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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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Back at Work
March 27, 2017
I never wish to glamorize the process of returning to work, nor unfairly claim credit for it. TC was at the helm for most of this journey. With that said, there are a few pieces of wisdom I’ve gathered from the experience...

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The Gift of a Head Injury
By: Rachel Derrington, MSW, PMP | January 9, 2017
A brain injury can be a precious gift. The existential crisis that more than likely occurs when you have an injured brain is a catalyst that can change your life positively forever.

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Living with Concussion the Natural Way
By: Rachel Derrington, MSW, PMP | November 21, 2016
Rachel Derrington is not the same person she was before her brain swelled up and changed her attitude, priorities and sense of self. She is better. Rachel shares the four things that turned her from an survivor to a thriver.

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Cycling to Recovery After Brain Injury
September 6, 2016
This is not a ride for the faint of heart. Yet one mile at a time, I have proven so many to be wrong.

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Letter From the Other Side — Return from a Traumatic Brain Injury
By: Tim Page | Personal Stories | August 31, 2016
The Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic Tim Page writes about rebuilding his life after a traumatic brain injury.

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A New Kind of Optimism
By: Nicole Bingaman | Personal Stories | July 25, 2016
“This isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon.” We needed to slow down because this thing was going to be with us for a while. The quote reminded our family to conserve our strength, energy, and abilities to stay the course...

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9 Tips to Starting Your TBI Recovery Process
By: Kristine Freelund | July 5, 2016
If you feel like something is wrong, keep pushing for testing or have your loved one push for you. Think of your GP as a gatekeeper to get you to people with the real expertise...

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I Can Fix You
Personal Stories | July 4, 2016
It took a few minutes to go over my medical history as we sat in his exam room. He took a few notes, listened to our story, took a few more notes, and asked a question or two. He then looked us square in the eyes and uttered four words. “I can fix you.”

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One More Day
June 20, 2016
What just happened? Can I handle this? And the one question many TBI spouses ask themselves: Will my husband ever be the same? Will I ever be the same?

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Finding New Ways To Treat Memory Problems
By: Kessler Foundation | June 13, 2016
Vivid and unusual images can help a person with TBI remember new information.

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My Insurance-Driven Recovery
June 6, 2016
It’s a tough nut to swallow when you look back and realize with stunning clarity that the very quality of day-to-day life after a TBI is largely determined by how well insured you are.

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Possibility & Positivity
By: with Kyla Pearce, LoveYourBrain Yoga | April 11, 2016
I thought if the class wasn’t going well, I could just lie on my yoga mat in the middle of the studio and, at least, be around people for an hour. Knowing how accepting yoga is, I unrolled my yoga mat for a try.

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Pittsburgh Proud
March 14, 2016
This was such a big night. LoveYourBrain, Lulu Lemon, and I had officially brought yoga for TBI to a very large Pittsburgh crowd. The moment was surreal. I smiled at the audience. I was pretty Pittsburgh proud that night.

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Brain Injury – What’s next?
By: The Center on Brain Injury Research & Training | October 22, 2015
A brain injury can change life forever for the person who sustains the injury and for those in a relationship with that person. Recovery is a lifelong journey with a series of changes, challenges and rewarding experiences.

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Three Ways Yoga Will Help You Feel Good
July 13, 2015
I've spent chunks of my life living in the past. Being really sad and angry about my dad's brain injury and all the changes it brought to my family and our lives, as we knew them. My mind was stuck in the way it was. Yoga brings you to the present.

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What is Recovery After TBI?
June 15, 2015
What does the word recovery mean after a TBI? Does it indicate the full return of your abilities, talents, and skills? Or is it much more? Could recovery mean a return to life—a life that feels whole and full of possibility again?

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Building a "Survivor Family" After Traumatic Brain Injury
May 4, 2015
Looking back with the benefit of hindsight, I now see that my family was not fractured. It was slowly being rebuilt as a new kind of family — a survivor family.

