The NeuroRecovery Mentorship Program is available to licensed physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, exercise physiologists (or comparable), and rehabilitative physicians who have satisfactorily completed the Introductory LT course for Adults and/or Pediatrics. The program is designed to immerse the therapist in the NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) clinic for 8 hours/day for a minimum of 1 and maximum of 4 weeks. This Mentorship Program is intended to equip the participant with the knowledge, skills, administrative and practice tools necessary to operate a NeuroRecovery Program and to promote a recovery-based pedagogical approach to therapy.
Participants will observe the clinical operations, clinical decision-making, and administrative and management strategies for providing locomotor training. This program requires successful completion of Introductory LT course for Adults and/or Pediatrics.
Advanced level course open to licensed physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, exercise physiologists (or comparable), and rehabilitative physicians who have completed Introductory LT course for Adults and/or Pediatrics.
1) Therapeutic Program Development
- Advanced observational skills necessary for optimal implementation of a pediatric therapeutic program.
- Develop clinical decision-making for treadmill environment, over ground, and home/community activities relative to Lcomotor Training (pLT) principles.
- Identify what makes a therapy session successful.
- Use the baseline and 20 session evaluations to set goals for pLT.
- Identify the next step (open door) for progress and tailor the therapy program around that next step.
- Via observation, develop the technical and leadership skills required to teach and lead the team of trainers.
- Via observation, apply principles of play and selection of appropriate play activities consistent with the therapeutic goals and child’s development (specific to pediatric program).
2) The Culture of Pediatric NeuroRecovery
- Develop an understanding of the culture in which the LT program is embedded; targeting recovery in a manner that includes communications with family on expectations (e.g. what does recovery look like across physiological domains) and developing a science background/talk with literature that meets each family at their level of understanding and desire to know
- Learn to communicate effectively with and assist parents/caregivers in understanding the program and the recovery process so they facilitate family/child engagement consistent with a child’s progress, know what to look for, what to share and how to adjust ‘next steps’ with each new ‘first’. (specific to pediatrics)
- Understand the breadth of the culture and its extension to program-associated professionals including Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Psychologists, and specialty physicians (e.g., cardiologist, pulmonologist, urologist, orthopedist)
- Advance Pediatric NRN evaluation methods, specifically Segmental Assessment of Trunk Control (SATCo) and Pediatric Neuromuscular Recovery Scale (NRS) (specific to pediatrics).
Pediatric or Adult Locomotor Training Skills and Coordination, Neuromuscular Recovery Scale.