Finding your path and
building your skills
in the neuro world.
New to Neuro
Whether you work in a neuro setting or only see neuro patients occasionally New to Neuro's mission is to help you get the skills you need so you can help your patients.
Because our OT education teaches broadly about so many different areas of practice, it often leaves therapists feeling uncertain and desiring more practical skills.
So, many therapists do what they have been taught to do, which is dig into the research to look for evidence-based treatments. Here's what we hear about that:
"Combing through research makes me feel even more doubtful about what treatments to use?!"
Because there is often a gap between even the best research...
and how to practically apply it to the very real, unique patient in front of you.
It will tell you how to setup the e-stim machine, but not how to problem solve when it's not working the way you want it to.
It doesn't help you know when to keep going with that intervention or if it's time to switch to something new or if it's time for discharge.
Research is vital. But it's not enough. It's missing the lived experiences of therapists who've practiced that skill for years on a variety of different patients.
Which is why every new therapist needs and deserves a mentor, support from a therapist who's been there.
Sadly, not enough employers offer mentorship or even time to connect with more experienced therapists.
New to Neuro OT Mentoring
helps bridge the gap.
By combining evidence, experience, & patient problem solving
you learn real skills for your real patients.
You bring your current patients with you in your mind (HIPAA compliant, no doubt), and we talk through the literal steps for walking them through neuro rehab tools like Mental Imagery or....
how to truly modify Constraint Induced Movement Therapy for their level of arm movement, into actual 45 minute sessions
deciding which weight bearing positions are good for your patient's goals & how to help them get into those functional positions
In mentoring sessions, you'll share about your patients, and we talk about how to apply these skills with their unique needs in mind, like cognitive and visual problems...
using a decision tree to tell if they have visual neglect or a visual field cut and interventions to improve functioning for both,
how to set micro-goals and use strategies to improve their attention for getting dressed or their accuracy with money management
You can try those skills with your patient and then come back the next week to talk about how it went. What went well, what didn't? Let's talk about how to adjust the treatment.
"I cannot say thank you enough for everything you have taught me these past few months. I have learned so much about Neuro rehab, as well as other life lessons.
I really appreciate your educational approach and how you took the time to rephrase or readjust explanations to fit my learning needs."
— Brooke Spencer - Once a fieldwork student, now a mentee