Occupational therapists help people to fully engage in daily life. They treat the whole person, whether they are recovering from injuries or have developmental or cognitive disabilities affecting their motor skills, emotions or behavior. It is a holistic approach that looks at how a client’s participation in activities has been impacted, but also at the

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Regardless of the cause of an injury, one question is inevitable. When will you return to work? Oftentimes, it will be a vocational expert that will provide the testimony and feedback that will help determine the answer, should the case go to court. This same expert will report on job readiness, as well as current

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When is reproducing the effects of traumatic brain injury a good idea? We never thought of asking such a question but, fortunately, researchers at the University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center recently did ask such a question and the results are fascinating. By reproducing the effects and stimulating recovery in neuron cells grown in a

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We will always be fascinated by major technological breakthroughs that make life easier for individuals with disabilities. Yet, from the perspective of someone who is completely or partially paralyzed due to a severe spinal cord injury, tiny victories are always welcome, by whatever means necessary. In a recent study, researchers managed to help six participants

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Autistic Children Thrive Thanks to Interactive Robot Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may have difficulty interacting with humans, but what about robots? Let’s face it. It’s a perfectly valid question in 2018. If you are a caregiver with limited time, resources and money for therapy, improving social skills such as eye contact, body language,

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It is always a good idea to maintain a healthy diet and get some exercise. According to a recent study, it is especially important to engage in these activities following a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The reason is that obesity compounds the health problems that survivors face during recovery. One thing that TBI and obesity

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If you are sitting comfortably while reading this, it is due in no small part to the proper functioning of your spinal cord. Think about the fact that the spinal cord is the main pathway between your brain and the rest of your body and you might realize just how much you currently owe to

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Did you read our post about merging exoskeletons with virtual reality? Be sure to do that, but first let us tell you about the newest way that virtual reality is enhancing the lives of our friends in wheelchairs. Let us share the story of an “empathy project” conceived by a design team upon recognizing the

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The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis. Its Peer & Family Support Program provides such people, as well as those who care for them, with the means to come together for hope, support and

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Certain types of cells are required for treating certain diseases or conditions. Imagine technology capable of altering genetic code on a cellular level, effectively transforming skin cells into whichever type of cell is required. Known as Tissue Nanotransfection, or TNT, this dime-sized silicon chip weighs less than 100 grams and can restore any type of

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