Occupational Performance Center (OPC)

The Occupational Performance Center (OPC) is a work assessment rehabilitation program that is unlike others in the St. Louis area. Our teams’ expertise in neurological conditions and the impact they can have on thinking skills and physical performance makes us stand apart from the rest.  Occupational Therapists in the Occupational Performance Center work with individuals from adolescence to adulthood to assess their “readiness” to return to work, school, or community life following an injury or diagnosis. By gaining a deeper understanding of the person’s mental and physical abilities our team help patients’ set goals, make positive changes, and successfully engage in life roles again.

Our Occupational Therapists partner with clients in an outpatient setting to address individual vocational needs.  Services may include:

  • Analyzing mental and physical essential job functions along with the patients’ actual job performance to determine needed modifications or accommodations which can promote greater success.
  • Helping patients find ways to successfully manage chronic or progressive health conditions in the home, community, and workplace.
  • Meeting with employers to help with advocacy and facilitating productive discussions regarding work performance expectations and accommodations.
  • Providing guidance to college students regarding school readiness, goals, accommodations, and study habits.
  • Exploring alternative options for community engagement for those in need of a new role.
  • Creatively evaluating assistive technology options and how to acquire them. Skilled instruction on how to apply to school/work for increased ease and performance.
  • Helping patients transition to disability status or productive retirement role.

Learn more and see if the Occupational Performance Center can be a valuable resource for you!

Post Concussion Syndrome and Support Group

Most of us have heard of the term concussion but not many are familiar with the diagnosis of Post Concussion Syndrome.  This diagnosis occurs when symptoms of a concussion linger beyond the normal time frame for healing.  Symptoms may include:

  •  headaches
  • sensitivity to noise and lights
  • changes in vision
  • ringing in ears
  • dizziness
  • balance issues
  • loss of coordination
  • difficulty thinking
  • mood changes
  • interruptions in normal sleep patterns

Though they may look fine on the outside, people with post-concussion syndrome often have a much different story under the surface.  Functioning in community, work and school environments can be tough with the above symptoms. Social relationships often suffer and the person may feel anxious and alone. OT can help the person with this diagnosis to learn how to identify and manage symptoms in a controlled way in order to help them ease back to normal life again. March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month.

For those in the community looking for additional resources, Washington University Occupational Therapy hosts a monthly Post Concussion Support Group to allow others to meet and gain support in their journey to recovery. The group meets the last Friday of every month. For more information about the support group please contact, Debbie Turley and to learn how OT can help with Post Concussion syndrome and other acquired brain injuries or traumatic brain injuries visit our Occupational Performance Center.