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Michael's Story: A Family's Recovery from A Rare Neurological Illness
By: Sandra Levine Productions | Personal Stories | February 9, 2015
After Sandy’s husband Michael was rushed to the hospital due to a rare neurological illness that damaged his brain. As an award-winning television producer, Sandy started recording Michael’s illness and recovery for three reasons.

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Craniectomy: Life on Hold
January 19, 2015
Rosemary remembers when her husband underwent his craniectomy, "As I waited for him to be 'put back together,' I felt as if our life was on hold."

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Finding Purpose
November 24, 2014
Getting back on the job after a TBI is not a single step process. Abby Maslin shares how her husband T.C. found himself re-entering the workforce.

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Lessons of Brain Injury and Buffett
Personal Stories | October 13, 2014
BrainLine blogger Janna Leyde writes about how, with some help from Jimmy Buffett, she learned to accept the fact that life doesn't always work out as planned.

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It is Never Too Late to Get Rehabilitation for Brain Injury
By: Celeste Campbell, PsyD | Ask the Expert,BrainLine Kids | September 8, 2014
A child with a brain injury may develop more injury-related issues as an adult.

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Flinging Open Many Doors at Yoga ReMed
Personal Stories | September 8, 2014
“I’m going to teach yoga to people with brain injury,” BrainLine blogger Janna Leyde said, explaining why the professional worlds of yoga and brain injury must meet.

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Be Inspired: Sam's Miracle
Personal Stories | July 3, 2014
"I worked hard for this remarkable recovery."

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A Case of Miracles
By: Victoria Tilney McDonough | Personal Stories | June 9, 2014
Libby Beemer talks about her daughter’s recovery from a devastating car wreck and the “meaning of Sam.”

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Is It Okay to Engage in Heavy Lifting After a Brain Injury?
By: Nathan Zasler, MD | Ask the Expert | June 2, 2014
Oftentimes balance issues influence restrictions about lifting heavy objects after a brain injury.

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What You Bring to the Mat
Personal Stories | May 12, 2014
Brainline blogger and yoga teacher Janna Leyde talks about the nuances of teaching yoga to vets and civilians with brain injury.

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How Drumming Brought Me Back to Life After Brain Injury
By: Gary "Porkchop" Schopmeyer | Personal Stories | March 21, 2014
"Drumsticks are such familiar objects to me — almost like extensions of my own body — that I knew they’d serve as a crucial part of my recovery."

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Abby Maslin's "Brain School"
Personal Stories | February 21, 2014
Caregiver Abby Maslin used her background as a teacher to help her husband recover — with flashcards, books on tape, and singing in the car with their little boy.

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45 Life-Changing iPhone and iPad Apps for People with Brain Injury
By: BrainLine | January 24, 2014
Revolutionary iOS apps for simplifying everyday life with brain injury.

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On the Road Again?
By: Barbara Stahura, CJF | January 24, 2014
Seventeen years after a car crash, Chris Cochran fulfills his dream of learning to drive again.

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How Occipital Nerve Surgery Helped Retired Soccer Star Briana Scurry
Personal Stories | January 23, 2014
Bilateral occipital nerve release surgery was the first, significant step to relieving Scurry's debilitating post-concussive headaches.

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The Importance of Getting Your Teenager with TBI to Join a Support Group
By: Jeanne Dise-Lewis, PhD | Ask the Expert | December 30, 2013
It’s hard to get teenagers to do anything they fear will make them feel “other,” but a TBI support group will help during recovery.

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Expectations Versus Recommendations After a Brain Injury
Research Update | December 16, 2013
People with TBI often had higher expectations for work and social life than their post-acute program staff recommended, a discrepancy partially attributed to TBI-related cognitive disorders.

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Music Lessons for Rehab and Joy for a Boy with Severe TBI
Personal Stories,BrainLine Kids | November 14, 2013
Mother and caregiver Nicole Wight talks about how drum lessons have brought both joy and some recovery to her young son with a severe brain injury.

