What are the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?, Case Studies Presentation

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Assignment 2: LASA 1: Case Studies Presentation

By Wednesday, June 15, 2016,
create a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation to educate a group of
medical students participating in their grand rounds. There should be at
least ten slides in your Microsoft PowerPoint as well as a title slide
and a slide listing all your sources for creating this slideshow. You
should also create speaker notes for each slide of your presentation,
which include the main talking points for the topic addressed on the
slide. Save the presentation as
AU_PSY350_M3_A2_LastName_FirstInitial.ppt. Submit your assignment to the
M3 Assignment 2 LASA 1 Dropbox.

In order to create your slideshow, review the two case studies and then answer the questions following each case study:

Case Study 1: Isaac is a
fifty-nine-year-old man. Several months ago, he noticed a slight tremor
in his hands. He assumed this to be a normal consequence of aging. The
tremor, however, gradually worsened, along with some muscular stiffness
and slowness in initiating movement. The tremor was more pronounced when
he was not voluntarily moving. Isaac was referred to a neurologist, who
diagnosed him with Parkinson’s disease. After visiting the neurologist,
Isaac and his family ask you to further explain this disorder. Isaac
also asks about L-dopa as a treatment—the neurologist had mentioned
L-dopa as an effective medication but had instead prescribed selegiline:

  • What are the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?
  • What are the possible
    causes? Be sure to discuss both hereditary and environmental factors
    thought to contribute to this disease.
  • What parts of the brain does this disease affect?
  • Why do you think the neurologist prescribed selegiline instead of L-dopa?

Case Study 2: Sabrina is a
twenty-seven-year-old woman who recently underwent a corpus callosotomy.
Initially after surgery, when given a verbal command, Sabrina
demonstrated marked apraxia of the left hand. However, the extent of
this issue diminished over time. Answer the following questions about
this client:

  • What disorder was most likely being treated by this operation, and how is the surgery performed?
  • In what way is the surgery expected to help Sabrina?
  • What are the risks and
    benefits of the surgery? Compare these to the risks and benefits of an
    alternative treatment. If the decision were yours, which would you
    recommend? Explain your decision.
  • What was the cause of the apraxia?
  • What does the reduction in apraxia symptoms tell us about hemispheric specialization?

Click here
to follow tips on creating a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. For
this assignment and all Dropbox assignments, you are required to cite,
at a minimum, the online course and the textbook for the course.
Additional sources are welcome. Scholarly sources are preferred and can
be found in the Argosy University online library. For reputable web
sources, look for .gov or .edu sites as opposed to .com sites. Do not
use Wikipedia.

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria

Maximum Points

Described the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Discussed what parts of the brain this disease affects.


Discussed hereditary and environmental factors thought to contribute to Parkinson’s disease.


Analyzed the reasons why selegiline was prescribed instead of L-dopa.


the disorder being treated by the corpus callosotomy and how the
surgery is performed. Explained how the surgery will help Sabrina.


Analyzed the risks and benefits of the surgery and an alternative treatment and explained your recommendation.


Explained the cause of the apraxia.


Analyzed what the reduction in apraxia symptoms reveals about hemispheric specialization.


Used standard presentation components.




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