Stroke of Insight

How can patients continue to improve after OT?

I recently read "My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey" by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D. There are lot of books out there about recovering from CVAs but Dr. Taylor's is seemingly the most popular. It was NYTimes best seller. Her TED talk is the 2nd most viewed TED talk of all time.  

Why would this be a good book for an OT to read?

  • Dr. Taylor describes in detail her experience of having a stroke. While the narrative is in no way representative of everyone's experience, it does provide insight into her personal experience.
  • Dr. Taylor compiled a list of the "40 things I need most" for recovery. Among which are good reminders for OTs (for example #24. Break all actions down into smaller steps of action). 
  • This could be a good resource if you are looking to brush up on the basics of R vs. L brain and neuroplasticity.

I think the most valuable thing that I gained from this book was that it got my brain jogging on what happens after OT or in Dr. Taylor's case simply after discharge from the hospital (she only qualified for SLP services even though she still had a long way to go in returning to higher order tasks). In our parting sessions with CVA patients, what tools are we giving them to continue developing higher order skills? The book shares about Dr. Taylor's own challenges in returning to higher order tasks such as traveling alone for the first time and return to work.  I think Luminosity was mentioned specifically as a tool she used.  From her site, I gleaned that Dr. Taylor is working on creating some games for neurological recovery.

Are there tools the OT community needs to be developing for recovery of neuro skills?

Are there good tools out there that I'm missing for people to continue working on cognitive skills even after OT has plateaued?