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Laughter as Therapy for TBI Is No Laughing Matter
BrainLine Kids, 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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Even Small Improvements Post-Brain Injury Can Help the Body and the Mind
By: Elliot Roth, MD | Ask the Expert | October 28, 2013
Rehabilitation to help with functional skills may help with depression as well.

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Kendell's Story
By: Children's Specialized Hospital | BrainLine Kids, 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
BrainLine Kids, 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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HBOT: A Way to Heal the Injured Brain?
By: Barbara Stahura, CJF | August 13, 2013
Dr. Bruce Gottlieb likens hyperbaric oxygen therapy to a catalyst, "like Miracle-Gro for your lawn. The soil has to be good for it to work.”

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Why People with TBI Tend to Return Home More Frequently than Those with Other Types of Brain Injury
Research Update | August 12, 2013
Learn what factors like age, gender, cause of injury after TBI can help predict functional and cognitive recovery.

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What Happens at a Pediatric Rehab Hospital Post-TBI
BrainLine Kids | 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
BrainLine Kids | 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
BrainLine Kids | 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
BrainLine Kids | 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
BrainLine Kids | 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
BrainLine Kids | 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
BrainLine Kids | 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
BrainLine Kids | 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
BrainLine Kids | 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
BrainLine Kids | 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"
BrainLine Kids | 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
BrainLine Kids | 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
BrainLine Kids | 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
BrainLine Kids | 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
BrainLine Kids | 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
BrainLine Kids | 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 Kinds of Rehabilitation Should a TBI Patient Receive?
By: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | May 17, 2013
Learn about individualized treatment programs, rehabilitation goals, and options for the patient and family.

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Gray Matters: G. Gayle Kelley
By: Kentucky Educational Television | Personal Stories | March 8, 2013
"TBI does not change the fact that we are human beings. We have feelings. We are not second class citizens. We are different, but different does not mean worse."

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Gray Matters: T.K. Johns and Tim Johns
By: Kentucky Educational Television | Personal Stories | March 8, 2013
"You want your son back so bad and you want him to have a normal life. It's not going to happen ... all you can do is be there 100 percent."

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What Is Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy and How Can It Help Children with TBI?
By: BrainLine | Research Update,BrainLine Kids | 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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Does Scanning Therapy for Vision Problems Post-TBI Work?
By: Gregory Goodrich, PhD | Ask the Expert | November 30, 2012
Scanning therapy for hemianopsia after TBI isn’t a cure nor is there a guarantee that everyone will have good results. But oftentimes, there is great benefit.

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Rise and Shine
By: Simon Lewis | Personal Stories | November 13, 2012
An excerpt from a stunning book about what it means to return to live after a near-death experience.

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Clinical Practice and Research on TBI Now and Going Forward
November 9, 2012
Dr. Ron Broughton of Brookhaven Hospital talks about measuring outcome, the importance of looking at the person as a whole and not as an injury, and erasing the stigma of TBI.

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What Is TBI Rehabilitation Really Like?
November 7, 2012
Ron Broughton of Brookhaven Hospital talks about moving away from standardized rehab treatments for people with TBI and focusing on a truly individualized model.

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People with Brain Injury Need to Be True Partners in Their Care
November 7, 2012
Healthcare professionals often talk philosophically about the importance of the holistic approach to helping people with TBI, but do their actions match their words?

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The Kubler-Ross Stages of Grief Are Different with TBI
November 7, 2012
The Elisabeth Kubler-Ross model of grieving shows stages from denial to bargaining to acceptance. For caregivers with a loved one with TBI, these stages are not so orderly.

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What Could We Have Done Better for Our Patients with Brain Injury?
November 7, 2012
Ron Broughton of Brookhaven Hospital reflects on a success story and one that still pulls at his heart. He talks about the importance of always looking at what his team could do better.

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What Does Autonomy Really Mean for a Person with a TBI?
November 7, 2012
Ron Broughton of Brookhaven Hospital talks about ways that healthcare providers can use flexibility to help their patients continue to make progress on a daily basis.

