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What is an invisible disability?

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.

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Resources in Chicago for Home Modification Assistance

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.

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Can occupational therapy help me?

Posted on Sunday, July 31 2022

If you are struggling with doing the things you need to do or want to do you would benefit from OT.

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Planning a Road Trip After a Stroke or Brain Injury

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.

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Is it Okay to Fly After a Stroke or Brain Injury?

Posted on Tuesday, May 31 2022

It can feel overwhelming to think about air travel again after a stroke or brain injury. With a little extra planning, taking a vacation can be a great experience after a stroke or brain injury.

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Why Try Yoga after a Stroke or Brain Injury?

Posted on Sunday, May 1 2022

Yoga can be a beneficial way to maintain and improve your physical and mental health.

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Getting Enough Sleep after a Stroke or Brain Injury

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.

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Returning to Driving After a Stroke or Brain Injury

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.

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Home Modifications for Stroke and Brain Injury Recovery

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.

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How Finger Foods Can Help Ataxia

Posted on Saturday, January 1 2022

After a stroke or brain injury some people experience a symptom called ataxia. Ataxia affects one’s coordination, leading to difficulty with many of the things we need to do and want to do in a day.

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Strategies for People with Difficulty Concentrating

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.

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How Do I Get My Hand Better After a Stroke?

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.

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What is Occupational Therapy?

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.

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Home Safety after a Stroke or Brain Injury

Posted on Wednesday, September 1 2021

To be successful in our occupations at home it is important to be able to navigate through your home safely. Here are a few simple things you can do in your home to prevent falls.

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Maintaining Social Relationships after a Stroke or Brain Injury

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.

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Transportation in Chicago after a Stroke or Brain Injury

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.

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Healthy Living After Stroke - The Power of Occupation

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?".

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