Cognitive & Behavioural Therapy in Geelong & Surrounds
Memory and Thinking and Behaviours / Cognition:
Difficulties with memory and thinking can be frustrating and have a large impact on day to day functioning. Difficulties with memory and thinking present for many reasons including diagnosis of brain injury, dementia, stress and anxiety as well as normal ageing.
Examples of common reasons people may ask an occupational therapist for help include:
- Difficulties remember short term or longer term information or events following a brain injury
- Difficulty organising your day to ensure you look after yourself
- Forgetting to do important tasks such as eating, shopping or taking your medications,
- Getting lost when in your home home or out and about
- Confusion about familiar faces
- New behaviours following a stroke, brain injury or as a result of a progressive condition. These may be difficulty controlling anger or changes in personality.
How we can help:
Your occupational therapist will work closely with yourself, your health team and your family to complete and assess and identify your goals in relation to your memory and thinking. This may be a more formal assessment such as a pen and paper assessment or by observing you complete a functional task that you are having difficulty with.
We will collect information such as:
- medical history, diagnosis and prognosis
- previous and current daily functions
- your support networks
- your home or community environment
Using the results of the assessment we will assist in identifying your strengths and limitations and then work with you to implement solutions. This may be
- retraining the skill using strategies such as repetition
- or using compensatory techniques such as an alarm or list
- education to family or carers
We work closely with other members of your team in particular neuropsychology or a behavioural specialist to ensure a collaborative approach.
Have a question for the GSOT team?
Occupations are everyday tasks that include things people need to, want to and are expected to do. (WFOT – World Federation of Occupational Therapists). Examples of occupations may be taking care of yourself and / or others, working, community activities and hobbies. Within occupational therapy we work with you to set client centred goals based on your strengths and limitations and work with you to achieve these functional goals.
The amount of funding you need for occupational therapy depends on your goals and your individual situation. We will conduct an initial assessment and following the initial assessment we will complete a report with a therapy plan giving you an indication of funding required to achieve each goal. We will discuss the importance of each goal with you so we can prioritise your funding. We normally suggest that you have 5 hours of funding available for the initial assessment, travel and report writing.
This will depend on your private health insurance. Please discuss with your private health insurance provider. In addition to private health insurance you can visit your GP and obtain a Enhanced Primary Care “EPC” plan for 5 discounted OT sessions.
Our therapists will meet with you at your chosen location. This may be in your home, place of work, in the community or at our clinic location.
We will complete an initial assessment which involves discussing and assessing your current function, limitations and strengths of function and then work together to form an intervention plan to achieve these goals. We will complete a report so you have a list of these goals and associated action plans.
It’s often helpful to have others present for your initial assessment to help provide information, this may be family members, support workers, other health professionals or support coordinators.