Adaptive Exercise for Stroke Survivors

June 10, 2022 8:30am–3:00pm

This exciting workshop is being offered virtually for the first time! Join us online and learn how to design and implement a new fitness program or adapt an existing program to meet the needs of stroke survivors with mild-moderate impairments within your setting.

Program Objectives:

This practical, hands-on workshop will help you  learn about:

•designing a new fitness program or adapting an existing program to meet the needs of stroke survivors within your setting

•the possible impairments caused by stroke, and how these may affect ability to exercise

•how to safely implement exercise programs for stroke clients with mild to moderate impairments

•existing program models and resources available to instructors.

Based on the Ontario Stroke Network Recommended Guidelines for the Community-Based Exercise Programs for People with Stroke

Target Audience:

This workshop is intended for community and long term care exercise providers delivering exercise programs that include stroke survivors with mild-moderate impairments.  This includes, and is not limited to health promoters/trainers, kinesiologists, restorative care, recreational therapy, PTAs, and PTs.


Jacquie Levy, PT, Clinical Specialist Neuro- Sciences and Wendy Sarsons, PT are co-owners of Action Potential Rehabilitation, a community-based physiotherapy practice that focuses on adult and paediatric neurology and clients with complex rehabilitation needs.  Their special interests include the transition and reintegration of patients with multiple needs into the community and fitness programming for the disabled.  They provide physiotherapy consultation and teaching to community exercise programs for these clients in Ottawa including the Special Needs Branch of the City of Ottawa, the Aphasia Centre of Ottawa, and have been invited to sit on many committees and advisory groups. They have presented workshops on developing community exercise programs for stroke survivors across Ontario.