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Occupational Therapy Stroke Clinic

Due to lack of private insurance, people with stroke may receive pro bono medical care at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and inpatient services at The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis (TRISL), but may not receive any, or severely curtailed, outpatient services. Under-insured patients may return to the community with the ability to perform self-care activities, but struggle to perform occupations that they need and want to do to support their daily lives. The Occupational Therapy Stroke Clinic is designed to provide occupational therapy services to those individuals who have had a stroke, have no insurance benefits to cover outpatient treatment and need therapy to improve occupational performance.


General Description of Student Activities

Students selecting this scholarly experience will assist a licensed occupational therapist in developing occupation-based treatments for individuals who have had a stroke or other disabilities, but lack health insurance for rehabilitation services. Students are expected to:

  • Attend weekly clinic treatment sessions to provide occupational therapy treatment to individuals who have experienced a stroke. (Occupational Therapy Stroke Clinic times are selected based on the student’s schedule.)
  • Perform standardized assessments and evaluations for clinic participants
  • Develop and implement evidence-based and performance-based occupational therapy treatments for individuals participating in the clinic

This scholarly experience provides students with the ability to interact with clients and develop occupational therapy treatments for individuals who have had a stroke or other disabilities. It is a hands-on experience that allows the student to practice and enhance assessment skills and become more proficient in the treatment planning process.

Each student will also complete a scholarly project either in a group (MSOT or OTD) or individually (OTD).

Examples of Projects

  • Development of a mirror therapy protocol: Translating evidence into practice
  • Development of a training program to increase student clinician competency when communicating with people with aphasia
  • Mental practice for motor recovery in stroke
  • Participation outcomes for individuals with stroke in a student-run free clinic
  • Adapted golf program for adults post-stroke

Clinic Supervisors

Meghan Doherty, MSOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Phone: 314-286-1615
dohertyme@wustl.edu

Duana Russell-Thomas, OTD, OTR/L
Clinical Specialist
Phone: 314-286-1625
duanarussell@wustl.edu

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