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Student-run Occupational Therapy Stroke Clinic

Michelle Klein, MOT, OTR/L, is the clinic supervisor and Duana Russell-Thomas, OTD, OTR/L, and Pat Nellis, OTD, OTR/L, serve as mentors in the Student-run Occupational Therapy Stroke Clinic. Individuals who have suffered a stroke often receive inpatient medical care and rehabilitation at one of our partner organizations, Barnes-Jewish Hospital or The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis (TRISL). However, they may not either have insurance or if they do , they don’t have the benefits to receive outpatient services, so while they may be able to return to the community with the ability to perform self-care activities, they often struggle to participate in occupations they need and want to do to lead meaningful lives after stroke. The Student-run Occupational Therapy Stroke Clinic is designed to provide occupational therapy services to those individuals who have had a stroke, have no insurance or 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 OT in developing occupation-based treatments for individuals who have had a stroke or other disabilities. Students are expected to:

  • Attend weekly clinic sessions to provide occupational therapy services to community dwelling individuals who have experienced a 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
  • Complete a scholarly project either in a group or individually

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 stroke survivors
  • Experiential learning outcomes for student learners
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