Neuro OT – understanding a client’s value and belief systems - an evidence-based approach
Effective rehabilitation and, specifically, Neuro OT are only beneficial if time has been taken to understand the person before commencing rehabilitation. Understanding an individual’s values, motivators and aspirations are an essential foundation to effective outcomes.
Occupational Therapists use activities within a rehabilitation framework to promote health and wellbeing. We know that activities have to be relevant and meaningful to the individual to be effective.
The need for activities to be relevant is especially important after brain injury, where the focus of rehabilitation is to help an individual return to activities they undertook prior to their injury. The Neuro OT has to take time to understand the person and what makes them unique; it is essential that consideration is given to the person as a whole, before and after their injury, with the starting point being their view of themselves.
... as difficult and painful as life can be, it is worth something to be in the present, alive, and doing ones daily bit.
A unique view
We are all unique in our view of the world, or to put it another way, our view from the inside and our view of the outside. These two perspectives are bound together and contribute to our thoughts, perception, sense of self and our day-to-day performance. This view refers to the experience of being and knowing the world through a particular body.
Our view of the outside is the objective perspective, in other words our ability to view the world from outside of our body. Our view from the inside is the subjective perspective, i.e. our inner thoughts, feelings and perceptions. These two views feed into our occupational performance.