Research & Initiatives

Blending Science and Compassion

ARBI is committed to collaborating with researchers to support innovative projects that aim to improve the quality of life for individuals living with a brain injury. Keeping current on the latest findings in neuroscience and rehabilitation enables us to offer state-of-the-art technology and advanced programs to our clients. Our team of research advisors and staff are dedicated to our clients’ road to recovery, paving each step of the way with leading edge research and developments.

COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT MEASURE FOR THE MINIMALLY RESPONSIVE INDIVIDUAL (CAMMRI)
This comprehensive assessment was developed and piloted at ARBI for use with minimally responsive brain injury clients to better quantify changes in responsiveness. The measure is comprised of three main areas: Response to the Environment, Motor Control, and Communication and Swallowing. Research conducted at ARBI investigating the validity data of this assessment supports the use of the CAMMRI for minimally conscious adults with an acquired brain injury (ABI) to measure behavioural changes and plan treatment for this population.

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CARING FOR THE STROKE CAREGIVER
ARBI’s Caregiver Support Group was developed to aid in addressing the need for social and emotional support and to mitigate burnout among caregivers. The group aims to provide psychoeducation, the opportunity for peer support and interaction, and skill building strategies for caregivers. Annual surveys conducted with this group indicate its effectiveness in promoting a better understanding of stressors associated with caregiving as well as its helpfulness in managing caregiver responsibilities.

INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH TO ACTIVITY-BASED STROKE REHABILITATION
ARBI uses an activity-based interdisciplinary program model to address client needs while ensuring meaningful and functional practice during the recovery process. Instead of assessing underlying impairments and targeting them for remediation of disability, ARBI assesses the impact disability has on one’s life roles first. Therapists acquire a more holistic view of helping clients achieve their rehabilitation goals. Ongoing evaluation of this approach takes place through the use of standardized assessment measures, reinforcing the need for therapeutic approaches to complement client’s motivation and relevant functional goals through all stages of recovery.

BRIDGING THE KNOWLEDGE GAP FOR STROKE REHABILITATION VOLUNTEERS
Feedback from our valued volunteers pointed to a need for more knowledge around why our stroke rehabilitation program is designed the way it is, how to deliver efficient and effective programs, and who our clients are. In response to this, ARBI developed the following workshops which are offered on an ongoing basis to volunteers and students: Emotional and Behavioural Consequences of Stroke and Brain Injury, Activity-Based Rehabilitation and Neuroplasticity and Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA™).

SAEBOFLEX® STUDY
ARBI initiated a pilot project exploring the SaeboFlex® orthosis. This study focused on measuring the effectiveness of this device in upper extremity therapy for stroke and brain injury clients. Standardized assessment measures were used, and favourable results related to shoulder movement, muscle tone, coordination, dexterity and functionality were observed.

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