From Joe Verna, Spine & Sport: Please find attached recognition and induction of the MTAP into the Official Disability Guidelines (ODG). ODG is the primary guideline to use for treatment request and authorizations for workers' compensation in the state of California as well as many other states in the US. In other words, ODG helps [...]
A study about the EPIC Lift Capacity test, "Age and Gender Normative Data for Lift Capacity", is available as a free download at Matheson Development. Published in WORK 49 (2014) 257269. Abstract BACKGROUND: Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs) are routinely used in physical medicine to ascertain an individual's work ability; with lift capacity being an important [...]
Leonard Matheson, PhD, CVE, CRC, and co-authors Matt Dodson, OTD, and Tim Wolf, OTD were recognized as recipients of the 2012 AOTA Special Interest Section Quarterly Writers Award for their paper “Executive Dysfunction and Work: Tying It All Together”. Work SIS Quarterly. 2011, 25(1) p1–4. AOTA members can read this paper via the SIS Work [...]
The Executive Function Starter Kit (available from Matheson Development) includes items to help professionals and clinics get started in cognitive functional capacity evaluations (CFCE). CFCEs assess executive function, which is an integral part of work-oriented neurorehabilitation (WON).
DATE: Thursday, June 5, 2014 TIME: 2:00pm–3:30pm ET COST: FREE! Seats are limited—Register today! Dr. Leonard Matheson and Tania Percy, B.Sc. (OT), B.A., are among North Americas thought-leaders of cognitive testing as related to hiring, return-to-work, stay-at-work, and life care planning. Join them for an update on developments in the field. The discussion will be [...]
"Development and Reliability Testing of Spanish Language and English Language Versions of the Multidimensional Task Ability Profile" is now available in the following paginated issue of Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation: Volume 23, Issue 2 (2013), Page 220-227.
A research study has been published describing the reliability of the Spanish-language version of the MTAP: Verna JL, Matheson LN, Gables S, Hause R, Mayer JM. (2012). Development and Reliability Testing of Spanish Language and English Language Versions of the Multidimensional Task Ability Profile. J Occup Rehabil. Published online October 13, 2012. DOI 10.1007/s10926-012-9395-8. ABSTRACT [...]
One of the main areas of neurogenesis in the human brain is the hippocampus, the temporary way station in your brain for information before a small portion (less than 1% of all of the information you receive) is retained as memory traces in other parts of the brain. What determines what is retained? One factor [...]
Starting from a stem cell and maturing over three weeks into a fully functional neuron that begins to link with other neurons, neurogenesis offsets neuropathic losses caused by age, illness, or injury. The process continues throughout life, but ebbs and flows, depending on several factors. Neurogenesis requires just-right challenges both to cognitive capacity and to [...]
Most people who become disabled as adults are curious about what has happened, as are their families. This is especially true for people who are high functioning and were in demanding jobs at the onset of their disability. I think part of the sense of frustration and anxiety that people experience is based on not [...]