Occupational Therapy Is Essential For Those Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injury
Bethesda, MD—As the country grapples with the tragedy of the Arizona shootings, U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords provides a source of hope as she recovers from a gunshot wound to the head.
As part of the rehabilitation team, occupational therapy practitioners are instrumental for those recovering from traumatic brain injury (TBI). Services begin in acute care, continue in the rehabilitation facility, and progress to the home and community.
Initially, occupational therapists working with people with TBI in acute care may focus on neuromuscular re-education, trunk stabilization, and balance activities in preparing them to maintain the physical posture necessary for self-care and home activities. As recovery continues in a rehabilitation facility, occupational therapists focus on activities of daily living, such as dressing, eating, preparing meals, and other things that are meaningful to the individual. They also address cognitive and perceptual deficits, including memory loss, difficulty concentrating, impaired judgment, and impulsive behaviors. When those with TBI return home, occupational therapists address home and workplace modifications, community mobility, psychosocial skills, and other barriers to participating fully in daily life. For clients with permanent disabilities, occupational therapists provide a wide range of adaptive equipment and personalized strategies to enable them to actively engage in activities they desire.
As Rep. Giffords and the other shooting victims begin the long road to recovery, the American Occupational Therapy Association is proud to represent occupational therapy practitioners helping them regain the ability to Live Life To Its Fullest.
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To interview an occupational therapist specializing in traumatic brain injury, please call Beth Mullen, 301-652-611, x2963 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1917, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) represents the professional interests and concerns of more than 140,000 occupational therapists, assistants, and students nationwide. The Association educates the public and advances the profession of occupational therapy by providing resources, setting standards including accreditations, and serving as an advocate to improve health care. Based in Bethesda, Md., AOTA’s major programs and activities are directed toward promoting the professional development of its members and assuring consumer access to quality services so patients can maximize their individual potential. For more information, go to www.aota.org.