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Brookhaven Hospital Helping People with Neurobehavioral Syndrome
November 7, 2012
Brookhaven, an inpatient psychiatric hospital, often has patients with TBI and a history of co-morbid issues like PTSD, depression, personality disorder, and severe behavioral problems.

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Dr. James Malec Talks About Cognitive Rehabilitation
November 1, 2012
Cognitive rehab for people with TBI includes any intervention that addresses cognitive problems — from using a smartphone to help with memory to developing particular visual-spatial skills.

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Timing and Frequency of Rehab for TBI Highly Individualized
November 1, 2012
It is often difficult for insurance companies — and the families, themselves — to understand why one person with a TBI may recover fully while another person needs life-long care.

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The "Whatever It Takes" Model for Brain Injury Recovery
November 1, 2012
Holistic rehab is the "whatever it takes" model. Balance issues may be treated by a PT and depression by a psychologist, but therapies overlap for the outcome of the whole person.

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Vocational Rehab: What Works and Doesn't Work with TBI
November 1, 2012
Sometimes learning a job on the job works best for people with brain injury.

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The Challenges of Measuring Outcome in Brain Injury
November 1, 2012
Dr. James Malec talks about the difficulties of measuring outcome in TBI since targeted outcomes can range from the patient opening his eyes to managing headaches to getting back to work.

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The Ability to Drive Safely After a Severe Brain Injury Is Frequently Compromised
By: BrainLine | Research Update | October 30, 2012
Driving takes a great deal of concentration and coordination. Rehab for this complex activity should be a main goal of certain reintegration programs.

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An Interview with Alan Jette, PT, PhD
By: Brain Injury Professional | September 20, 2012
How can measurements of rehabilitation for brain injury enhance treatment?

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Acute Rehab for Brain Injury Is the First Step in a Long Journey
By: BrainLine | August 28, 2012
Most stays in an acute rehab facitily are too short for people with brain injury. Familes need to make each day count and look ahead to next steps.

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Marilyn Spivack: Be Patient but Hopeful After a Brain Injury
August 28, 2012
It is easy for people with TBI and their families to become discouraged or depressed at what seems like a very slow rate of recovery. But a bruised brain needs time to heal.

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Advice for Families with a Loved One with Severe Brain Injury
August 28, 2012
Keeping a journal, taking videos, and looking back to mark progress can help families with a loved one with a severe TBI. But most importantly, families need to seek help.

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Recovery from Concussion in Students
By: Jeanne E. Dise-Lewis, PhD | BrainLine Kids | May 8, 2012
Here are some ways you can make sure your brain makes a full recovery after you have had a concussion.

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Online Calendar More Popular than Traditional Paper Calendars Post-Brain Injury
By: BrainLine | Research Update | March 5, 2012
This study showed that online calendars help with memory — as a tool and as a therapy.

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Effective Strategies for Occupational Therapy Post-Brain Injury
By: BrainLine | Research Update | December 19, 2011
Goal-directed OT can help people after brain injury.

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How to Find Local or State Support After a Brain Injury
By: Elaine Phillips | Ask the Expert | December 12, 2011
Learn what help is available before filing for disability benefits.

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Fifty Years After a Concussion, Can Treatment Still Help?
By: Dr. Steven Flanagan | Ask the Expert | November 21, 2011
The earlier the treatment the better, but it’s never too late to help your brain recover.

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Culturally Sensitive Approaches for People with Brain Injury
By: BrainLine | Research Update | September 26, 2011
If misunderstood, small cultural differences can hinder a good treatment plan for someone with a brain injury.

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Recommendations for Cognitive Rehabilitation for People with TBI
By: BrainLine | Research Update | June 13, 2011
Studies support the effectiveness of cognitive rehab after a brain injury.

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Physical Therapy
By: Payal Desai, LPT NDTC | May 4, 2011
People with TBI invariably improve on some or many levels with physical therapy. Learn more.

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Making a Difference #6: Needs & Interventions
By: The Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council | April 12, 2011
The continuum of care of aTBI starts at the moment of injury and can last a lifetime. Learn how to avoid barriers for care.

