What is Neuro-IFRAH®?
Neuro-Integrative Functional Rehabilitation And Habilitation (Neuro-IFRAH®) is an approach originated by Waleed Al-Oboudi, MOT, OTR/L. Mr. Al-Oboudi is
known nationally and internationally for his concepts and clinical skills.
The unique name of the approach was originated by the author to give an overall idea to the reader regarding the scope of this approach. The word Neuro- was
selected because this approach is intended for patients who are affected by lesions at the level of the brain stem and above. The word Integrative was selected to describe that this approach is
integrative on all levels. It is integrative of all systems of the person as well as all information past and present. It is integrative of all internal as well as external variables and combinations
and products of these variables affecting patient response, normal or otherwise. It is integrative and inclusive of fields of study as well as bodies of information. It is integrative in terms of
variables related to therapists, the rehabilitation team, rehabilitation programs, facilities, home, community, and other environmental variables…It is integrative at all these levels and much more.
Any variable that has an affect on the patient needs to be considered. The word Functional means meets intended purpose or need, thus the word functional was selected because this approach is
functional. All aspects of rehabilitation and habilitation are individualized to meet the patients intended purpose or need. The words Rehabilitation and Habilitation were selected because this is
what we do in therapy. It encompasses many aspects of therapy, thus there is no reason to find other words. One aspect of rehabilitation is to restore to the fullest physical, mental, social,
vocational, economic status thus rehabilitation is not limited. However, our patients are not only re-acquiring skills they are learning new ones as well. Thus Habilitation occurs throughout
alongside with rehabilitation.
The powerful words used in the name of the approach gives a small glimpse of the wide scope of this truly dynamic, highly individualized, whole person,
functional, inclusive, and visionary approach.