OnTrack is a program designed to help youth who have experienced severe injury by providing access to a range of supportive personal and vocational services. The goal of this multi-disciplinary program is to support youth through key life experiences to help them get back “On Track” with their peers and achieve long-term success. Services include career and education planning, life skills coaching, and one-on-one support or academic tutoring. All services are coordinated to improve collaboration and seamless care outcomes.
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.
We work with the individual to determine the physical, cognitive and emotional impairments that affect the client`s function within the home. Recommendations can range from a few assistive devices to a complex program to help a person gain independence doing their normal activity of daily living.
Lesya Dyk has one man to thank for Lesya Dyk O.T. Service Inc. having a charitable policy. And that man is a plumber (a very rich plumber) from London England, Charlie Mullins. Charlie was featured in the original BBC series “Secret Millionaire”, as was his family. Charlie’s life changed when he volunteered at a programme for developmentally delayed men in a garden centre in the North of England. Neither the staff nor the clients knew who he was, and did not know that he was in fact, a millionaire. After watching this programme, Lesya was so moved by the results of Charlie Mullins’ volunteerism and charity, and moreover the profound change to Charlie in the course of the programme, that she contacted and corresponded with Charlie, and as a result developed a charitable policy. Part of that charitable policy is giving back to the communities in which we work (giving back), and investing in programmes for kids (paying it forward, to the next generation).
What was made abundantly clear in that episode of “Secret Millionaire”, is that everybody wants to be productive, wants to belong, and wants to have a bit of respect. And these men, who society often marginalized, wanted nothing more to “hang out” with a “bloke” who wanted to make garden projects with them, and who treated them with respect. And in the end, as well as a generous donation to the project, they received a donation of some facilities so they had a proper bathroom. It hit all the Occupational Therapy buttons- Self care, Productivity, Leisure, and a few other things as well. We will endeavor to place on our website; information of our charitable partners so you too can be inspired…