This AOTA Approved 5-hour course includes presentations, video lessons, and handouts and is Part 1 of the 2-part course Improving Upper Extremity Motor Recovery Following Neurological Injury. Upon completion of both parts of this course, you will be trained to use Saebo’s Functional Dynamic Orthoses on patients that have had a neurological injury. Upon completion of the lecture course, you will be awarded 0.5 AOTA approved CEUs, equal to 5 hours (5 NBCOT PDUs) of continuing education. Please note: this course must be completed in its entirety in 90 days to receive full credit. This innovative course offers practical experience and training which will enable you to incorporate the evidence-based treatment approaches for UE neurological rehabilitation for appropriate clients. The course will review research findings related to the treatment of the hemiparetic UE, teach you to identify which patients will benefit despite their diagnosis, teach you how to correctly fit and adjust the Orthoses, as well as teach you to establish patient-specific treatment plans that can be immediately incorporated into clinical and home practice settings. This introductory CEU course is intended for medical professionals (e.g. OT/OTA, PT/PTA, Physicians, Orthotists) directly related to the rehabilitation of a patient or client. To participate in this CEU and receive credit, the participant must be a licensed, treating clinician.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • Introduction

    • Download Course Handouts - U.S & Canada

    • Objectives

    • Before we begin...

  • 2

    1. NeuroRehab Advances

    • Neurorehabilitation Research

  • 3

    2. Assessment

    • Assessing for the SaeboFlex/SaeboReach

  • 4

    3. Measurements

    • How To Measure for the SaeboFlex and SaeboReach

    • How to Choose the Correct Digit Cap Size

  • 5

    4. SaeboFlex Fitting

    • Fitting #1 - Severe Impairment

    • Fitting #2 - Mild Impairment

  • 6

    5. SaeboReach Fitting

    • SaeboReach Fitting

  • 7

    6. SaeboStretch Fitting

    • SaeboStretch Fitting

  • 8

    7. Fitting Case Studies

    • Fitting Case Studies

  • 9

    8. Extra Fitting Tips

    • Fitting Tips and Tricks

    • Thumb Strap #1 Technique - Hyperflexion of MCP

    • Thumb Strap #2 Technique - MCP Hyperextension

    • Thumb Strap #3 Technique - MCP Instability

    • Thumb Lead Mount - Securing with a 2nd Screw

    • Wide Hands - Bending the Thumb Mount

    • Digit Cap - Padding for Comfort or Size

    • Digit Cap - Removal and Installation On A Custom Device

    • Digit Cap - Applying the Strap

    • Bead Lines - Prevent Your Bead Lines From Tangling

    • Bead Lines - How To Trim Length

    • Lead Mount - Securing with 2nd Screw

    • Finger Deviation - Bi-Pull Technique

    • Differing Spasticity Levels - Attaching Two Springs to your SaeboFlex

  • 10

    9-1. The Saebo Arm Training Program

    • Saebo Arm Training Program

    • Getting Started - Treatment Video

  • 11

    9-2. Sample Treatment Videos - Lower Level

    • Table Height - "Crate Left" (Standing)

    • Table Height - "Crate Right" (Standing)

    • Shoulder - Abduction (Standing)

    • Shoulder - Flexion and Adduction (Seated)

    • Elbow - Flexion (Seated)

    • Shoulder - Forward Flexion (Seated)

    • Shoulder - Multi-directional (Standing)

    • Shoulder - External Rotation (Standing)

    • Shoulder - Extension #1 (Standing)

    • Shoulder - Extension #2 (Standing)

    • Elbow - Flexion (Standing)

