Motivation in Rehab

Interactive Video Floor Improves Brain Injury Recovery Brain injuries can cause an array of symptoms, from an individual’s ability to walk/move to their speech, from their vision to their clarity of thought, and from their ability to remember information and events to their emotion regulation. After experiencing difficulty walking and moving following a brain injury, … Continue reading “Motivation in Rehab”

“I Don’t Have Any Problems”

How Traumatic Brain Injury can Damage your Self-Awareness One of the most common impairments caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI) is decreased self-awareness.  Impairments of awareness can range from severe (coma, for example) to more subtle and mild (setting unrealistic goals, poor judgement, memory trouble).  Impaired self-awareness is an important clinical issue because maintaining awareness … Continue reading ““I Don’t Have Any Problems””

OT Tip of the Month- Hand Strength and Finger Dexterity

There are over 25 muscles in our forearm and hand. The muscles of our forearm control our elbow, wrist and finger movements. The smaller muscles of our hand control the more refined movements of the thumb and fingers. Some children may appear to have strong hands if they are able to squeeze an object very … Continue reading “OT Tip of the Month- Hand Strength and Finger Dexterity”

Traumatic Brain Injury, Headaches and Depression. How are They Related?

Coping with a Traumatic Brain Injury: Headache and Depression After a mild traumatic brain injury, the most common symptom people experience is headache.  Besides headache, the most common diagnosis after a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) is depression.  Following treatment for TBI, a patient with a poor outcome is usually saddled with either headaches, depression, … Continue reading “Traumatic Brain Injury, Headaches and Depression. How are They Related?”

Sleep. How Much Do our Children Need?

Sleep: Autism and Beyond Why is Sleep Important? Sleep is an essential skill for children to learn in order to be healthy and ready to participate in all that life has to offer. Optimal sleep helps to ensure children are able to learn, play, grow and participate in daily activities either at home, school or … Continue reading “Sleep. How Much Do our Children Need?”

Mouth Breathing and a Tongue Thrust Swallow. Is it Bad?

The Complexity of the Mouth: OMD Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD) is a muscle disorder of the tongue, lips, jaw, and face.  People with OMD have an abnormal position of the muscles around the mouth and the jaw, leading to difficulties speaking, chewing, swallowing, breathing, and sleeping.  Most commonly, people with an OMD are mouth breathers, … Continue reading “Mouth Breathing and a Tongue Thrust Swallow. Is it Bad?”

Autism and Speech Difficulties. Is there a link?

The Majority of Children with Autism also have Apraxia Apraxia is a motor disorder caused by underlying damage to the brain.  While there are many types of apraxia, speech-language pathologists are most concerned with “apraxia of speech,” a motor disorder related to producing speech sounds.  In order to form intelligible speech, a child must produce … Continue reading “Autism and Speech Difficulties. Is there a link?”

Does My Child Have a Speech and/or Language Delay?

Warning Signs for Speech and Language Delays If you suspect your child has a language or speech delay, getting them an appointment with a speech-language pathologist could be one of the important things you do for your child.  The warning signs for delays in speech and language development may be subtle, but can be observed … Continue reading “Does My Child Have a Speech and/or Language Delay?”

Rest. Why is it so Crucial to Concussion Recovery?

When someone suffers a concussion, the brain—like all parts of the body—needs time to heal, so the usual prescription is rest and non-stimulating activities.  The problem with this treatment is patients’ understanding of how the brain recovers from a concussion.  Concussions are not visible scars or burns; they are hidden injuries and a person’s recovery … Continue reading “Rest. Why is it so Crucial to Concussion Recovery?”

Concussion Smartphone APP! You Can Diagnose Yourself Now!

Almost everyone has hit or hurt their head at some point in their life and wondered “is this serious? Should I see a doctor?”  Without a visible injury to see and examine, it is hard to know how serious a brain injury is and how to treat it. The Problem: Studies on brain injury and … Continue reading “Concussion Smartphone APP! You Can Diagnose Yourself Now!”