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Using FUEL Levels to Describe and Predict Upper Extremity Recovery Post-Stroke

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Using FUEL Levels to Describe and Predict Upper Extremity Recovery Post-Stroke

Wednesday, November 9, 2023
7 pm (CT) | 8pm (ET)
$20 | 1.0 Contact Hour, 0.10 CEUs

Educational level: Introductory

Category 1: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery 
Category 3:  Foundational Knowledge

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Occupational therapy professionals working in stroke rehabilitation are often faced with challenges in describing the upper extremity function post-stroke in an manner that supports occupation-based intervention. Novice and seasoned professionals may also face challenges in creating goals that are achievable within the time frames often dictated by a payer source. This course will review the evidence-based Functional Upper Extremity Levels (FUEL Levels) system of classifying, describing, and predicting motor recovery post stroke. Professionals will explore opportunities to use the FUEL system to promote the engagement of the impaired upper extremity in client-centered and occupation-based intervention at all levels and stages of recovery.  

Target Audience: Occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, occupational therapy students

This occupational therapy continuing education course uses the following instructional methods: visual aides (ie slides), discussion board, guided note taking, and learning, and practice opportunities.

Content disclosure: This course does not exclusively focus on any specific product or service.

Presented by:
Melissa Kimmerling EdD, MOT, OTR/L,
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BENEFITS OF THIS COURSE: After completing this course participants will be able to:
  • Describe the FUEL level classification system.  .
  • Describe how the FUEL tool can be used in both top-down and bottom-up evaluation approaches
  • List occupation-based treatment ideas for each FUEL level. 
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Course approval ID# 07870 
This Distance Learning-Interactive course is offered at 0.10CEUs (Introductory level, OT Service Delivery, Foundational Knowledge)
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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Instructor bioS
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Melissa Kimmerling EdD, MOT, OTR/L,
Aspire OT Instructor

 Dr. Melissa Kimmerling EdD, MOT, OTR/L is the Program Director for the Master of Occupational Therapy Program at NMC. Dr. Kimmerling has clinical experience in acute care, rehabilitation, skilled nursing, outpatient, and home health. She is the elected Vice President of Policy and Advocacy for the Nebraska Occupational Therapy Association (NBCOT). Dr. Kimmerling serves as the Ambassador from the State of Nebraska to the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Dr. Kimmerling has presented her practice research locally, regionally, and nationally and has also been a speaker for community-based organizations. Dr. Kimmerling holds her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and her Doctorate in Health Professions Education from the College of Saint Mary. Dr. Kimmerling spent three years in full time academic appointment for College of Saint Mary prior to moving into the consulting role and then Program Director role for NMC, where she has been since 2014. Dr. Kimmerling is also certified in LSVT-BIG Parkinson’s Protocol, certified and licensed in Physical Agent Modalities, and Certified in Kinesiotaping. She is the mother to a child with autism.


Financial: Melissa is compensated as an Aspire OT instructor. 
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Purchase a subscription for only $49 more to have this course and 24.5 hours of additional CEs! 

Course Outline

  0 - 7 minutes

  8-17 minutes 

18-35 minutes

36-50 minutes

51-55 minutes

56-60 minutes

Introduction and Objectives 

Review of FUEL Levels and related evidence, Credit to creators of FUEL

Case Examples- All FUEL Levels

Participant case study activity

Case study discussion

Completion Requirements
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In order to receive the certificate of completion, participants must meet ALL of the following criteria:
  • Payment of the course in full
  • Attend webinar in its entirety
  • Complete Attestation of Attendance
  • View course videos in entirety
  • Pass the course exam with a score of 70% or greater
  • Complete the Post Course Evaluation
Please note that no credit or certificate will be issued unless all criteria is met.  Partial credit will not be issued.  
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