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Video games improve brain connections in multiple sclerosis patients

Video games improve brain connections in multiple sclerosis patients | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
Playing 'brain-training' video games may help improve some cognitive abilities of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) by strengthening neural connections in an important part of their brains...
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NBCOT Certification Renewal, Pros and Cons

NBCOT Certification Renewal, Pros and Cons | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
The last few months I have been struggling with a decision all nationally certified occupational therapists must deal with now every three years. That is whether or not to renew my NBCOT certificat...
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How Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapy Providers Should Use LinkedIn

How Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapy Providers Should Use LinkedIn | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
If you have a occupational, physical or speech therapy private practice, LinkedIn can help you connect with referral sources and market your practice.
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Older, but still relevant.

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Occupational therapy and mental health: ‘It’s not about basket weaving’

Occupational therapy and mental health: ‘It’s not about basket weaving’ | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
Occupational therapy for mental health patients helps people live fulfilling and meaningful lives
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There's really not enough stories out there about OT in mental health.

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Joystick attachment

Joystick attachment | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
For people with limited dexterity in their hands and fingers, using regular joysticks for computers, game consoles or electric wheelchairs is often too hard and can slow them down.With the use of a 3D printer, we are able to create an inexpensive and highly customisable joystick controller. It can be customised to the user’s grip or control preference allowing for greater control than the average injection moulded knob.Simply unscrew the plastic knob that is on the user’s joystick an
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Further evidence that 3D printers can help revolutionize the OT world!

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Scientists identify main component of brain repair after stroke

Scientists identify main component of brain repair after stroke | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
NIH-funded research pinpoints protein that sprouts into action, activating stroke repair.
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How Coca-Cola affects your body when you drink it

How Coca-Cola affects your body when you drink it | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
A British pharmacist has created an infographic that he claims reveals what happens to the body within 1 hour of drinking Coca-Cola and other caffeinated fizzy drinks.
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Can playing Tetris reduce intrusive memories?

Can playing Tetris reduce intrusive memories? | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
A new study finds playing Tetris after reactivating emotional memories could reduce the occurrence of intrusive memories - a common symptom in people with PTSD.
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Severely impaired stroke survivors regain arm function after intensive physical therapy

Severely impaired stroke survivors regain arm function after intensive physical therapy | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
Time may heal all wounds, but in the case of stroke survivors, the key to better recovery is to spend more time in an intensive physical therapy program, according to a University of Florida...
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New music strategy shows 70 percent increase in exercise adherence

New music strategy shows 70 percent increase in exercise adherence | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
The use of personalized music playlists with tempo-pace synchronization increases adherence to cardiac rehab by almost 70 per cent--according to a study published in Sports Medicine -Open.
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Biogen Reports Its Alzheimer’s Drug Sharply Slowed Cognitive Decline - NYTimes.com

Biogen Reports Its Alzheimer’s Drug Sharply Slowed Cognitive Decline - NYTimes.com | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it

An experimental drug for Alzheimer's Disease sharply slowed the decline in mental function in a small clinical trial, researchers reported Friday, reviving hopes for an approach to therapy that until now has experienced repeated failures.

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Robots for stroke rehabilitation | University of Hertfordshire

Robots for stroke rehabilitation | University of Hertfordshire | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it

"Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire and a team of European partners have developed a prototype of a robotic glove which stroke suffers can use in their own home to support rehabilitation and personal independence in receiving therapies."

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World's first 'bionic reconstructions' of hands performed

World's first 'bionic reconstructions' of hands performed | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
For the first time ever, three men from Austria have undergone a groundbreaking procedure that enables them to control robotic prosthetic hands controlled by their minds.
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This glove could make eating easier for those with Parkinson’s disease

This glove could make eating easier for those with Parkinson’s disease | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
A spinning disc on a patient's hand could make it less of a hassle to eat.
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Still needs further testing but initial indications look promising.

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Study: Yoga Builds Bone, Reverses Osteoporosis

Study: Yoga Builds Bone, Reverses Osteoporosis | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it

"A 10-year peer-reviewed study has shown that 12 minutes of yoga, done daily, can build bone, reverse osteoporosis, and improve bone quality without causing injury."

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Important evidence based practice knowledge for practitioners with older adult clients.

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Why do you never see a Lego mini-figure with a disability? | Rebecca Atkinson

Why do you never see a Lego mini-figure with a disability? | Rebecca Atkinson | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
The world’s largest toy company is excluding 150 million disabled children by failing to positively represent them in its products
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Why Lego? Why?

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How playing 3D video games could help boost memory - Medical News Today

How playing 3D video games could help boost memory - Medical News Today | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
"3D games may increase neuronal growth, signaling in the hippocampus"
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3D video game training is a viable route to maintain cognitive health!

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Better memory linked to physical activity

Better memory linked to physical activity | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
Older adults who took more steps as part of a new study scored better on memory tasks than those who were sedentary. The findings have implications for age-related memory decline.
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The list of health benefits that accompany staying physically active is lengthy, but a new study suggests a further advantage; older adults who take more steps - either by walking or jogging - score better on memory tasks than their sedentary peers.

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Inspired By Her Grandmother, This Designer is Making Custom Tableware to Improve the Lives of Dementia Patients

Inspired By Her Grandmother, This Designer is Making Custom Tableware to Improve the Lives of Dementia Patients | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
'Eatwell' merges form and function to make the simple act of feeding oneself easier, and more dignified for those suffering from cognitive impairments.
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"A complete tableware set created specifically for patients suffering from cognitive impairments."

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Tech’s Next Frontier: Removing Barriers for Disabled People

Tech’s Next Frontier: Removing Barriers for Disabled People | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
The Americans With Disabilities Act transformed the physical world for people with disabilities. Now it's time to transform the digital world, as well.
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Can virtual reality help stroke patients recover arm movement?

Can virtual reality help stroke patients recover arm movement? | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
Patients who have impaired arm movement due to stroke can benefit from virtual reality therapy, suggests a new study, after participants regained use of paretic limbs.
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Smart watches and apps can make life easier for ADHD children

Smart watches and apps can make life easier for ADHD children | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
Researchers believe that children with autism or ADHD can benefit from technologies originally developed for the elderly.
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Video game developed at USC lets patients play through rehab

Video game developed at USC lets patients play through rehab | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
Therapists and game developers at the University of Southern California have teamed to develop Mystic Isle, a game that quantifies and tracks patients’ movements as they tackle a series of rehab ex...
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Autism Village | Easily Find Autism Friendly Places

Autism Village | Easily Find Autism Friendly Places | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
A FREE app that helps the autism community to: find, add, rate, and review places based on their autism friendliness.
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Help support an invaluable Kickstarter app project!

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Heritability of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Heritability of Autism Spectrum Disorder | Occupational Therapy Inspiration | Scoop.it
This population-based twin study estimates that the liability to autism spectrum disorder derives primarily from additive genetic and to a lesser extent nonshared environmental effects.
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