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Making a Difference
By: The Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council | April 11, 2011
A multi-module video that illustrates the neuro-anatomy of a TBI and the everyday difficulties experienced by many people with brain injury.

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Quality of Emergency and Rehabilitation Care
By: BrainLine | April 5, 2011
Good care costs money and is predicated on the commitment to standard guidelines. Unfortunately, it varies greatly across the country.

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The Book Studio Interviews Michael Paul Mason
By: The Book Studio, WETA | April 4, 2011
Author and TBI case manager Michael Paul Mason talks about his eclectic experience working with people who have sustained a brain injury.

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Occupational Therapy & Brain Injury Recovery
By: Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists | March 24, 2011
From preparing a daily schedule to managing anger, learn how occupational therapy can help after a TBI.

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How Much Therapy Is Enough for Someone with TBI?
By: Elaine Phillips | Ask the Expert | March 18, 2011
Balancing needs and costs can be difficult.

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What Personality Traits Help with Successful Outcome After TBI?
By: BrainLine | March 15, 2011
Tenacity, acceptance, learning compensatory strategies ... what will work best for you?

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Simple Interventions After TBI Prove Highly Effective
By: BrainLine | March 15, 2011
Simple interventions — from regular exercise to the use of a "quiet room" — are practical, inexpensive, and effective.

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Recovering from a TBI: A Marathon, Not a Race
By: BrainLine | March 15, 2011
Living with a TBI can be lifelong; with work, improvement never ends.

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The Effectiveness of Cognitive Rehabilitation
By: BrainLine | March 15, 2011
Cognitive skills can be relearned with a structured rehab plan of strategies and repetition.

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How Exercise Can Help Heal the Brain After a TBI
By: BrainLine | March 15, 2011
Research studies show that people with TBI who exercise show fewer symptoms of depression, fatigue, and cognitive problems.

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How Much Rest is Enough Rest After a TBI?
By: BrainLine | March 15, 2011
Honest self-reporting of symptoms is crucial when recovering from a TBI.

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The Two Paths of TBI
By: BrainLine | March 15, 2011
The most common problems after a TBI can be behavioral, cognitive, or both. Learn more.

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Every Brain Injury Is Unique
By: BrainLine | March 15, 2011
Tenacity, repetition, and hope contribute greatly to a successful outcome after a TBI.

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How Music Helps to Heal the Injured Brain
By: Michael Thaut, PhD and Gerald McIntosh, MD | March 4, 2011
Why neurologic music therapy should be part of standard rehabilitation care.

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Guidebook for Psychologists: Working with Clients with Traumatic Brain Injury
By: Margaret A. Struchen, PhD, Lynne C. Davis, PhD, Stephen R. McCauley, PhD, and Allison N. Clark, PhD | March 3, 2011
A manual for psychologists not specially trained to work with patients with TBI.

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Vision and Rehabilitation After Brain Trauma (Part 1)
By: Eric Singman, MD, PhD | March 2, 2011
Vision problems after a TBI are common and often complex. Part one of a three-part article.

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Vision and Rehabilitation After Brain Trauma (Part 2)
By: Eric Singman, MD, PhD | March 2, 2011
Visual problems following a TBI are common and often complex. Part two of a three-part article.

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Vision and Rehabilitation After Brain Trauma (Part 3)
By: Eric Singman, MD, PhD | March 2, 2011
Visual problems following a TBI are common and often complex. Part three of a three-part article.

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What Is Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy?
By: Timothy C. Hain, MD | February 24, 2011
Learn more about physical therapy for dizziness and imbalance, common symptoms after a TBI.

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Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury
By: Kathleen Gosliz, OTR, OTD | February 24, 2011
For professionals, a thorough overview of the occupational therapy process for people with traumatic brain injury.

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Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Where Do We Go From Here?
By: Roberta DePompei | BrainLine Kids | 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 | BrainLine Kids | 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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Executive Functions and Communication in Adolescents
By: Lyn S. Turkstra and Lindsey J. Byom | February 18, 2011
Adolescence is a time of significant brain and cognitive development and, related to these developments, significant changes in communication functions.

