Posted on Friday, September 30 2022
Often after a stroke or brain injury people have symptoms that others can not see and have difficulty understanding. Some of these symptoms may include fatigue, dizziness, pain, emotional impairments, and cognitive impairments. Sometimes when others don’t understand your impairments it can be frustrating and even further disabling.
Posted on Wednesday, August 31 2022
Sometimes simple changes in our home can help us to do the things we need to do and want to do. The city of Chicago has a number of resources to help people after a stroke or brain injury modify their homes.
Posted on Thursday, June 30 2022
When you are feeling ready to hit the road after a stroke or brain injury, a little extra planning can make a road trip a lot more fun.
Posted on Friday, April 1 2022
It is not uncommon for your sleep to be disturbed after a stroke or brain injury. Occupational therapy can help you identify strategies to improve your sleep.
Posted on Monday, February 28 2022
After a stroke or brain injury it can be challenging to know when it’s time to return to driving.
Posted on Tuesday, February 1 2022
An occupational therapist can help you identify home modifications that can make it easier to participate in your daily activities after a stroke or brain injury.
Posted on Tuesday, November 30 2021
Many people who have had a stroke, brain injury, or other neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD may have trouble concentrating or paying attention. People with problems concentrating might notice they get distracted easily and have difficulty finishing tasks like completing their household chores.
Posted on Sunday, October 31 2021
After a stroke or brain injury many people have difficulty using their hand and arm. Occupational therapists use everyday activities to help your hand and arm get better. There is good research to show that using your hand and arm in everyday activities is the best way to improve the use of your hand and arm.
Posted on Thursday, September 30 2021
Many people have never heard of occupational therapy (OT). Some people have participated in OT but still don’t understand how it differs from other professions. My favorite way of explaining occupational therapy is that we help people do the things they need to do, want to do, or are expected to do.
Posted on Saturday, July 31 2021
Social relationships are very important for our mental health. Think of that good feeling you had last time you connected with a friend. Doing things with others is motivating and helps to keep us active as well.
Posted on Wednesday, June 30 2021
Our ability to get to the places we need to go to or want to go to drastically impact our ability to to do things in life that are meaningful to us. Transportation impacts the things we need to do like going to the doctor, the things we want to do like going to the beach or the movies, and the things we are expected to do like purchasing groceries for our family. Some people can no longer drive car or use public transportation after a stroke or brain injury.
Posted on Monday, May 31 2021
Occupations structure our time and help us develop roles and routines. Consider your daily routine of getting cleaned up and dressed in the morning. We might also have routines around caring for our pets or exercise. Occupations also give us a sense of identity and meaning – one of the first questions we often ask each other is "What do you do?".