Access to the right equipment can be a game changer for independence and quality of life. Hear from an Occupational Therapist about incorporating specific equipment into your daily routine, and hear from members of the SCIO community about the equipment that has helped them.
Features from Episode 6
Sylvia is a Registered Occupational Therapist. She has over 15 years of experience working as an OT with extensive experience working with clients with neurological conditions and complex clinical presentations. Sylvia’s current practice is with Complex Injury Rehab Inc. providing both clinic and community-based Occupational Therapy services.
Christine Honsl sustained a spinal cord injury in 1990. Trained as a social worker, Christine was very independent for many years. She joins us today to share strategies to maintain quality of life with aging.
Whether you’re newly injured or have been injured for a long while, using assistive devices and equipment can help you in your day-to-day life. Tory catches up with Mike Johnson in his home town of Collingwood.
Sylvia Coates OT Reg.(Ont.)
Occupational Therapist, Complex Injury Rehab Inc.
Sylvia Coates is a Registered Occupational Therapist (OT). She has extensive experience working with clients with neurological conditions and complex injuries. Sylvia’s current practice is with Complex Injury Rehab Inc. providing both clinic and community-based Occupational Therapy services. She is certified in Advanced NDT and Bobath and an ADP Authorizer for Seating and Mobility Devices/Rehab Seating. Sylvia is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Program.
Christine Honsl has a Biology degree and Masters in Social Work. She lives in her own house with her cat which she renovated 20 years ago to suit her needs. Christine has been active in adapted recreation over the years with scuba diving, kayaking, swimming and active wheeling in nature. Now 32 years post spinal cord injury, Christine is currently interested in doing advocacy around home care, spinal cord injury care and promoting compassion in health care.
My name is Michael Johnson and I am proud to have survived and then thrived following a spinal cord injury in 1995, which resulted in quadriplegia. Coping with such a devastating permanent injury was quite a challenge mentally and physically; however, focusing on what I had vs. what I lost helped me to move on in a positive direction. I completed a degree in psychology, followed up by a Masters in Business. Soon after completing my MBA I launched SCI Supply Inc. – an online medical supply company. I have grown the company for the past 12 years and I take great satisfaction in knowing we provide fantastic service to people across Canada and the US.