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Brain Injury Rehabilitation

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A brain injury can affect just about everything -- including the way you walk, talk, and think. That's why there are a number of treatments available that attempt to restore the parts of life that have been affected by a brain injury. The term "brain injury rehabilitation" refers to the many different kinds of specialized supports and services that are offered following the emergency and early phases of brain injury treatment.

Some brain injury rehabilitation is offered as a program within a hospital or other clinical setting; other types of brain injury rehabilitation might occur on an outpatient basis. While most everyone benefits from rehabilitation following a brain injury, the specific type of rehabilitation depends on the unique needs of the person and the challenges they face.

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Laughter as Therapy for TBI Is No Laughing Matter
Personal Stories | November 14, 2013
Once Nicole Wight said she learned that laughter was the highest level of brain function, she made humor an integral part of her son's rehab.

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Kendell's Story
By: Children's Specialized Hospital | Personal Stories | September 25, 2013
Six-year-old Kendell's brain injury rehab is going so well he just might fulfill his dream of becoming a black belt in karate.

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The Need for Consistent Standards for Therapeutic Evaluations for Children with TBI
Research Update | September 3, 2013
This study showed a significant variation among hospitals in the use of physical, occupational, and speech and swallowing therapy evaluations for children with TBI.

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What Happens at a Pediatric Rehab Hospital Post-TBI
August 9, 2013
Hospital Executive Amy Mansue talks about the team of nurses, doctors, rehab therapists, and Child Life specialists that helps kids with TBI recover what they've lost or establish new goals for life.

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The Role of Family in a Child's Recovery from Brain Injury
August 9, 2013
Hospital Executive Amy Mansue talks about the essential role the entire family plays in a child's recovery from TBI — from being able to care for and push the child during rehab therapy to reinforcing those therapies in the home.

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Giving Support to Parents and Siblings of a Child with TBI
August 9, 2013
Hospital Executive Amy Mansue talks about the importance of giving parents and siblings the words and supports they need to help them deal with their loved one's TBI — in the short- and long-term.

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Pediatric Cognitive Rehabilitation and School
August 9, 2013
Hospital Executive Amy Mansue talks about her pediatric cognitive rehab program that is set up like a school to help a child with TBI deal with issues like frustration in addition to regular academic work.

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Defining Success for Children with Brain Injury
August 9, 2013
"Never doubt a child with a TBI," says Hospital Executive Amy Mansue. Kids will overcome their injury and be successful.

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One Small Connection: Children in Rehab for TBI
August 9, 2013
Hospital Executive Amy Mansue tells the story of a child with TBI who only started to progress after she made a connection with a security guard who worked in the rehab hospital.

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Orchestrating a Pediatric Rehabilitation Plan for a Child with TBI
August 9, 2013
Hospital Executive Amy Mansue talks about how an individualized rehabilitation plan for a child with TBI is created with a full team of specialists and how it is reacessed and managed as the child makes progress.

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Providing Meaningful Opportunities for Socialization for Children with TBI
August 9, 2013
"Opportunities for meaningful and fun socialization for kids with TBI are as important as any of the medical or rehab therapies they receive," explains Hospital Executive Amy Mansue.

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Tackling Social Challenges for Children with TBI
August 9, 2013
Hospital Executive Amy Mansue talks about how rehab specialists can help kids with TBI and their families deal with the social challenges that can arise soon after the injury, but often more importantly, months or years after the injury.

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The Healing Process: Helping Families of Children with TBI
August 9, 2013
"One mother I worked with needed to fully grieve the son she lost but who did not die in order to embrace the child who remained," says Hospital Executive Amy Mansue.

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Never Settle for What's "Supposed to Be"
August 9, 2013
A brain injury is not "supposed to be," nor is the trajectory for recovery, says Hospital Executive Amy Mansue. "In rehab, we help kids with TBI reach their maximum potentional not only when they are 7 but also when they're 70 ... "

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For Teens, the Benefits of Vocational Rehabilitation Before Leaving High School
July 2, 2013
Dr. Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa talks about the advantages for adolescents with TBI to talk with their  vocational rehab counselors before leaving high school.

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Different Ways to Teach Health and Wellness to Adolescents with TBI
July 2, 2013
Returning to team sports is not the only way to be active and engaged for kids with a TBI.

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Turning Ambitions into Reality with the Help of Voc Rehab
July 2, 2013
Helping people with brain injury, like this young man, figure out what they want to do with their lives is crucial.

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Helping Teens with TBI Use Social Media Appropriately
July 2, 2013
Posting an inappropriate message on Facebook or inundating friends with texts can be social media pitfalls for any teen, especially those with a brain injury.

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Partnerships Among Schools, Parents, and Medical Facilities Can Be Beneficial
July 2, 2013
Dr. Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa talks about how parents and schools can partner with medical facilities to better understand how a brain injury can affect a student socially, behaviorally, and academically.

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What Is Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy and How Can It Help Children with TBI?
By: BrainLine | Research Update | January 7, 2013
Constraining an unaffected limb while intensely using an affected limb can help children regain upper limb movement after a brain injury.

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Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury
By: Roberta DePompei | February 22, 2011
The effects of a TBI in childhood are not fully realized right away and, in fact, new challenges can emerge after the individual has become an adult.

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Creative Community Involvement to Prevent TBI
By: Amy Skinder-Meredith | February 22, 2011
Learn how one SLP uses melons, swim caps, and brain-shaped chocolates to teach kids how to prevent a TBI and all the communication problems that can come with one.

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Longer Recovery Time Needed for Younger Brain?
By: BrainLine.org | October 20, 2010
An adolescent athlete may need a few extra days of recovery time than her college counterpart since her brain is still developing.

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Pediatric Versus Adult Rehabilitation After Brain Injury
By: Brian D. Greenwald, MD | Ask the Expert | April 1, 2010
Learn how age and developmental experience can affect outcome.

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Vocational Rehabilitation Services: Can They Help You?
By: HEATH Resource Center | November 17, 2009
Tools and services needed to make the leap to your post-secondary years.

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Cognitive Rehabilitation for Children and Youth
By: Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa, PhD | August 1, 2009
Why collaborative partnerships work.

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BrainLine Talks with Dr. Jeffrey Kreutzer and Dr. Taryn Stejskal About What Services They Provide at VCU
May 27, 2009
Find out what kind of services these doctors offer and why their work is highly effective.

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Dr. Tedd Judd Talks About Errorless Learning After Brain Injury
April 29, 2009
What exactly is this teaching tool used for people with TBI?

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Caron Gan Talks About Working With Adolescents After Brain Injury
April 29, 2009
Adolescence is never easy. Hear how this family therapist works with young adults with TBI.

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Caron Gan Talks About Being a Family Therapist
April 29, 2009
Learn about the work of a family therapist.

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How to Succeed in Biz-Ness by Really Trying (Logan's Story)
Personal Stories | November 24, 2008
This is the story of a girl named Logan who persevered through her brain injury to create a magazine for other kids with disabilities and inspire them to achieve their dreams and goals.

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Medical Complications from TBI
By: The Teaching Research Institute-Eugene | January 1, 2008
The body almost always heals faster than the brain after injury.

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Adaptive Equipment: An Illustrated Guide
By: Doreen L. LeFevre, OTR/L, Kimberly Heinrich, OTR/L and Shawn Shambo, OTR/L | January 1, 2007
Find out about adaptive equipment that can help with daily tasks like washing and dressing.

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The Great Leap Forward: Transitioning into the Adult World
By: Ronald C. Savage | January 1, 2005
Learn about services to support students with TBI before and after they leave public school.


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