Occupational Therapy provides services for adults with a brain injury, post concussion, mental health issues including PTSD and other trauma disorders and chronic pain. School-age individuals who have executive function challenges can also benefit from this intervention.
- Energy Management – sleep normalization, self-regulation for calm, alert and grounded state, pacing, tolerance development for sustained mental activity and overall stimulation (light, noise, touch)
- Activity Enhancement – re-engagement through structured scheduling, securing and sustaining commitment, graded involvement, progressive goal setting (PGAP provider), problem solving
- Functional Cognition Training – attention, memory, planning and organization, problem solving, flexibility, processing speed, work adjustment skills, cognitve/behavioral work conditioning
- Administration of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM)© – an individualized outcome measure designed for use by Occupational Therapists. The measure is designed to detect change in a client’s self-perception of occupational performance over time. It identifies clients’ perceived performance and satisfaction with this performance.
- Transferable skills from equine assisted learning to applications of self-care, leisure and productivity in daily life
For more information:
Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM)©: http://www.thecopm.ca/about
Transferable skills from equine assisted learning – Occupational Therapy addresses rhythmic riding from sensory integrative and neurodevelopment frames of reference as well as a meta-cognitive approach where appropriate.
- Coordination and motor planning
- Normal weight shift and trunk elongation and rotation
- Relaxation of tight muscles through rhythmic movement and slow stretches
- Relaxation and calming
- Facilitation of visual orientation, attending and focus
- Specific rocking movements will encourage calming with trunk elongation, pelvic stability
- Increased proprioceptive and vestibular input, balance responses and midline orientation
- Specific daily strategies including setting realistic expectations, creating a calm atmosphere, being able to “let go”, making energy choices, staying grounded, remaining in the moment, becoming aware of “pressure and release” techniques with others, non-verbal communication, use of yoga poses such as “Mountain Pose”, conscious breathing, having “fun”, awareness of pausing and planning, use stable grounding posture for slow controlled finer movements, use of “soft eyes”, repetition and practice for over-learning, leading in a way that will gain energy.