ASHT Hand Therapy Review Course – April 11-13

Washington University School of Medicine is hosting the 2014 American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) Comprehensive Survey of Hand Therapy Review Course April 11-13. The course descriptions and objectives of this three-day event are:

Friday, April 11 (Pre-course)

Foundational Science of the Upper Extremity:
An Anatomy and Kinesiology Review

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Nora Barrett OTR/L, CHT, Susanne Higgins, MHS, OTR, CHT, Vicki Kaskutas, OTD, MHS, OT/L, (pictured right), and
Rachel Pigott, OTR/ L, CHT

Course Description
A working knowledge of the anatomy and kinesiology of the upper extremity provides a solid foundation for therapeutic evaluation and intervention. Using classroom and cadaver lab components, this pre-course will review the anatomy and biomechanics of each joint, examine the brachial plexus and innervation patterns of the arm and hand, and allow for guided dissection using formalin-fixed cadaveric specimens.



  1. To review the foundational science concepts which inform effective clinical decision-making and practice in upper extremity rehabilitation.
  2. To examine the biomechanical aspects of normal and abnormal motion as influenced by the musculoskeletal system of the upper extremity.
  3. To provide an opportunity for kinesthetic learning through examination of cadaveric specimens.

Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13
Comprehensive Survey of Hand Therapy Review Course
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Nora Barrett, OTR/L, CHT, Valeri Calhoun, OTR/ L, CHT, Susanne Higgins, MHS, OTR, CHT, Rachel Pigott, OTR/ L, CHT, Rhonda Powell, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, and Rebecca von der Heyde, PhD, OTR/L, CHT

Course Description
This course is designed to provide a comprehensive review of the evaluation and intervention processes pursued for typical diagnoses in upper extremity rehabilitation. Advanced clinicians will employ fundamental concepts, clinical reasoning, and evidence to provide a multi-faceted approach to the hand therapy process. Adjunctive methods for intervention will be analyzed as a means to facilitate outcomes and expert panels will be offered throughout the weekend to allow a high level of attendee-faculty interaction via case discussion.


  1. To provide a comprehensive review of hand therapy practice with particular focus on clinical reasoning, case discussion, and evidence-based practice.
  2. To create an opportunity for active learning and application of hand therapy principles to facilitate retention of presented information.
  3. To offer a structured approach to the study of upper extremity rehabilitation that may serve as a means to prepare for the certified hand therapist exam.

Space is limited and registration is required. To register, please visit:

Instructors Nora Barrett, OTR/L, CHT, Rhonda Powell, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, and Rebecca von der Heyde, PhD, OTR/L, CHT, are graduates of the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine.

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