National Rehabilitation Week

20 of Our Top Resources for Rehabilitation Professionals


The National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation (NRAF) recognizes the third week of September as National Rehabilitation Awareness Week. This week serves as a time to highlight the importance of the work done by dedicated rehabilitation professionals like you. Each patient has their own unique challenges, and you rise to the challenge of effectively customizing treatment plans that not only meet them where they’re at, but also help them reach their goals.

Most people will at some point in their lives require the assistance of a physical therapist, occupational therapist, or speech-language pathologist. Your work provides immeasurable physical and mental benefits: helping people regain movement or independence, return to an activity they love, recover from a major injury, and so much more.

It can’t be stated enough: rehabilitation services strengthen and lengthen lives.

There are many ways to celebrate rehabilitation professionals this week. Here are a few:

  1. Showcase your hard work on social media (don’t be afraid to shout-out a colleague!)
  2. Honor a colleague with a compliment
  3. Add to your professional toolbox with the resources below
  4. Spread the word – share these resources with another professional who could add them to their practice

At PESI Rehab, we recognize the invaluable work done by physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists and strive to provide you with accurate and evidence-based information so you can excel in your field of expertise. Our abundance of resources can help you provide the best care for your clients and community. To help you celebrate National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, we’ve compiled 20 of our favorite resources, including educational videos, blogs, infographics, courses, and certification trainings.
FREE Video: Anterior Pelvic Tilt: GENTLE Stretches That Get IMMEDIATE Results
In this 20-minute training, Dr. Jerry Hesch demonstrates the application of the Hesch Method, a contemporary alternative to the traditional model of treating SIJ Dysfunction. This logical, integrative system quickly and efficiently improves patient outcomes.

FREE Infographic: The Dementia Tool All Care Providers Should Have
Dementia Tip of the Iceberg Infographic
Dr. Edward Shaw’s wife Rebecca was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease when she was just 53 years old. He cared for her for nine heartbreaking years until she passed in 2016. He intimately knows the challenges of being a caregiver for a loved one in cognitive decline.

That’s why he wants you to have this free, downloadable infographic that you can review, print out, laminate and keep — as well as share with others at your clinical site.
Blog: Neuroplasticity through Exercise for Fall Prevention
10 Rules of Neuroplasticity Infographic
When you have a client that is losing balance, you need to implement targeted training for positive neuroplasticity. By implementing these crucial components into your training protocol, you can help them improve their LIVES, and secondarily, reduce their risk of falling. Learn more from Shelly Denes, PT, CFPS, C/NDT, and download a free infographic: 10 Rules of Neuroplasticity.
FREE Video: Impacts of Aging on Running Performance
Injuries are common, particularly in runners who are aging or overtraining.

And runners don’t want to take breaks; running gives them that legendary runners’ high, great health benefits, and an amazing workout in a short amount of time. Plus, running helps them handle life’s many stressors.

When your runners are injured, though, it can be both physically and emotionally devastating. It’s time to fine tune your skillset. Help these runners continue running for life with strategies from Dr. Bill Pierce and Dr. Scott Murr.

FREE Video: Evaluate How Vision Deficits Impact Functional Skills
When your patient has a neurological impairment, visual deficits often go hand in hand. Though these issues may be subtle, they can significantly impact a patient's ability to participate in their rehabilitation program.

Dizziness, unsteady walking or drifting to one side, head tilt, anxiety while walking through crowds, headaches...

That's why we made this FREE short video filled with valuable tools and strategies to evaluate how vision impacts functional skills.

Watch as Sandra Stalemo, OTR/L, guides you through the visual deficits that lead to common functional impairments in your patients with stroke, Parkinson's, MS and brain injury.

FREE Worksheet: Yoga Exercises for Focus, Balance & Core Strength
Yoga Poses for Focus, Balance & Core Strength
It’s hard to get kids with motor skill, sensory processing, or self-regulation issues to fully engage in your sessions.

They’re distracted, prone to meltdowns, and struggle to just be present in the moment with you.

But here’s the good news — yoga is an engaging, fun and effective way to make a powerful lasting impact. It improves focus, muscle length and strength, nervous system regulation, and more!

And here’s the best part — you don’t have to be a certified yoga instructor OR super flexible to incorporate gentle yoga practices in your very next session.
FREE Video: How to Teach a Child with Autism About Personal Space
One of the most common social difficulties children with autism have is understanding personal space. They often stand too close to others and don't realize they're making the other person uncomfortable.

In this brief video clip, Tara Delaney, MS, OTR/L, describes her easy-to-use method that helps children with autism understand and apply the concept of "personal space," which in turn helps them adapt more easily into social situations.

Blog: Teletherapy Tips for Feeding and Swallowing Therapy
Teletherapy Tips for Feeding and Swallowing Therapy
Even as in-person treatment becomes available again, many clients may choose to continue virtual visits to protect their health. Angela Mansolillo, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Board-Certified Specialist in Swallowing Disorders with more than 30 years of experience. In this blog, she shares strategies for pre-session prep and in-session success when conducting therapy via telehealth.
FREE Video: Customized Breathing Assessment
While we know that breathing exercises are beneficial for so many reasons, such as enhanced cognitive and physical performance, improved sleep and digestion, pain and stress relief, to name a few …

… we rarely teach our patients step-by-step how to breathe most effectively.