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What Determines Rehab Length of Stay After Brain Injury?
By: BrainLine | Research Update | February 11, 2011
Statistical model can help rehab teams work best with people with TBI.

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Brain Games for People with TBI: Pros and Cons
By: BrainLine | February 7, 2011
Computer brain games can be fun and stimulate the brain, but should be used in conjunction with cognitive rehab.

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Help from a Neuropsychologist: The Big Picture
By: BrainLine | February 7, 2011
A neuropsychologist talks about working with people with TBI -- from basic cognitive rehab to strategies for successfully navigating the world.

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How to Become a Neuropsychologist
By: BrainLine | February 7, 2011
So the brain interests you? Learn more about what it takes to become a neuropsychologist.

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¿Qué tipos de rehabilitación debe recibir un paciente con traumatismo cerebral?
By: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Los Institutos Nacionales de la Salud | Spanish | December 7, 2010
Entérese más sobre los programas de tratamiento individualizado, las metas de la rehabilitación y las opciones para el paciente y la familia.

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Changes in Circles of Support After Brain Injury
By: BrainLine.org | November 12, 2010
A TBI can damage parts of a person's brain but it can also damage -- or at least change -- that person's circle of support.

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Selecting the Right Rehabilitation Facility After Brain Injury
By: BrainLine.org | October 28, 2010
Most rehab facilities specialize. Make sure to ask lots of questions to find the right one for you or your loved one.

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Options for Rehab After a Brain Injury
By: BrainLine.org | October 28, 2010
Rehab can run the gamut from residential nursing homes to vocational rehab instruction.

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Longer Recovery Time Needed for Younger Brain?
By: BrainLine.org | BrainLine Kids | 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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Qué hacer cuando alguién está desanimado
By: BrainLine.org | Spanish | September 28, 2010
Aprende cómo superar el desánimo durante rehabilitación.

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Posibles obstáculos para las familias hispanas ante una lesión cerebral traumática
By: BrainLine.org | Spanish | September 28, 2010
Aprende sobre los obstáculos al proceso de recuperación para las familias latinas aquí en los Estados Unidos.

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After Brain Injury: Telling Your Story - A Journaling Workbook
By: Barbara Stahura and Susan B. Schuster, MA, CCC-SLP | Personal Stories | September 13, 2010
Learning how sharing your story can be "medicine" for you and others.

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Post-Acute Adult Continuing Education After TBI
By: Stacy Levesque, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS, Justin Moses, CBIS, Hector Gutierrez, CBIST, and Christin Moses | September 1, 2010
Cognitive rehabilitation is crucial for enhancing the lives of people with brain injury.

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Brain Injury Resource Directory
By: BrainLine.org | August 27, 2010
A national directory of TBI outpatient rehab, residential rehab, and general information services.

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Can Cognitive Therapy on the Internet Help with Depression After Brain Injury?
By: BrainLine | Research Update | July 1, 2010
A study shows internet-based cognition therapy helps, but with caveats.

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Why Predicting Outcomes After Traumatic Brain Injury Can Be Limiting
May 27, 2010
Learn about someone who went from being in a fatal coma to becoming a professional athlete and educator.

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

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Landmarks Help Orientation After Brain Injury
By: BrainLine | Research Update | April 1, 2010
Helping people follow directions after brain injury.

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What Does a Rehabilitation Psychologist Do?
March 16, 2010
Rehabilitation takes a team — from PTs and OTs to psychologists to family members. Learn more.

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When do you Begin the Rehab Process?
March 16, 2010
When it comes to rehab after TBI, the earlier the better.

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Brain Injury Survivors: Narratives of Rehabilitation and Healing
By: Laura Lorenz | March 1, 2010
A creative and professional approach to improving care for people living with brain injury.

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Comparing Traumatic Brain Injury and Anoxic Brain Injury in Rehabilitation
By: BrainLine | Research Update | March 1, 2010
Are there differences in recovery rates?

