When faced with a diagnosis of a brain tumor, individuals may question the rationale for rehabilitation or physical therapy intervention. Not all central nervous system cancers are life threatening which offers a myriad of opportunity for intervention. In the context of a life threatening diagnosis, rehabilitation can also prove invaluable. This course explores literature and clinical cases to help guide ethical clinical decision making. Discussions will explore care and barriers to care from perspectives of the patient, caregiver and healthcare professional. An appraisal of assessments tools, restorative approaches and supportive strategies is integrated within case review.
Meet our Speaker
Earllaine Croarkin, MPT, NCS Earllaine received a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Rutgers University in 1993. After working in a variety of clinical settings including acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities and outpatient clinics, she was employed by the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. She has continued to work there since 1996. She has participated as an Associate Investigator in clinical trials for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and National Cancer Institute. She has worked with a wide range of clients and has specialized in those with rare neurodegenerative and oncological disorders. She has served as faculty at the University of Michigan, Flint teaching online courses in the Neuroresidency program. She is a Board Certified Neurological Clinical Specialist recognized through the American Physical Therapy Association and certified in adult Neurodevelopmental treatment. Additionally, she has served on the APTA Oncology Section EDGE Task Force on Outcome Measures. Her efforts have led to peer-reviewed publications, presentations at national conferences and continuing education seminars.