GLA Newsletter  |  Issue 11  |  June 2014
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Hello to all of our Readers,

Happy Spring!

We have been busy over the last couple of months at GLA.

In March, I travelled to San Francisco to the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) World Congress. I presented on the topic of the OT Role in a Situational Assessment for CAT designation and was delighted by the positive feedback we received from delegates from around the world.

In addition we had a booth at the Hamilton Health Sciences ABI conference and Toronto Rehab's MSK/Trauma conference. We were also at OTLA and were more than happy to meet colleagues and friends at our booth.

With the warmer weather finally here, many of us are beginning to make plans for the summer and are looking forward to taking some time off to relax, have fun and spend time with friends and family.

At GLA, our therapists will continue to work closely with clients over the summer months and can modify client's rehab goals to include outdoors activities.

During previous summers, our therapists have taken clients to High Park for picnics, gone to the beach with clients and advocated on clients' behalf for summer necessities such as air conditioners. This summer, we will continue to ensure that all of our clients have a safe and enjoyable season.

In this month's edition of the newsletter we continue to highlight a monthly Success Story. This month's Success Story is about a team of therapists from GLA who have worked together to help a client with a Traumatic Brain Injury gain insight and awareness into his cognitive difficulties.

We also invite you to read our Assessment of Month feature. This month we are reviewing the Test of Everyday Attention (TEA Test). The TEA Test is an assessment used by our occupational therapists to gain insight into specific areas of attention and to highlight possible deficits. Attention is one of the most essential components of cognitive functioning, and by completing a comprehensive assessment, our OTs are able to design highly targeted cognitive rehabilitation programs that can be carried out both by the OT and the RSW on the file.

Please call us with any questions about the articles in this newsletter. We will be happy to provide you with additional information.

Best Regards,

Galit Liffshiz, MA OT Reg. (Ont.
Expertise and Experience in Life Care Planning
Designated Capacity Assessor
President of GLA 

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The Test Of Everyday Attention: A Useful Tool for Highly Targeted Cognitive Intervention

The ability to pay attention is perhaps the most essential component of human congnition. When we are able to pay attention, or "attend" we can accurately observe our environment. When we observe we can remember and when we can remember we can learn. Read more...

Success Story: Helping a Client Gain Insight Following a TBI

Lack of insight or "Anosognosia" in survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can result in significant rehabilitation challenges.  When a lack of insight is present, it can be difficult for the treatment team to help the survivor "buy-in" to the therapeutic process. Read more...
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