17 Oct Work and Cognitive Impairments
Cognitive impairments can affect a persons ability to perform daily functional tasks. Some examples include the inability to formulate, plan, and execute a process without structure, initial support, or guidance. Cognitive may impact the following areas such as short-term memory impairments, auditory processing impairments and visual–spatial impairments.
Occupational Therapists can create interventions so that people with cognitive impairment can rediscover their independence and live their lives as closely as they did before their injury. Occupational Therapists aim to reintroduce meaning and value to daily life.
Some of the Occupational therapy interventions include:
- Setting up aids, such as reminder apps, to help perform tasks at the right time, and assist with a smooth flow of work activity
- When auditory processing impairments are present, training the person in compensation strategies.
- Training individuals on best ways to engage with environments when visual impairment is present
- Setting appropriate goals to develop rehabilitation that will improve abilities in attention, problem solving and analysis, whilst minimising distraction
- Designing relaxation techniques to manage stress and restore effective sleep patterns
- Understanding and addressing the person’s mental health to assist successful functioning, and resume a valued and productive life that supports their self-esteem
- Assessing the prospect of resuming driving, which can significantly affect a person’s ability to return to work. Some practices have specialist driving programs, however general occupational therapy practices can also undertake driving assessments.
Our Occupational Therapists maximise the opportunities to integrate methods that empower people with cognitive impairment and through occupational therapy intervention can reintroduce value and confidence in everyday life.