The OT Method to Assessing Concussion in Acute Care
This course will teach you all about how to assess concussion in the acute stages, providing an occupational therapy based protocol for your client care.Watch Promo
Here's the story...
A client admits to the hospital for a bump to the head.
On occupational therapy evaluation, no evidence of symptoms are found. Client is deemed by our clinical rationale “independent in ADLs.” Client is discharged home with family.
A few days later, client goes home to find it's a bit of a challenge to get back into the daily routine.
Simple things like walking the dog and remembering what them and their loved one just talked about getting done for the day..these things seem to be hard to remember.
There's tension in the home between them and their loved one; they just cannot get a grasp on daily activities (or within their interactions with others they care about and have to interact with during the day).
Their sleep cycle is all a mess. They also poop out in energy by early afternoon and just cannot muster up enough attention to focus on one more thing. They become easily frustrated as they are having a harder time coping during the day... but just don't know why.
In the beginning stages of injury, whether concussion or mild TBI, the client’s symptoms seem almost invisible to pinpoint. It is easy for us as clinicians to think the client will be okay. Sometimes (I have even been guilty of this), our clients behavior can be mistaken for a reflection of “their personality.”
The good news: it's possible to notice signs and symptoms during the acute stages of a client's concussion. Being able to identify these symptoms, before its intensity of impact to the client’s daily life is SO rewarding (at least for me!).
That's why I created this occupational therapy based assessment protocol for acute concussion; to provide you with the tools needed to identify the clients symptoms in the beginning stages of their recovery. To provide you with the resources to guide your client and their loved ones through their beginning stages of the recovery journey. They cannot face their return to meaningful occupations, roles and routine alone (it's why we exist right?).
In this course, you will learn how to identify client symptoms while they participate in occupation based activity, interpret how this will impact their lives, communicate the results and have advocacy tools to support your client. You will be able to provide them with strategies to return back to life activity.
With this step-by-step video guide, workbook, comprehensive evaluation form, as well as resource guides for providing education to providers, clients and caregivers, you will learn how to assess your client’s symptoms BEFORE things get out of hand for them. You will also learn how to best educate clients, and their support persons, to facilitate their framework for recovery in order to support their return to daily life activity.
To get started, click on the enroll button below. See you in the classroom.
Alexis has been practicing occupational therapy since 2011. With experience in a variety of settings through travel therapy and permanent professional positions, these courses originate from a labor of love. By way of a diverse experience of OT skills, knowledge and experiences, Alexis brings you a product from her passion for supporting clients in the acute care setting as well a place of love for neurology and its impact on clients. The same energy is poured into colleagues of the occupational therapy profession. Now sit back, relax, take out that piece of paper and preferred writing tool so we can learn, grow and thrive. Welcome to the course and welcome to our #OTtribe.