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Translating the Science to Practice: Neuroplasticity and Motor Learning in Neurological Rehabilitation

Speaker: Jill Seale, PT, PhD, NCS

PT, PTA, OT, OTA, SLP, Nursing

Course Date: Saturday, July 8, 2017

Time: Registration at 7:30am, Course from 8:00-5:00 pm


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

Recommended Prerequisite Reading:

  1. Kleim, J.A., & Jones, T.A. (2008) Principles of experience-dependent neural plasticity: implications for rehabilitation after brain damage.Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 51, S225-S239. doi: 10.1044/1092-4388(2008/018)
  2. Page SJ, Gater DR, Bach-y-Rita P. Reconsidering the motor recovery plateau in stroke rehabilitation. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2004;85:1377-81.
  3. Download Handouts.
  4. Download Self Eval Self Reflection Activity
  5. Download Self Reflection 2 ML
  6. Download Master Manipulation Activity
  7. Download SLP Master Manipulation Activity
  8. Download 3 Factor Movement


Target Audience

PT, PTA, OT, OTA, SLP, Nursing. Clinicians looking to advance their clinical expertise in Neurological Rehabilitation related to neuroplasticity / motor control / motor learning.

Course Description

This course will provide a brief focused review of current literature of neuroplasticity and the clinical research demonstrating the occurrence of neuroplastic changes following injury. In this course, participants will review the models of motor learning along with the supporting and contradictory evidence related to each model. Current treatment approaches will be discussed in the light of the motor control and motor learning models. Pertinent evidence related to feedback, practice, motivation, attentional focus, and other contributors to motor learning will be discussed. This course will review the necessary ingredients to drive neuroplastic changes and offer practical examples of creating rehabilitation interventions integrate these into a plan of care that is evidence based to maximize recovery. Participants will have an opportunity to apply this knowledge through written and video case studies.

Conference Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Review of the concepts of neuroplasticity and its relationship to motor learning and recovery of function
  • Identify and understand historical and current motor learning theories/models
  • Examine supporting and contradictory evidence for each model
  • Apply motor learning models to clinical examples in current treatment approaches
  • Compare/contrast the motor learning approach to other past and current treatment approaches
  • Critically appraise current motor learning research
  • Identify the active ingredients necessary to drive neuroplasticity
  • Compare and contrast current standard of care with optimal rehabilitation as defined by literature
  • Integrate motor learning concepts into treatment planning with actual patient cases
  • Evaluate and revise treatment plans of care based on motor learning principles
  • Formulate treatment activities and plans of care that incorporate the concepts identified as critical for neuroplasticity

Assessment of Learning Objectives: Course evaluation.

Speaker Information

Jill Seale, PT, PhD, NCS

Jill Seale PT, PhD, NCSJill has been a licensed physical therapist for 20 years. She is a Neurologic Certified Specialist and has practiced almost exclusively in the field of Brain Injury and Stroke rehabilitation. Jill is an Associate Professor at Endicott College and received her PhD in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2010. She has a variety of teaching experiences, in physical therapy academia as well as in the health care community at large. She has provided both online and traditional onsite continuing education courses to therapists nationwide. She has taught and presented in the areas of neurological pathology, rehabilitation, gait, orthotics, and research, and is currently involved in clinical research in stroke rehabilitation, orthotic management, and gait analysis/rehabilitation.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest: 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.

Jill Seale, PT, PhD, NCS is a paid speaker for this course, including travel expenses. She received current grant support from the Texas Physical Therapy Foundation Grant for research: “The Relationship of Lower Limb Impairments and Gait Function in Individuals with Hemiparesis Following Stroke”, awarded November, 2013, her role as: Co-Principal Investigator.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

TimeTopic & Activity
7:30 - 8:00amRegistration & Light Refreshments
8:00 - 10:00am

Science of Neuroplasticity and Motor Learning

10:00 - 10:15amBreak
10:15am - 12:00pm

Current Practice / Compared with the Science

12:00 - 1:00pmLunch provided
1:00- 3:00pm

Applying the Science to Maximize Recovery

3:00 - 3:15pmBreak
3:15 - 4:45pm

Tangible Strategies for Improving Current Practice

4:45 - 5:00pmQ/A, Discussion, Course evaluation

Instructional Methods Used: Lecture, PowerPoint presentations



Course Materials:Registrants will receive course handouts 1 week prior to the course. Please print or download to use on your preferred electronic device. During the course, TIRR Memorial Hermann offers free WiFi to visitors under “MH-Guest”, however, we cannot ensure its connectivity.

Participants must attend the entire course in order to receive CEU’s/CCU’s and course certificate. No partial credits will be given.
Instructional Level: Intermediate

OT: Memorial Hermann Health System is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. This course is offered for 0.75 AOTA CEU’s. The assignment of AOTA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures from AOTA. OT Classification Code: OT Therapy Process-Intervention

PT: Memorial Hermann Health System is TPTA Approved Provider of continuing education. This course meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas for 7.5 CCUs.

SLP:Memorial Hermann Health System is an ASHA Approved Provider of continuing education- provider ID ABAF. This course is offered for 0.75 ASHA CEU’s. The assignment of ASHA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures from ASHA. ASHA Classification Code: 7020

Nursing: 7.5 CE contact hours will be provided.

Memorial Hermann Health System is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association - Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

OT Approved CE
TPTA 2017ASHAThis course is offered for 0.75 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area)


Course MHHS AttendeeNon-MHHS Employee
Any Course Day 1$75$175
Any 2 day course $150$325
Register for any 3 or more courses at the same timeReceive a $75 discountReceive a $75 discount
Register for all 8 courses at the same time (*other discounts no longer apply)Receive a $150 discount for registering for all 8 classes. Total price when registering for all 8 classes, with discount applied, is $825.Receive a $250 discount when registering for all 8 classes. Total Price when registering for all 8 classes, with discount applied, is $1900.

Discounts applied when you register for 3 course or more, or when you register for all 8 courses.
Discounts automatically applied as courses are selected on registration.

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Class Size:

Registration is open to 40 participants.

*Registration closes on July 5, 2017

MHHS employees must register with their MHHS email to receive the employee benefit.


Please refer to for information on parking. The closest parking is available in Garage 6 and is next to TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital.


Refunds will be granted if cancellation notice is received in writing no later than 14 calendar days prior to the course start date to If you register and do not attend, or do not fulfill the requirements of the class, your course fee will not be refunded. 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.

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