in a full refund of monies received. TIRR Memorial Hermann is not responsible for the refund of travel or hotel expenses under any circumstances. TIRR Memorial Hermann reserves the right to cancel or change any programs for due cause. In the event of a cancelation, participants will be notified via email and contact phone number submitted in the registration.

Other Information

Photos may be taken at this course, which may appear on MHHS social media, publications or other marketing needs.


Garage 6 (next door to TIRR Memorial Hermann); $12 per day

Conflicts of Interest and Disclosure

Policy & Procedures exist whereby all speakers must disclose any relationships which may cause a conflict of interest. Any relevant financial and non-financial relationships will be disclosed via speaker agreement, written notification after agreement, and prior to presentation.


Complaints of faculty and participants are handled with dignity and respect by the Course Coordinator and/or Director of Rehabilitation with resolution of the complaint communicated to all involved parties. All participants in Memorial Hermann Continuing Education Courses are entitled to an accessible, accommodating, and supportive teaching and learning environment.


Contact Rhonda Owens @(713) 797-7432 or email