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Canadian Activity-Based Therapy Expo 2020

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

7 – 9:30am PDT | 10am -12:30pm EDT

View a recording of the Canadian Activity-Based Therapy Expo 2020 from Tuesday, September 22. The expo was designed to share and exchange knowledge about activity-based therapy across Canada, and provide an opportunity for networking with others in this area of work.


A Canadian Activity Based Therapy (ABT) Summit was held in March 2019 with the aim of creating a Canadian ABT Strategy for spinal cord injury (SCI) and developing an action plan of priorities needed to advance the field and inform a five-year action plan.

Priorities identified at the ABT Summit included (~in order of shorter-term to longer-term vision):

  1. Identifying current ABT activities across the continuum (i.e. a ‘snapshot’ of the current state)
  2. Creating a network to facilitate dialogue between rehab/hospital and community groups
  3. Tracking engagement in ABT activities across the continuum (i.e. identifying a standardized tool/method for documentation)
  4. Development and Implementation of Best Practice Recommendations for ABT
  5. Study of optimal timing, methods and dose of ABT to promote desired outcomes

What is Activity-Based Therapy (ABT)?
“Therapeutic activities that involve ‘repetitive neuromuscular activation below the level of spinal injury, typically achieved through intensive, task-specific movement practice.’” Musselman et al. JNER 2018

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