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“Putting the Occupation Back in Occupational Therapy:” A Survey of Occupational Therapy Practitioners’ Use of Gardening as an Intervention (2014)

April 1, 2023 by Ashley Zhinin.
Gardening has been equated with positive health outcomes for individuals with physical and mental health issues, and the benefits have been shown to transcend socioeconomic, educational, and cultural boundaries, and to be a cost-effective therapeutic activity. Ninety-one occupational therapy practitioners across all practice settings initially responded to a 15-question survey developed by the authors, but […]
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Emergency Preparedness with a Disability

March 1, 2023 by Ashley Zhinin.
This handout covers different elements of being prepared for emergency situations given changes due to the new onset of a condition for a caregiver and/or patient. Video on how to use this resource:
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Predicting Outdoor Walking 1 Year After Spinal Cord Injury: A Retrospective, Multisite External Validation Study (2023)

March 1, 2023 by Ashley Zhinin.
Walking is frequently one of the most desired outcomes for individuals after SCI. The researchers aimed to validate a CPR developed by a previous study to best predict outdoor walking. Success of outdoor walking was more strict than some previous CPRs, and was defined as a score of 6 or greater on the 14th item […]
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Growth Mindset

March 1, 2023 by Ashley Zhinin.
This handout covers the growth mindset which can be used to improve motivation and self-esteem during the rehabilitation process. Video on how to use this resource:
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A Comparison of Prefabricated and Custom Made Resting Hand Splints for Individuals with Cervical Spinal Cord Injury: A Randomized Controlled Trial (2021)

March 1, 2023 by Ashley Zhinin.
This study randomized each hand, rather than each participant, and participants were recruited after admission for inpatient SCI rehabilitation. Inclusion criteria were 18 years or older, cervical SCI with hand function impairment, and primary OT deemed splinting necessary. The intervention was completed by the participant’s primary OT, who was not a member of the research […]
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Advancing Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions in the Community: A Scoping Review (2020)

February 1, 2023 by Ashley Zhinin.
People with disabilities experience challenges because of disabling environments and exclusion daily; however, this impact is intensified when the entire community is destabilized, such as during emergencies. In such cases, people with disabilities are disproportionately impacted, experiencing higher rates of injury and death as well as increased challenges during response and recovery. The purpose of […]
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The Importance of Personal Hygiene

February 1, 2023 by Ashley Zhinin.
This handout details why engaging in personal hygiene tasks is important for the client and is appropriate for people with cognitive impairments/delay or with mental health challenges.
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Vision Screening

February 1, 2023 by Ashley Zhinin.
This screening can provide initial information on potential vision deficits.
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