Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Jan Stube


Brain injuries -- rehabilitation; Brain injuries -- therapy


A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury to the brain, which results in dysfunction in an individual’s physical, cognitive, and pychosocial functioning. Currently, information on the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions for clients post- TBI is limited. Research has been conducted to develop overall recommendations for clinical practice with this population. It is of interest to the occupational therapy community and the clients that they serve to have a description of effective occupationbased activities, based on current literature, that also consider the functional gains made by clients overtime. This protocol considers the functional gains of the TBI client with a focus on supported employment. This protocol highlights a case study to demonstrate the use of cognitive rehabilitation and supported employment as an effective approach for decreasing dysfunction.

The methodology used to develop this researched based protocol of interventions begins with a review of neuroscience, followed by literature on unmet needs, cognitive rehabilitation, and supported employment. The result is a protocol using a case study format that focuses on cognitive rehabilitation and supported employment interventions. It is designed to be reactive and flexible to met the needs of each individual client. This information will add to the body of knowledge and will assist in directing the choice of interventions used by occupational therapist for the adult traumatic brain injury population.