Neurological Disorders

Neurological Disorders

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (“DMD”)

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (“DMD”) is a disease that causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. DMD is a genetic disorder causing muscle wasting that only affects boys. It is caused by a lack of protein which leads to a break down in muscle fibres. The condition is progressive and causes muscles to weaken gradually.

SYMPTOMS

  • Difficulty walking long distances
  • Difficulty with ascending and descending the stairs
  • Frequent falling
  • Fatigue affecting writing and school work

HOW WE CAN HELP

  • At Q Enrichment Center, our Occupational Therapist will conduct an extensive comprehensive assessment to determine the type of difficulty, the severity and the effects it has on activities of daily living. A detailed report will be completed along with a treatment plan specific to each individual’s needs.  Recommendations for the safest diet will be made in order to avoid any further health complications.
  • Intervention would focus on:
    • finding alternative methods / compensatory strategies to perform activities of daily living (e.g. bathing, dressing, using the toilet)
    • assessing the home and work environment to identify potential hazards and to create a more functional environment specific to the clients’ needs
    • recommending special equipment or assistive devices for use at home, school or work
    • teaching the client and caregiver how to properly use adaptive equipment, like orthotics, braces, or wheelchairs
    • recommending exercises to maintain fine motor skills and coordination
    • teaching the client and/or caregiver on exercises and home programmes for carryover in the home.
    • educating the client and caregiver on energy effectiveness strategies
    • environmental and behavioural modifications (home and job-site)

Myasthenia Gravis

Myasthenia Gravis (“MG”) is a rare autoimmune disorder that causes weakness of certain muscles.  

  • MG is classified as an autoimmune disorder as the body’s immune system attacks the receptors in the body that allow the nerves and muscles to communicate with each other.
  • The cause is unknown
  • Any voluntary muscle may be affected, but the eye muscles, face muscles, and muscles that control breathing and limb movement are most likely to be affected
  • Most people occasionally experience periods of generalized weakness
  • Symptoms generally worsen with physical activity and improve with rest

SYMPTOMS

  • Weakened eye muscles may lead to blurred or double vision
  • If the limbs are affected, people may have difficulty walking or performing activities of daily living

HOW WE CAN HELP

  • At Q Enrichment Center, our Occupational Therapist will conduct an extensive comprehensive assessment to determine the type of difficulty, the severity and the effects it has on activities of daily living. A detailed report will be completed along with a treatment plan specific to each individual’s needs.  Recommendations for the safest diet will be made in order to avoid any further health complications.
  • Intervention would focus on:
    • finding alternative methods / compensatory strategies to perform activities of daily living (e.g. bathing, dressing, using the toilet)
    • assessing the home and work environment to identify potential hazards and to create a more functional environment specific to the clients’ needs
    • recommending special equipment or assistive devices for use at home, school or work
    • teaching the client and caregiver how to properly use adaptive equipment, like orthotics, braces, or wheelchairs
    • recommending exercises to maintain fine motor skills and coordination
    • educating the client on energy effectiveness strategies and stress management techniques
    • environmental and behavioural modifications (home and job-site)

Motor Neuron Disease (“MND”)

Motor Neuron Disease (“MND”) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (“ALS”) is a progressive neurological disease that affects the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord impacting voluntary muscle movement.

  • MND or ALS results in progressive muscle weakness and wasting, usually first affecting limbs, trunk regions, without sensory disturbance
  • Can lead to decreasing mobility and postural changes
  • Can affect adults of any age

SYMPTOMS

  • Individuals stumbling, falls or trips
  • Foot drop
  • Loss of dexterity
  • Weakened grip
  • Cramps
  • Tremors
  • Change in voice quality, such as quiet or slurred speech
  • Muscle wasting
  • Loss of function in limbs
  • Weakness and wasting of muscles of the trunk and neck

HOW WE CAN HELP

  • At Q Enrichment Center, our Occupational Therapist will conduct an extensive comprehensive assessment to determine the type of difficulty, the severity and the effects it has on activities of daily living. A detailed report will be completed along with a treatment plan specific to each individual’s needs.
  • Intervention would focus on:
    • finding alternative methods / compensatory strategies to perform activities of daily living (e.g. bathing, dressing, using the toilet)
    • assessing the home and work environment to identify potential hazards and to create a more functional environment specific to the clients’ needs
    • recommending special equipment or assistive devices for use at home, school or work
    • teaching the client and caregiver how to properly use adaptive equipment, like orthotics, braces or wheelchairs
    • recommending exercises to maintain fine motor skills and coordination
    • educating the client and caregiver on energy effectiveness strategies and stress management techniques
    • environmental and behavioural modifications (home and job-site)

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“What a fantastic team at Q Enrichment Center. I 100% recommend them for any family. They conduct themselves in the most professional attitude all around, they are welcoming and my son enjoyed the service thoroughly. Thanks again.”
– Jean (Mother of child client)

“Q Enrichment Center has “A brilliant speech therapist she single handily helped me overcome the difficulties of dysphagia. Her work truly is a vocation, her desire for me to make a full recovery was just as strong if not stronger than my own. By far the best therapist I was fortunate enough to deal with.”
– Chris (Male adult client)

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