In this video, Dr. Eric Cobb explains the location and function of the many respiratory muscles involved in the act of breathing — the mechanical basics — and shows you how to actively guide your patients through a breathing assessment so they can build awareness and gain strength.

Blog: Biohacking Lower Body Rehab with Blood Flow Restriction
Biohacking Lower Body Rehab with Blood Flow Restriction
Blood flow restriction (BFR) training is hands down one of the best ways to promote muscle hypertrophy and tissue healing, ultimately accelerating recovery in rehab!

And when it comes to research-based therapeutic techniques, BFR has the strongest science to support its use in the clinic. In this blog, Craig Lindell, PT, DPT, CSCS, shares his favorite exercises to do with BFR for less pain and accelerated recovery.

There’s more! Want to advance your professional standing and achieve breakthroughs with your patients?

Here are some of our bestselling courses for physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists.

Sacroiliac Joint Specialist Certification
In this completely self-paced certification course, explore the latest and most relevant research regarding interventions for sciatica, low back, pelvic girdle, and hip pain. Working with live patients, Dr. Jerry Hesch provides step-by-step instruction on how to use 17 basic spring tests to evaluate motion going through the sacroiliac joint. This innovative model provides a logical, integrative system that quickly and efficiently improves patient outcomes.

Click here for details and to get started!
Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist Intensive Training
This premier online certification course brings you today’s most cutting-edge, strengths-based interventions to help your clients with autism thrive! During this innovative, self-paced course you’ll have the opportunity to learn from the leading voices in the field, including Dr. Temple Grandin and Dr. Stephen Porges – just to name a few.

These renowned professionals will guide you through interventions that leverage relationships, trust, communication, acceptance, and the neuroception of safety. From early intervention to transitioning to adulthood, you’ll take away dozens of transformational strengths-based interventions to support your clients regardless of age or developmental stage. Best of all, in just three simple steps after completing the training you can become a Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist with Evergreen Certifications!

Click here for details and to get started!
Fall Prevention Specialist Certification Course
Become your region’s go-to fall prevention expert and give your patients innovative strategies to help them move freely and confidently in this career-boosting course. By the end of the training, you’ll be able to guide your patients to lose their fear of falling forever and the ability to move with confidence.

Plus, upon completion of this course you’ll be eligible to become a Certified Fall Prevention Specialist (CFPS) through Evergreen Certifications!

Click here for details and to get started!
Runner's Rehab Certificate
In this advanced skills training, we’ll show you the proven, innovative techniques to identify and tackle the most common running injuries: heel-striking, arthritis, foot pain, and more. You’ll know the right questions to ask and the right ways to rehab your runners to get them back on the trail. Plus, see you how can achieve quick results with a wide range of running injuries.

Click here for details and to get started!
Stroke Rehab Master Class
This is your comprehensive training where top stroke rehab experts will show you adaptable rehab interventions that give you a better understanding of the physical and behavioral implications of stroke, along with how to navigate them. This master class turns the often-complicated neurophysiology into actionable interventions to up-level your stroke treatment. You’ll dive into how the brain is working against you, pusher patients, and the most advanced stroke rehab treatment interventions available.

Click here for details and to get started!
Visual Rehab Certificate
When your patient has vision deficits, even your most tried-and-true therapy protocols can quickly go off the rails, dramatically limiting your effectiveness and halting progress in a variety of frustrating ways: poor performance of tasks/exercises, avoidance of ADLs, frequent falls, increased functional dependence, and reading/communication problems. In this course you will learn the latest vision rehabilitation techniques and discover a powerful intervention framework that has helped countless therapists and their patients overcome these exact same issues.

Whether your patients are adults with head injuries or stroke survivors with visual perception problems, you’ll transform your practice with innovative interventions that help patients adapt to visual impairments, take charge of their recovery, and resume functional activities they might have otherwise abandoned.

Click here for details and to get started!
SLPs Putting Knowledge Into Practice
Immerse yourself in SLP-focused innovative strategies and earn up to 36 ASHA CE hours.

You’ll be inspired while learning from experts in your field! We’ll cover a wide range of topics such as Autism, ACEs, behavioral interventions, pediatric feeding, stroke, Parkinson’s, video modeling and so much more!

Click here for details and to get started!
Blood Flow Restriction Training Certificate Course
Blood Flow Restriction Training is taking the physical therapy world by storm — changing the game for rehab, fitness and training professionals.

This exclusive online certification course gives you exactly what you need to start using BFR immediately! And when you get certified in Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFR), you’ll not only showcase your expertise in this area — you’ll start changing patients’ lives as they get real results fast.

Click here for details and to get started!
The Breathing Gym
All it takes is 8 to 10 minutes of deliberate breathing practice per day to revolutionize your outcomes. In this advanced skills training, you’ll learn how to get quick wins and powerful, long-lasting results for your patients with highly effective brain-based breathing strategies.

Through the lens of neurology, this course provides a step by step, practical approach to breathwork for all the patients you treat. Breathwork is about to become your absolute favorite tool in your arsenal.

Click here for details and to get started!
Chronic Pain Management
Your chronic pain patients are tired of hearing “there’s nothing we can do for your pain” and “you’re just going to have to live with it.” This course will expand your tools for managing pain! You’ll learn how to alter the way the body perceives pain and strategies to reshape pain by using mindfulness…and much more! Applicable to multiple patient populations, you will be able to utilize the skills you learn immediately.

Click here for details and to get started!

Topic: Occupational Therapy | Physical Therapy

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