NDT Training | By: Jenn Vincent


February 21, 2014

  • A Day In The Life
  • On January 22nd, RehabCare hosted a Neuro-Development Treatment Training (NDT) at Kindred Nursing and Rehab – Woodland in Elizabethtown, KY. The course was instructed by Clinical Performance Specialist, Vienna Lafrenz, OT/L who provided RehabCare therapists with an extensive five hour onsite training. While the course was offered to our therapists, our own OT Clinical Internship Student, Karen Hill was able to attend the training.

    Karen is an OTA who is enrolled in the OT bridge program at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. She is currently completing one of her Level II fieldworks with RehabCare at the Kindred Nursing and Rehab – Woodland facility. I was fortunate to get a glimpse into Karen’s experience during our one on one interview about the NDT Training.

    What did you most enjoy about the NDT Training?

    A: The training was very hand-on and the instructor was very open to answering questions over and over again and demonstrating as many times as we needed her to.

    What does it mean to have a company provide you with these opportunities during your fieldwork?

    A: It is a huge plus. We are able to use our fieldwork experience as continuing education while we are in school, so a company that allows their students to attend these types of trainings during my rotation helps me tremendously; financially and educationally. It allows me to be exposed to additional training without the cost, which is huge when you are a student.

    What did you learn most about during the training that you can apply to your patient care?

    A: We’ve already implemented so many techniques from the training to our stoke patients. I do not have one specific thing that I learned the most about, but I loved that we could already implement what we learned into our patient care and then I can take all of the written material with me and utilize after my fieldwork experience is over.

    Were you able to share the information you learned from the training to your instructor or class?

    A: Yes, I was able to share some of the new treatment techniques with my professors and students on our private Facebook page that was set up for me and my classmates, along with providing this information for discussion through our Blackboard portal. My classmates were very excited to hear about the additional training that I’ve received so far from my experience and it was very rewarding to be able to share that with them as well.

    How have you enjoyed your fieldwork experience with RehabCare?

    A: I began my clinical on January 6th and it has been wonderful so far. The team is extremely helpful and always answers any questions that I have. I enjoy seeing the shared knowledge through all disciplines and the willingness from the team to help each discipline work together. Being an OTA, I’ve worked in skilled nursing settings where the atmosphere is completely different and since being at Kindred Nursing and Rehab – Woodland, getting to see the cohesiveness between all of the staff is very rewarding and brings so much value to everyone.

    Karen will finish her fieldwork experience at Kindred Nursing and Rehab – Woodland on March 28th and then will be completing her second fieldwork at another RehabCare site, Christian Care of Louisville in April. She is expected to graduate this August. We are so excited to be providing Karen with not one, but TWO fieldwork opportunities within our company and be able to watch her progress through her education.

    Picture (from left to right) Vienna Lafrenz, OTR/L Clinical Performance Specialist; Karen Hill, OT student, Wynna Bryant, Rehab Program Director; Jewell Shope, Area Director of Operations – West Region


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