Occupational Therapist III Emory Rehabilitation Hospital Atlanta, Georgia
Spatial neglect is a disorder that frequently occurs after stroke.1 It is best defined as failure or slowness to attend, orient, and/or make movements towards a stimulus that is presented in the space contralateral to the brain lesion.2 Prism Adaptation Treatment (PAT) is one of the most promising therapeutic interventions for spatial neglect. The latest stroke rehabilitation guidelines from the American Heart/Stroke Association recommend PAT.3
In this instructional course, we will present facts on spatial neglect and its clinical impact. We will review the importance of measurement and especially using a comprehensive battery. The Kessler Foundation Neglect Assessment Process (KF-NAP),4-6 which is the process used to administer the Catherine Bergego Scale,7,8 will be shared to the attendees with updates from recent research. After the lecture, attendees will be introduced with the standardized scoring methods, using case video examples to showcase different levels of neglect severity and how to score each type.
In the second half of the course, we will focus on PAT. Specifically, we will introduce the Kessler Foundation Prism Adaptation Treatment (KF-PAT) protocol. The protocol is the product of our research work of the last decade.9-13 There will be a hands-on training session using the KF-PAT Portable Kit, to be completed in a small group format.
We intend to promote research-informed implementation of evidence-based practice. To do so, we will also share our experience in clinical implementation of both KF-NAP and KF-PAT.
Upon completion, participants will be able to describe the definition of spatial neglect.
Upon completion, participants will be able to describe the clinical impact of spatial neglect.
Upon completion, participants will be able to understand the potential benefit of using both the KF-NAP and KF-PAT.
Upon completion, participants will be able to describe the clinical implications of using KF-NAP and KF-PAT