Client’s interests, education and experiences are assessed to determine transferable skills. Labour Market Research and/or additional education are all considered. Position tolerance, pain levels and ability to focus are examples of areas assessed to help determine the vocational fit.
Our Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA) work alongside the client’s health care team to provide one on one treatment that is specifically designed for the individual. OTA program goals as described by the client and the rehab team with a client centered approach.
OTA Cognitive Compensatory Strategy Program
The OTA will take the time to understand strategies that best suit the client’s personality. Tools are suggested (using adult learning principles tailored to client’s strengths) and demonstrated to ensure effectiveness. OTA can help the client to predict barriers and develop strategies in advance. These programs vary from creating strategies for remembering appointments to new learning such as how to take public transportation. The program goals are directed by the client to include meaningful activity that promotes a positive outlook for the future.
OTA Community Integration
Often client’s present with a lack of motivation due to mood dysregulation or as a symptom of acquired brain injury. Many are fearful of re-injury or their inability to manage their limitations if they go on a community outing. Early OTA intervention can drastically reduce many psycho-emotional symptoms. Outings encourage re-integration into pre-MVA hobbies/interests, provide opportunity to problem solve areas of difficulty such as taking public transportation and to increase the client’s independence with ADL. Job coaching is also available for those with return to work goals.
OTA Gym/Pool Exercise Program
OTA specialized fitness trainers can develop a specific fitness program to meet client specific rehab needs. The program can be centered in a home gym or community gym/pool. Community based fitness programs can also be used in a community integration program as it introduces and promotes a healthy lifestyle post injury. Goals can include increased strength and activity tolerance; improved range of motion and endurance; pain management and mood regulation. Water is the perfect environment for clients experiencing high levels of pain due the body’s natural buoyancy in water which minimizes the harsh jolts the body experiences during regular exercise.
Both physical tasks and non-physical/cognitive requirements are assessed when considering the position of work placement. These two elements are measured in order to establish return to work goals or determine whether the position remains to be fit for the client post-injury.
Following an injury, physical limitations may exist immediately or develop over time. Establishing the client’s safe maximum abilities once the benefits of physical rehabilitation have plateaued, an FCE is ideal for further planning and goal setting with respect to return to work, vocational exploration or other meaningful activities. (i.e. sitting tolerance, overhead reaching)
At a reduced combined cost, the Physical FCE can be combined with a Cognitive/Behavioural FCE to determine Global Functioning.
Some equipment funding and mobility aids are funded through the province of Ontario’s ADP programme. To be eligible for this programme, you must be assessed by an ADP authorized health care provider. Currently we do not have an ADP authorizer on staff, however, we would be happy to help you find one. If you have any questions regarding funding, please visit our resources portion of our site for some helpful links to funding options or call our office and we will try to find a funding solution for you.