Concussion/mTBI: Our Team
Audiologists offer individual assessment and treatment of hearing issues patients may have because of their concussion. They use technology, provide education and suggest coping strategies for patients to manage their hearing needs. Audiology assessment and treatment requires a doctor’s referral and is not covered by OHIP.
The intake worker receives, coordinates, and distributes all referrals for the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Program and is often the first point of contact for all new patients.
Our occupational therapists help patients plan and pace activity and self-manage symptoms. They also work with patients to develop strategies for memory issues and to overcome vision changes. Their goal is to help patients get back to participating in activities at home, school, work or in the community.
Becky Moran, MSc (OT), Registered Occupational Therapist
Becky Moran has been working as an Occupational Therapist since 2006, and she has had experience in a variety of settings during her working career. Becky has worked in adult mental health, hand therapy, stroke rehabilitation, and brain injury; and is a recurrent guest lecturer at the Western University School of Occupational Therapy. She believes that patients can be empowered through activity, and motivates patients to facilitate change through an active participation in the rehabilitation process.
“I really like the challenge of working with people who have neurological injuries; every patient has a story to tell, and I like to tailor my treatment to fit well with the person. I love to learn new techniques and treatment ideas, and be able to bring my knowledge to my patients to improve their lives. I am a firm believer in rehabilitation being a 24/7 activity, not just in the hour they are with me, so I like to provide home exercises for patients to participate in. Through meaningful tasks and activities, I can bring a sense of purpose and enjoyment to my patients.”
Becky has developed clinical expertise in mild brain injury (mTBI)/concussion management. She has a passion for educating patients about pacing and planning activities in their day, and providing strategies for alternative ways to complete tasks to improve success. Because of her work in mTBI, Becky has explored how the visual system impacts daily tasks and activities. She has been an active member of the ABI Outpatient vision clinics since 2008, and finds the visual work she does with patients to be life changing and very rewarding.
Our physiotherapists can help you return to physical activity and improve your activity tolerance with graded exercise programming for balance, strength, flexibility and endurance changes. They can also provide acupuncture for pain, headaches, movement restrictions, dizziness, and sensory changes. Out physiotherapists are also trained in vestibular and visual rehabilitation to assist with dizziness and vision changes after brain injury.
Our rehabilitation therapist works one on one with clients to help them carry our their home programming created with the physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech language pathologist, and/or social worker. Our rehabilitation therapist also facilitates social reintegration by running group programming, for example a community group walking program.
Speech Language Pathology
Our speech language pathologists work with you to develop strategies to improve your memory, attention/concentration, and word finding. This will impact your ability to attend to conversations, tolerate busy environments, and to express yourself in verbal and written forms at home, school, work, or in your community.
Our social worker seeks to provide counselling and support to help clients and their families through the social and emotional issues that arise from brain injury.