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Here's the latest from the Delaware Valley's number-one-ranked rehabilitation facility. To see older items, check the archive.

Camp Independence Looking for Staff

 

MARCH 2, 2015
Camp Independence, our week-long, overnight, camping program for individuals 18 years of age and older with disabilities, has openings for staff this summer.

The camp will run from Sunday, August 16, 2015 to Saturday, August 22, 2015 with staff orientation occurring Saturday, August 15, 2015.

Read more: Camp Independence Looking for Staff

   

Former MossRehab Patient Uses Twitter to Help With Memory Deficit

MARCH 2, 2015
Former MossRehab brain injury patient Thomas Anthony Dixon was on FOX 29 recently talking about how he uses a locked Twitter account to help with his episodic memory deficit.

Dixon was working as a research coordinator at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and studying to become a psychiatrist when he sustained a severe brain injury while being hit by a car while running in 2010. While the injury didn't affect his cognitive ability, it did impact both his ability to retain information over periods of time and to remember context from experiences. Social media has become a major part of his coping mechanism.

Read more: Former MossRehab Patient Uses Twitter to Help With Memory Deficit

   

OT Melissa Meyers Discusses Stroke Support for Younger Population

FEBRUARY 27, 2015
Medical Anchor Kearni Warren from Health & Wellness, a Web series on healthy living in the Greater Philadelphia area, recently sat down with Occupational Therapist Melissa (Muller) Meyers, OTD, OTR/L, at MossRehab in Jenkintown to discuss MossRehab's approach to empowering people who have had strokes.

In the interview, which was produced by the Arcadia University School of Global Business, Meyers discusses her creation of the Young Empowerment Stroke Support Group in response to the growing number of younger people experiencing strokes.

Read more: OT Melissa Meyers Discusses Stroke Support for Younger Population

   

OT Kristin Beltz Discusses New Approaches to Working with Stroke Patients

 

FEBRUARY 27, 2015
Medical Anchor Kearni Warren from Health & Wellness, a Web series on healthy living in the Greater Philadelphia area, recently sat down with Occupational Therapist Kristin Beltz, OTR/L, at MossRehab in Jenkintown to discuss new approaches to working with stroke patients.

In the interview, which was produced by th Arcadia University School of Global Business, Beltz explains the challenges that the stroke patient faces, and how MossRehab is using innovative new concepts in occupational therapy to help the patient regain as much independence as possible. 

Read more: OT Kristin Beltz Discusses New Approaches to Working with Stroke Patients

   

Moss Research Director Speaking at Traumatic Brain Injury Conference

FEBRUARY 19, 2015
John Whyte, MD, PhD, director of the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute, will be speaking at the 5th Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference in Washington in April.

Dr. Whyte will be talking about the need for effective treatments for brain injury care and rehabilitation that are supported by the kind of rigorous evidence provided by randomized controlled trials. Such trials are complex and costly and, if undertaken with insufficient preliminary research and planning, may not yield clear conclusions.

Read more: Moss Research Director Speaking at Traumatic Brain Injury Conference

   

A Video Thank You to Adopt-a-Patient Contributors

FEBRUARY 18, 2015
Each year, the Einstein Healthcare Network/MossRehab family - leaders, physicians, nurses, employees and the community - join together to provide gifts to patients who are spending the holidays in the hospital.

In 2014, we provided a record 1,200 blankets to patients, a gift of warmth that produced smiles throughout the Einstein Network. 

Read more: A Video Thank You to Adopt-a-Patient Contributors

   

Dates Set for Art Therapy Spring Session

Students at Art Museum

FEBRUARY 13, 2015
Throughout the year, MossRehab's Art Therapy Program and the Philadelphia Museum of Art team up to provide an opportunity for people with disabilities to express themselves, cope with their limitations, and develop fine motor skills and dexterity while also connecting with one of the world's great art institutions.

The program includes:

  • A special, adaptive tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Three art therapy sessions where you'll create art based on what inspired you at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Submission of your art to possibly be exhibited in the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Education Corridor during their Community Partner exhibit, called "Bridges" held each year.
  • Showing of your work in a special exhibit at our "All About Art" exhibit of artwork by professional artists with disabilities

Read more: Dates Set for Art Therapy Spring Session

   

Celebrating Therapeutic Recreation Month

February is Therapeutic Recreation Month and to celebrate the amazing work our recreational therapists do here at MossRehab, we are profiling them periodically throughout the month.

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Marya Camilleri, MA

Campus: Elkins Park

Years as a Therapeutic Recreational Therapist: Three-and-a-half years as a therapeutic recreational aide, two years as an art therapy intern, four-and-a-half years as an art therapist

Years here at MossRehab: Seven

Why did you become a Therapeutic Recreational Therapist? I became an Art Therapist because I have personally experienced a lot of healing through art, and I wanted to be able to engage others in the creative process to facilitate healing, reconciliation, transformation and growth. Art Therapy is a great way to promote holistic health because it simultaneously engages people physically, cognitively, psychologically, socially and emotionally

What is your favorite activity to do with your patients? In general, I enjoy encouraging patients to express themselves through symbolism and metaphors by having them create images and then discuss those images to gain new insights about themselves, e.g., "a tree to represent yourself and your recovery process"; or "a bridge to represent your transition from home to hospital or hospital to home." In inpatient, I enjoy being able to collaborate with the treatment team and use art therapy to support the goals of PT, OT, SLP, TR, etc. In outpatient, I love taking participants on tours at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and empowering them and supporting their personal and creative development as they create artwork and then display it at the PMA's annual "Bridges" exhibit.

Read more: Celebrating Therapeutic Recreation Month

   

MossRehab Psychiatrist Speaking About Depression

FEBRUARY 9, 2015
MossRehab psychiatrist Inder Dalshan Kalra, MD, will be discussing depression as part of the Beth Sholom Don't Ignore It - Don't Forget It Lecture Series.

Dr. Kalra's presentation will take place on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. at Beth Sholom Congregation, 8231 Old York Road, Elkins Park, Pa. 

Read more: MossRehab Psychiatrist Speaking About Depression

   

Learn to Be a Disability Etiquette Trainer

FEBRUARY 6, 2014
Is it OK to pet a service dog? Will my colleague mind if I touch his wheelchair? Is it rude to ask my customer to repeat her order if I don’t understand what she’s saying?

There is an etiquette to interacting with people with disabilities, and we can teach it to you.

MossRehab's It's Just Respect program aims to educate people—whether it be in the workplace, a retail business or out in the community—about disability etiquette. It's about making people comfortable in their interactions with people with disabilities. It is also makes good business sense for anyone who has customers or colleagues with disabilities.

Read more: Learn to Be a Disability Etiquette Trainer

   

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