Red Flags for Brain Injury – Occupational Therapy Practice

Introduction Over 1.5 million TBIs occur every year. Many brain injuries can go undiagnosed, even in the hospital. Identifying mild to moderate brain injuries can be challenging, but help to prevent loss of further occupational participation and lowered quality of life. These red flags from history, chief complaints, signs, and symptoms can be an indication … Read more

Rancho Los Amigos Levels – Occupational Therapy

The Rancho Los Amigos Scale is used to evaluate a patient following a brain injury. The levels are based on observations of the patient’s responses to the environment. It provides insight into their progress during recovery and rehabilitation. The occupational therapist supports the team and the patient throughout their recovery based on their level of … Read more

Apraxia Made Easy – Ideational vs Ideomotor vs Dressing vs Constructional & More – Occupational Therapy

This article features the most common kinds of apraxia associated with occupational therapy, prognosis, and treatment. About Apraxia Apraxia is a neurological disorder that is characterized by the loss of the ability to carry out skilled movements. There is usually no loss of motivation or physical ability to perform these movements. Dyspraxia is a mild … Read more

Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA) in Occupational Therapy – Emotional Incontinence?

Pseudobulbar Affect Featured

Pseudobulbar affect. It goes by many names – emotional lability, emotional incontinence, involuntary emotional control disorder, and more. Is your patient really depressed or bipolar, or is there another root cause for this? Etiology Pseudobulbar affect typically affects patients with a neurological condition such as stroke, ALS, Parkinson’s, MS, TBI, and dementia. It is often … Read more