Occupational therapy practitioners are key rehabilitation professionals in assisting individuals with brain injury to reintegrate back into the community. Their education and training make them experts at evaluation and analysis of an individual’s performance abilities relative to the demands of the activity. This perspective encompasses all aspects of an individual’s life, including activities of daily living (e.g., self-care) and instrumental activities of daily living (e.g., home management, rest and sleep habits, work demands, play, leisure, social participation). They can then help clients relearn how to do these activities (remediate) or determine new ways of accomplishing them (compensatory strategies). Through guided, graded instruction within the context of the client’s community, occupational therapy practitioners may work with individuals in real life settings such as the grocery store, bank, mall, bus/train, workplace, home, or any other environment in which they need to regain competence in occupational performance. Occupational therapy practitioners work as part of a team, which may include a physical therapist, speech-language pathologist, neuropsychologist, social worker, and other professionals as appropriate, such as teachers or vocational rehabilitation counselors.
The above description is from the American Occupational Therapy Association
The occupational therapist at University of Vermont (UVM) had some basic ocular knowledge and was nice and understanding of my symptoms but was unable to help a more severe case like mine. She did keep recommending a vision check which is very important to do post injury so I am glad she had that knowledge, but I did not continue treatment as they were not equipped to handle the severity of my light, noise, and vision complications.
Occupational therapy at Wentworth Douglas Hospital was helpful in giving me ideas on how to use my time post injury and slowly integrate some sensory activities into my life again. They also were very understanding of my symptoms and had lamps to combat the overhead fluorescent lighting. This was hugely appreciated. It was difficult doing the visual assessment for them as it was very taxing on my brain and my symptoms increased to levels that were hard to handle so I did not continue the program for very long.