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How can occupational therapy help after a brain injury?

Suffering from a traumatic brain injury as an adult is difficult. You might have to re-learn how to do things that you have been doing your entire life. Occupational therapy is one of the options that is available to many people who suffer a TBI and need to learn how to do basic tasks again. In some cases, using special assistive methods and devices can sometimes help with getting these tasks done.

What types of issues can occupational therapy help with?

Occupational therapy can help with issues like trouble with memory and problems staying active. For example, occupational therapy can help you to determine how you can participate in activities through school, work or volunteer opportunities. Occupational therapy can also help you to learn how to improve your memory or find ways to help you get and stay organized so you are more in control of your life.

Can occupational therapy help me feel like I'm more in control of my actions?

The emotional toll of a traumatic brain injury is difficult to cope with. Occupational therapy can work with you to determine what your triggers are. Once those are known, the occupational therapist can help you to learn ways that you can control your reaction to those triggers. This can be done by using relaxation techniques and other methods.

Occupational therapy is something that many people who suffer from brain injuries can benefit from. This is on top of other therapy types, such as physical therapy. Seeking compensation is one way that a person with a TBI might be able to afford the various therapy options that might help him or her.

Source: American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., "Adults With Traumatic Brain Injury," Marsha Neville, PhD, OT/L, and Kathleen Golisz, OTR, OTD, accessed June 28, 2016

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