Current Educational Programs

Therapist Mentoring Program

Description

Purpose

The purposes of the Cure SMA Therapist Mentoring Program are to:

  • Provide information, experiences and resources for physical and occupational therapists that are new to SMA or seeking additional experience to improve the quality of care delivered
  • Increase access to therapists who can perform motor function evaluations

Funding is provided for Mentee or Mentor travel. 

SMA Therapist Mentor

Role: The SMA physical and occupational therapist mentor will serve as a resource for therapists that are new to the SMA population or seeking additional experience. The interactions will include a face to face meeting, site visit, phone and email contact. 

SMA Therapist Mentee

Role: The SMA physical or occupational therapist mentee will be paired with a therapist mentor who will serve as a resource for information about the therapy care for the SMA population. The interactions will include a face to face meeting, site visit, phone and email contact. Mentees should be dedicated to the field of physical therapy care, and have the intention of continuing in the field of SMA for at least 2 years after program completion.

Program Format

A program facilitator will be assigned to each matched mentor/mentee pair to help with the program administration and to answer questions. 

  • Initial Interaction/Pre Site Visit
  • Site Visit
  • Post Site Visit

The contract must be maintained for at least three months post visit to discuss follow-up questions and additional information. 

For more detailed information, refer to the program overview.

Join the Program

Interested mentors should complete the Therapist Mentor Survey

Interested mentees should complete the Therapist Mentee Survey

Resources for the Program

Consensus Statement for Standard of Care in Spinal Muscular Atrophy 

Family Guide to Consensus Statement for Standard of Care in Spinal Muscular Atrophy 

Cure SMA's Care Series Booklet: Musculoskeletal System 

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