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Traumatic Brain Injury and Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy For Brain Injury Survivors

People with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) may experience behavioral changes, issues with mood and memory, disorientation, and poor judgment skills, in addition to physical disability. These effects can adversely impact one’s ability to perform daily activities (occupations) and fulfill certain roles, such as employee, friend, and family member. Despite this, TBI survivors can lead productive lives, so long as they get the necessary support.

Occupational therapy practitioners help people with TBI and other debilitating conditions adjust to their physical and cognitive changes and regain important skills so they can retain a high quality of life. Their services typically include:

  • An individualized assessment, during which the patient and occupational therapist discuss and determine his or her goals,
  • Customized intervention to help the patient achieve his or her goals, and
  • An assessment of the results to make sure that the goals are being met and/or adjust the intervention plan for improvements.

More specifically, occupational therapy practitioners offer expertise to:

  • Address problems with memory, attention span, and organization (creating a daily plan, providing necessary tools and training on how to use them, assisting with the practice of everyday life skills).
  • Better manage emotions and behavior (determining what triggers certain thoughts and emotions, teaching relaxation and positive thinking skills, role-playing difficult scenarios and sharing better ways to respond).
  • Stay as safe as possible (assessing judgment and skills, evaluating living spaces and recommending safety modifications and equipment, sharing housing options where independent living can be easier).

Occupational therapy practitioners with expertise in treating people with TBI can be found in hospitals and rehabilitation centers, specialized outpatient programs, home health agencies, and private practice. Consult with your physician for more information.

Was your brain injury caused by another party?  You may be entitled to compensation for medical and rehabilitation expenses, lost earnings, and more. Contact Wilshire Law Firm and let our experienced traumatic brain injury attorneys obtain maximum recovery for your losses so you can get on the road to recovery as soon as possible. Call us today at (800) 522-7274 for a FREE, NO OBLIGATION consultation.

Check out our other articles on traumatic brain injury:

Ways Family Can Help a Loved One with a Brain Injury

Brain Injury Resulting from Auto Accidents

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