Occupational Therapy - ABI

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When one acquires a brain injury there are many support and therapeutic systems available to the injured individual and their family. Occupational Therapists (OT) play an essential role in the recovery process for an Acute Brain Injury (ABI) victim. This video outlines how important a role an OT plays in an ABI individuals life - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pIY8ESjHtQ&feature=player_embedded

After an ABI patient has been declared stable and recovered medically, it will then be established if that individual is able to tolerate working with an OT at that time. This all depends on the patients level of responsiveness, in particular, things such as range of motion, positioning, and care giver training needs to be addressed when someone is minimally responsive. At this time, generally an OT will create a Stimulation Program, which is used to help awaken the sensory systems. If the ABI individual is more responsive at this time an OT can educate and aid with dressing, and other automatic behaviours that were very familiar before injury. Ultimately, the long range goal of this type of therapy is to help an individual become as independent as possible with their daily activities, such as dressing and grooming themselves.

Often people get confused with the difference between physical therapy and an occupational therapy. With occupational therapy the focus is on overall motor function, visual perception, and any other sensory disturbance that impedes ones everyday life tasks.

Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers would like to share this video and suggest you view it as it covers a variety of topics and answers many questions in relation to how an occupational therapist can help aid ABI recovery. For more information please view the following video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pIY8ESjHtQ&feature=player_embedded


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