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What Is the First OT Appointment Like for a Person with TBI or PTSD?

What Is the First OT Appointment Like for a Person with TBI or PTSD?

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What is the first OT appointment like for a person with TBI or PTSD?

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[Dr. Kristen Maisano] When somebody comes into our office, they may be pretty far post-injury, and they might have been battling this on their own for a significant amount of time. What I usually do is I usually, after we complete the evaluation and I find out what their goal areas are, and I find out what motivates them and what supports them, then I like to kind of sit back and say, "This doesn't have to be like this forever. We can work through this together, and you're not alone. I'm not going to tell you that you are going to be back where you were before I'm not going to tell you I know how you feel because I absolutely do not. But I know that I will be by your side until we get you to a point where you are comfortable and you're okay with where you are."

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Kristen Maisano, OTDKristen Maisano, OTD is an occupational therapist and the interim director of Rehabilitation Services for the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia. She specializes in evaluating and treating military patients with traumatic brain injuries.

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Thank you for your video Kristen Maisano. I wish more people were as thoughtful as you. I wish I could find an OT in Washington that was as considerate and as knowledgeable of TBI as you. God Bless. 

Jul 23rd, 2014 8:30pm


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