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Faculty Reviews: Functional Treatment Ideas & Strategies in Adult Hemiplegia (FTI)
“Functional Treatment Ideas is one of the best resources that I have seen for teaching physical therapy or occupational therapy students the necessary skills to treat a client with hemiplegia. The manual is well-organized, moving from evaluation and clinical reasoning to preparatory techniques and functional activities and the DVDs are an invaluable asset.
One common complaint that I hear from students is that they have a hard time picturing how a person with a neurological insult moves and reacts. Being able to watch Jan Davis interact with and treat "real" patients gives them insight into movement patterns and deficits, but also the ability to see how the interventions "work".
In a laboratory experience we try to have our students "watch, do, and feel" so that they can learn by observation, direct activity, and by somatosensory input. The pause and practice features fits in extraordinarily well with this philosophy.
The worksheets allow the students to practice clinical reasoning skills outside of the classroom or lab setting. It really hones in their observation skills. I am so excited about the opportunity to share this resource with my students. I know they will find it a valuable resource for learning and developing their clinical reasoning and manual skills.”
Lois Stickley, PT, PhD
Assistant Program Director, Physical Therapy Program
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
“The Functional Treatment Ideas series offers approaches to clinical reasoning, using an NDT framework. It allows the students to start thinking more like practitioners, while retaining the same very client-centered approach of the earlier series.
The videos very successfully demonstrate how to incorporate motor learning concepts with NDT, which I greatly appreciate. Again, the preparatory activities are beautifully demonstrated and explained thoroughly by the printed manual.
The videos are very well organized to allow the student to practice the demonstrated techniques in a logical sequence. Even better, the footage of purposeful (functional) activities wonderfully illustrates the application of NDT and motor learning for real people in real-life situations. These segments truly get the students thinking more clearly about the vast therapeutic possibilities of ordinary activities.
I love that these videos not only teach about the processes involved in using NDT, but also about the process of occupational therapy itself. Bravo and many thanks to all of you for doing such fine work!”
Eve Fischberg, OTR/L
Clinical Coordinator, Assistant Professor
Lincoln Land Community College
“I love using this series in class!
This last spring the students were very pleased with the workbook and videos. Several of the students have commented to me that they are referring to them quite frequently now that they are on their fieldwork rotations and are really reaping the benefits now that they have some “real” patients to relate the information too.
During our neuro class I had them go through the workbook and watch the videos on their own with some attempts to “try” the lab info during this process. The point of them “trying” it without me was to ensure that they would come to class/lab with questions. I utilized class time to work through the lab pieces in small groups and have them brainstorm other functional treatment ideas based on some case studies I presented that were not included in the videos.”
Christy M. Fellers, OTD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator of Occupational Therapy
“I am currently using this book for my Theories in Motor Learning lab where students actually apply treatment techniques to patients with abnormal tone. We watch the video clips, go over the worksheets and practice some of the techniques in lab. At the end of the course, I have a comprehensive practical, where the student has to design and implement a treatment session using a case study. This is where I can really see if they are able to utilize some of the techniques taught in the course on a patient. It is a way I can gauge how they will do on fieldwork.
I have also used your video segments on tests and have the students analyze the upper extremity and then comment on what they observed going on. It is a nice way to have them integrate what they learned. The students purchase the book for my class and many have commented that they find it very helpful. They can watch the DVD over and over again, as needed, and have referred to it during fieldwork."
Cristy Daniel, MS, OTR/L
Assistant Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
College of Saint Mary