Brian Harris

Brian Harris, MA, MT-BC, NMT/F
Neurologic Music Therapist Fellow
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Lou Awad, PT, DPT, PhD
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Boston University

Abigail Spaulding, PT, DPT, NCS
Physical Therapist
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Rhythm & The Motor System: New Opportunities For Gait Training IC3


DAY Friday 12 April 2019

TIME 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

FORMAT 4-hours instructional course, Hands-on Workshop

ROOM LOCATION  to be determined

TOPIC AREAS Arts & Neuroscience, Stroke, Neuroplasticity

CAREER LEVEL  Introductory



Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Neurologic Music Therapists, Physicians, Researchers


Course Description

Cutting-edge research in rhythm perception and production has shown that rhythm can have a profound impact on the human motor system.  This research has been translated into a clinical intervention termed, Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation (RAS).  Through clinical research, RAS has been shown to improve functional outcomes in gait across neurologic injury and disease, including stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Cerebral Palsy.  This course will use lecture, breakout sessions, and case examples to present an overview of biomechanics, the neuroscience foundation and clinical research supporting the application of Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation across neurologic diagnoses along with future directions.  The presenters will discuss how this can be clinically implemented across settings and participants will learn tangible skills to utilize during gait training with their own patients.



Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify neural mechanisms indicated in rhythmic entrainment and impact on neuroplasticity.
  2. Understand the use of Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation for multiple diagnoses in neurorehabilitation.
  3. Understand where RAS fits into gait training rehabilitation and able to incorporate principles into own practice.


CME/CEUS 4 Hours

ACRM Training Institute registration includes CME/CEUs for the following disciplines:

  • Case Managers (CCMC)
  • Disability Management Specialists (CDMS)
  • Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
  • Nurses (ANCC)
  • Occupational Therapists (AOTA)
  • Physical Therapists (FSBPT-24 states)
  • Physicians (ACCME-CME)
  • Psychologists (APA Division 22)
  • Rehabilitation Counselors (CRCC)
  • Social Workers (NASW)
  • Speech Therapists (ASHA)


4 hours of live instruction, continuing education credit processing, access to presentation slides (if provided by presenters), NON-ACRM members receive introductory 6- month membership.



Early Bird rate $49 for members and $99 for non-members      and that includes CME / CEU processing. See the rate tables here.

We encourage you to register early      before tickets are gone. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Limited space available


6 + 10 =

The secret sauce for your career


Discounted for ACRM members, the ACRM Spring Meeting offers instructional courses with continuing education credits in your choice of up to 11 disciplines.

Jump in, get involved, meet and work with ACRM members face-to-face in a casual setting. This event is all about getting research into practice in a supercharged atmosphere and a friendly, collaborative, and inspiring environment.


28+ instructional courses. Scroll + see the agenda…

The ACRM Spring Meeting is a venue for face-to-face collaborating of many interdisciplinary ACRM community groups and committees — the heart of ACRM. Come find your tribe and become a member of the vibrant ACRM community.


Ridiculously inexpensive? Yep. That’s because we believe in getting the research to practice ASAP. And we think that having a low-cost to attend is a good way to do that.

Early Bird rates are as low as $49 for members and $99 for non-members — and that includes CME / CEU processing. Are you kidding me?!? Nope. See the rate tables here.

We encourage you to register early — before tickets are gone. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.


You’re our people

ACRM attendees are all kinds of rehabilitation professionals — from researchers to clinicians (including
doctors, nurses, PT assistants, hospital administrators to name just a few) to consumers, family, caregivers, and
more. Everyone is invited and warmly welcomed at ACRM.

They span a wide spectrum of experience from students to well-seasoned pros and hail from the largest
rehabilitation institutions and universities to one-person solopreneurs.
Attendees at previous ACRM events include designers, art directors, and production staff from hundreds of
institutions, companies, and universities from all around the world, including:



This place is beautiful. The Hilton Chicago is the optimum headquarters with superb onsite amenities + easy access to the best of Chicago.

  • SAVE TIME — staying right in the ACTION the ultimate venue for efficient collaboration
  • SAVE MONEY — book your room through ACRM and SAVE
  • CONVENIENCE — you are only an elevator ride away from courses and meeting and located right on the famed Michigan avenue — smack in the middle of city hotspots — Grant Park, museums, Navy Pier, and more
  • HEALTH CLUB — on the 8th floor, it’s the largest hotel gym in Chicago with indoor pool and hot tub an indoor running track, strength training and cardio equipment, Synergy 360, and sundeck with views of the Chicago skyline.
  • HHONORS Club — join the Hilton Honors through the ACRM Fast Track to GOLD program and get EXTRA points and all the cool member benefits including digital check-in.
  • Get the HHONORS APP — TIP: It’s really VERY handy

BOOK NOW to enjoy the SAVINGS and CONVENIENCE of staying on-site at the headquarters hotel.

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Space is limited. So lock in your seat and REGISTER TODAY >>