Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy (OT) is the use of assessment and treatment to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of people with a physical, mental, or cognitive disorder. Occupational therapists focus much of their work on identifying and eliminating environmental barriers to independence and participation in daily activities. Occupational therapy is a patient-catered practice that places emphasis on the progress towards the patient’s goals. Occupational therapy interventions focus on adapting the environment, modifying the task, teaching the skill, and educating the patient/family in order to increase participation in performance of daily activities, particularly those that are meaningful to the patient. Occupational therapists work closely with multidisciplinary professionals e.g. physiotherapists, speech therapists, rehabilitation psychologist and social worker, nursing and the community health providers.

Services provided at I-NK:

  • Improve arousability, awareness, orientation (Coma Stimulation Program)
  • Early mobilization
  • Positioning of neurological patients to prevent deformity, contracture and bed sores
  • Orthotics, splints, braces and casts
  • Desensitization
  • Sensory re-education
  • Sensory integration therapy (SIT)
  • Neurodevelopmental Therapy
  • Brunstorm’s and Rood’s approach for improving motor recovery in stroke patients
  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)
  • Constraint induced movement therapy (CIMT)
  • Driving assessment to return to driving
  • Mirror visual feedback therapy
  • Visual rehabilitation
  • Cognitive perceptual retraining
  • Activity of daily living (ADL) retraining/training
  • Environmental modification
  • Joint protection, energy conservation and work simplification training
  • Ergonomic modification
  • Life style modification
  • Virtual Reality Rehabilitation
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation
  • Fluidotherapy
  • Robotic hand therapy to improve hand function in stroke patients
  • Research and development

Patient population:

  • Cardio vascular accident (CVA)/Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injury (SCI)
  • Parkinsonism
  • Dystonia
  • Movement disorders
  • Motor neuron disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Work related repetitive joint stress:
    1. Carpel tunnel syndrome
    2. Low back pain and other similar conditions
  • Developmental disorders like
    1. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
    2. Cerebral palsy
    3. Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)
    4. Down’s syndrome
    5. Learning disorders
    6. Developmental coordination disorders
    7. Muscular dystrophy and other similar conditions

Abhirupa Chakraborty

  • BOT from National Institute for Locomotor Disabilities, Kolkata in 2017
  • MOT from Swami Vivekanand National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research, Cuttack in 2019
  • Joined Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata in March 2020
  • Research work: Effectiveness of arm movement on improving postural control in spastic diplegic cerebral palsy
  • Special interest:
    1. Sensory processing disorders
    2. Paediatric, neurologic & orthopaedic disorders and conditions

Aswini Kumar Baljogi

  • Bachelor in Occupational Therapy from Swami Vivekanand National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research (SVNIRTAR), Utkal University.
  • Master in Occupational Therapy with specialization in Orthopedic Rehabilitation from National Institute of Locomotor Disability (NILD) Kolkata
  • Research on –
    1. Effect of arm cranking activity along with wheelchair skill training on wheelchair mobility among wheelchair dependent paraplegics
    2. Inclined figure 8 board for improving shoulder mobility and ROM in stroke patients
  • Joined Institute of Neurosciences in 2019

Sushree Ipsita

  • Bachelor in Occupational Therapy from Swami Vivekanand National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research (SVNIRTAR), Cuttack, Odisha Utkal University, in 2013.
  • Master in Occupational Therapy with the Specialization in ‘Hand rehabilitation’, from Swami Vivekanand National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research (SVNIRTAR), Cuttack, Odisha, in 2017.
  • Research work- To compare the effect of kinesiotaping adjunctively with hand exercise on hand function of stage 1 & stage 2 of Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Special interest- Hand rehabilitation
  • Joined on I-NK in 2021

Janardan Patra

  • Bachelor in Occupational Therapy from Swami Vivekanand National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research (SVNIRTAR), Utkal University in 2014.
  • Master in Occupational Therapy with the Specialization in ‘Rehabilitation’, from Swami Vivekanand National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research (SVNIRTAR), Cuttack, Odisha, in 2018.
  • Fellowship in Neurorehabilitation, Apollo Hospital, Hyderabad in 2016.
  • Research work on –
    1. Inclined standing unit for children with cerebral palsy
    2. Effects of Cognitive Training on Gait Parameter While Talking During Walking Among Stroke Survivors
  • Joined Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata in 2019.

Pew Majumdar Dutta

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from National Institute for Locomotor Disabilities (Kolkata)
  • Masters in Occupational Therapy from All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Mumbai) [Specialized in Pediatric Developmental Disabilities]
  • Special interest in :-
    1. Pediatric /Adult neurological problems,
    2. Early intervention, NICU therapy program,
    3. Orthopaedical hand injuries,
    4. Stroke hand,
    5. Dyslexia,
    6. Handwriting Problems,
    7. Wheelchair Prescription,
    8. Virtual Reality Gaming
    Technology application,
    9. Cognitive Rehabilitation,
    10. Coma Stimulation,
    11. Handicapped Driving
    Assessment
  • Publication:- topic- “Comparison of visual motor integration skills in pre- school children” Journal- International Journal of Health Sciences and Research, 2020
  • Award- Medical research honors for outstanding dissertation entitled “Comparison of visual motor integration skills in pre- school children” at All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mumbai, in 2017 from Occupational Therapy department.

Ruth Nivedita Singh

  • BOT from Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore in 2013
  • MOT from Swami Vivekanand National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research, (SVNIRTAR), Odisha Utkal University, Cuttack in 2019 (Specialization in Developmental Disabilities)
  • Occupational Therapist and Project Officer - Community Based Rehabilitation project in Baptist Christian Hospital, Assam, India (A unit of Emmanuel Hospital Association, New Delhi) May 2014- March 2017.
  • Research work: Effect of adult playfulness in children with Autism
  • Special interest:
    1. Cognitive rehabilitation
    2. Hand rehabilitation
    3. Wheelchair assessment & prescription
  • Joined Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata in March 2021

Coma stimulation

Occupational Therapy

Videos

Adaptation and modificationsto relearn self care skills

Adaptive devices

Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) induced training to hemiplegic patient

Hand function retraining for upper limb neurological dysfunction

Kitchen task retraining with adaptive devices

Transfer training