With spring in the air and the anticipation of new things to come we would like to share an article with you we received from Caroline Khambatta, about a new treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorders.

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We all love the accelerating feeling we get when we participate in activities that give us pleasure and joy such as socialising with friends, partaking in physical activities and sports as well as relaxation. And as professionals working with individuals with disabilities we recognise the importance of leisure activities in promoting quality of life and social integration. However with the nights drawing in engagement in our usual leisure activities and hobbies can become more difficult. If you are less able though, due to a disability or the natural ageing process, just accessing hobbies and enjoyable activities can be challenging at the best of times. So in this month newsletter we would like to focus on some of the physical leisure pursuits we have facilitated our clients to return to and enjoy despite their residual physical disabilities.

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We continue to take on new referrals, they are a varied and interesting group of clients allowing us both to get involved in what we enjoy most - working with clients and the challenges of assessments and treatments.

People often ask us about return to driving following their illness and with their changed level of ability.

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Following an initially busy administrative period expanding IRS, we are now pleased for things to be settling down and enjoying the opportunity to take on new referrals. Our blog and testimonials page are also up and running (www.irs.gb.com) and we have recently been interviewed by a local newspaper on the role of an Occupational Therapist and the services offered by IRS. Additionally we have been asked by the editor of Choice magazine to provide a monthly feature, which we are looking forward to writing.

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Since the expansion of Independent Rehabilitation Services (IRS) earlier this year things have been both exiting and busy for Jayne and myself.

We have now become recognised providers for several private medical insurances and our referral rate has steadily increased and we are continuing to meet with case managers, private physios, vocational rehabilitation services, GP practice managers and support groups to discuss the services we are offering.

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Declan McNichol

Bill Young

Angela Gordon

Birgit Rathje-Vale

Helen Smart