Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Activity Restrictions, Limitations

  • Brian YochimEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_385


This idea refers to restrictions prescribed by clinicians who treat patients with recent strokes, head injuries, or other neurological conditions, after a neurological event has left the patient with deficits in important areas of functioning. Patients are often restricted from driving, cooking, managing finances, or completing other instrumental activities of daily living after a neurological event. The activities of focus must be tailored to the patient and can range from restrictions in playing professional sports to restrictions in managing small amounts of cash.

Current Knowledge

Rehabilitation professionals encounter patients whose injuries have left them with deficits both in physical and cognitive realms. Strokes and traumatic brain injuries can cause physical impairments in walking, swallowing, use of an arm and/or leg, communication, and other important skills. Injuries can also lead to cognitive deficits in memory, executive functioning, social functioning,...

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References and Readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Colorado at Colorado SpringsColorado SpringsUSA