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Brain Injury

Aphasia Awareness Month

June is Aphasia Awareness Month. If you’re wondering “What in the world is aphasia?”, you’re not alone! Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder that affects a person’s ability to use and understand language.  And even though there are approximately 2 million people living with aphasia in the United States, most people aren’t aware of this…

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Cell Phone Organization

Over our many years of providing therapy for brain injury survivors, we have learned that organization is a great tool to compensate for decreased memory. Did you know that organization can extend to your cell phone? Here are are few tips for organizing your cell phone to increase your ability to use it as a…

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Concussion Management

In February, two more of our therapists attended a course in Mesa, Arizona held by the American Institute of Balance and became certified in vestibular rehabilitation and concussion management. They learned the most cutting edge research for rehabilitation in regards to concussions and vestibular symptom evaluation and treatment. The duo have developed an updated Galaxy…

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New Year’s Resolutions

New Years is right around the round corner and that means resolutions. Many New Year’s resolutions may seem daunting and you feel pressured to pick something large such as, learning a new language, learning to drive manual or losing weight.  Which each large New Year’s resolution, there is a risk of failure. No-one wants to…

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Incorporating Laughter Therapy into Treatment

     As an occupational therapist I am always trying to find innovative treatment strategies to incorporate into OT sessions.  Many years ago I was introduced to the concept of “Laughter Therapy” when I worked at an inpatient neuro-care center and was inspired at this years BIAMI’s conference by something one of the guest speakers…

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Plateau… A Dirty Little Word!

Today at the Brain Injury Association of Michigan’s State conference in Lansing, I was extremely inspired by many of the speakers. One in particular spoke to me in a way that really made me think about the word PLATEAU.  She called it a “Dirty Little Word.”  I couldn’t agree more.  It was all I could…

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You are not alone

Who am I now? Searching for Pieces of My Former Self After a Traumatic Brain Injury By, Meg Scaling/OTRL Life Skills Community Rehabilitation & Associates, LLC You are not alone. I hear the same stories of sadness over and over again as I work with individuals who have suffered a traumatic brain injury.  Stories of individuals…

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