  • 12

    9-3. Sample Treatment Videos - High Level

    • Shoulder - Forward Flexion

    • Shoulder - Horizontal Abduction

    • Shoulder - Horizontal Adduction

    • Shoulder - Horizontal Adduction with Elbow Extension

    • Shoulder - Multi-Directional

    • Shoulder - Multi-Directional Figure-8

    • Shoulder Multi-Directional - Five Ball Peg Activity

    • Shoulder 2-Step - External Rotation and Shoulder Flexion

    • Shoulder 2-Step - External Rotation and Elbow Extension

    • Elbow - Flexion Up To Mouth

    • Elbow - Flexion And Drop In 16" Tube

    • Supination on Multi-Purpose Exercise Device

    • UE - Stability Drill Low Height

    • UE - Stability Drill High Height

    • UE - Stability Drill High Height Through Target Ring

    • Elbow - Supination and Flexion With Water Bottle

    • Timing and Coordination Drill

    • Combined UE and LE Exercise

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    9-4. Sample Treatment Videos - Functional IADL Training

    • Functional Training with the SaeboFlex/SaeboReach

    • Refrigerator - Removing Items

    • Refrigerator - Adding Items

    • Dishwasher - Load

    • Phone - Answer & Hang Up

    • Sweeping - Hand Brush And Dust Pan

    • Fork - Stab Food & Bring To Mouth

    • Spatula - Flipping Food Over

    • Cup - Grab, Bring To Mouth, Set On Table

    • Serving Spoon - Scooping and Transferring

    • Cabinet - Grab & Place On High Shelf

  • 14

    10. Documents

    • Technical Support

    • Patient Home Program

    • Treatment Tips

  • 15

    11. Sample Goal Writing

    • Sample Goal Writing

  • 16

    (Part 1) Complete Lecture Portion - 5 CEUs

    • Congratulations!

    • Lecture Quiz

    • Saebo Products

    • Course Feedback Survey

  • 17

    (Part 2) Start Lab Portion - 3 CEUs

    • Steps to continue with the course


  • Identify common upper-extremity impairments following a stroke

  • Demonstrate awareness of current research evidence for common treatment strategies for the upper hemiparetic limb

  • Describe the principles of Saebo’s Functional Dynamic Orthoses (SaeboFlex and SaeboReach) and the Saebo Arm Training Program

  • Describe the principles of the SaeboStretch resting hand splint

  • Identify the components that make up Saebo’s Orthoses

  • Perform a clinical evaluation of the hemiparetic upper extremity for the appropriateness of the Orthoses

  • Complete the fitting procedure for the Saebo Orthoses

  • Develop a patient-specific Saebo Arm Training treatment planir

  • Describe how to incorporate the Orthoses and Saebo Arm Training principles into your current treatment practir


  • Pre Study: Plan to read the course materials, references and review the post-test before listening to the audio (allow 30 minutes for these study tasks).

  • Recorded (Self Study – 5 hour Agenda): • Overview of stroke, stroke statistics, and common UE neurological impairments. • Review of evidence based UE neurological rehabilitation. • Introduction to Saebo’s Dynamic Functional Orthoses (SaeboFlex/SaeboReach) and how they work. • Clinical evaluation of the UE to assess appropriateness for Saebo Orthoses. • Measuring for Saebo Orthoses. • Review SaeboFlex, SaeboReach, and SaeboStretch fitting procedures. • Case Studies and Troubleshooting. • Arm Training Program treatment and principles

  • Lab Section (Homework – 2 hour Agenda): Registrants will have the opportunity to personally fit and treat their clients with the SaeboFlex/SaeboReach/SaeboStretch as part of the educational experience. Saebo will provide a free loaner device to practice with during the lab section. Registrants will be required to successfully assess, measure, fit, and treat an appropriate client as part of the course requirements. Registrants must have access to neurological patients.

  • Post Test: Research, identify, and submit your post-test answers (allow 30 minutes for these completion tasks).


  • Cancellations

    If Saebo decides to cancel this course, for whatever reason, a notification will be sent to the original email used for participation in this course. If the participant would like to cancel their participation, please provide a short email to [email protected] and you will be removed from the course.

  • Extra Accommodations

    Please provide extra accommodation requests via email to [email protected] explaining what you require to participate in the course(s) of your choosing. We will do our best to accommodate you if given a substantial amount of time prior to participation.