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Finding Strategies That Work After Brain Injury
By: Elaine Phillips | Ask the Expert | February 1, 2010
Learn how to break down strategies into smaller, easier steps.

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Traumatic Brain Injury for VR Counselors
By: Margaret A. Struchen, PhD and Laura M. Ritter, PhD, MPH | January 11, 2010
An educational resource for vocational rehab counselors.

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Choosing a High-Quality Medical Rehabilitation Program
By: NRH Center for Health and Disability Research | January 1, 2010
After a brain injury, one of the most crucial decisions for you — or your loved one — is where to spend the rehabilitation phase of treatment.

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Traumatic Brain Injury in Prisons and Jails
By: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | January 1, 2010
Learn about this often underestimated correlation.

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An Introduction to Rehabilitation: The Healing Brain
By: Garry Prowe | January 1, 2010
An invaluable overview and resource to the rehab process — short- and long-term.

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Long-Term Disability After TBI
By: BrainLine | Research Update | December 31, 2009
How many people are affected?

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Measuring Reaction Time Post-TBI
By: BrainLine | Research Update | November 25, 2009
Speed does not necessarily predict accuracy after brain injury.

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

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Brain Injury Rehabilitation in the United Kingdom
By: Mike McPeake, RMN | November 1, 2009
Find out what's happening in brain injury rehab in the United Kingdom.

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TBI Case Management and Video Teleconferencing
By: BrainLine | Research Update | September 16, 2009
A way to keep client and case coordinator in close communication.

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

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Are Brain Injury Support Groups Worth the Time?
By: Carolyn Rocchio | Ask the Expert | July 1, 2009
A place to share resources and feel more connected to others with TBI who understand.

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Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Developmental or Cognitive Difficulties
By: National Organization on Disabilities | June 23, 2009
It's important to take steps to prepare before a disaster occurs, especially if you have a brain injury.

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Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Mobility Disabilities
By: National Organization on Disabilities | June 23, 2009
Plan and prepare for unexpected disasters.

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Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Sensory Disabilities
By: National Organization on Disabilities | June 23, 2009
Prepare your plans to fit your own unique circumstances.

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Recovering from a Brain Injury
By: Laura Taylor, Lee Livingston, and Jeffrey Kreutzer | June 19, 2009
Unfortunately, there are no quick fixes after a TBI.

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

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BrainLine Talks with Dr. Jeffrey Kreutzer and Dr. Taryn Stejskal About What Kinds of Support they Provide
May 27, 2009
These doctors share their experience working with people wth TBI and their families.

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BrainLine Talks with Dr. Jeffrey Kreutzer and Dr. Taryn Stejskal About Their Research and Areas of Interest
May 27, 2009
Hear about some current research in the works on how best to work with people with TBI and their families.

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BrainLine Talks with Dr. Jeffrey Kreutzer and Dr. Taryn Stejskal About When Couples Should Seek Help
May 22, 2009
Brain injury can deeply affect a marriage. When do you know it's time to seek couples therapy?

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Brain Injury Dialogues: Rehabilitation
May 21, 2009
Hear from people in rehab.

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Crooked Smile - Video Excerpt of Daniel Skiing
Personal Stories | May 15, 2009
Watch Daniel Cohen, 33, who sustained a brain injury 16 years before, enjoy the Calgary slopes.

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The Role of Rehabilitation
By: North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services | May 5, 2009
Inpatient rehab plays a key role in outcome after TBI.

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Vocational Rehabilitation, Traumatic Brain Injury, and the Power of Networking
By: Rosalind R. Zuger, Margaret Brown, John O’Neill, Robert Stack, and Hannah Amitai | May 5, 2009
This manual pulls together in one place diverse insights into vocational rehab for people with TBI.

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Dr. Tedd Judd Talks About Navigating Cultural Barriers in Brain Injury Rehabilitation
April 29, 2009
Professional advice about getting buy-in from patients and families when cultural barriers are in the way.

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Dr. Tedd Judd Talks About Brain Injury and Setting Family Centered Goals
April 29, 2009
What makes family-centered care so effective?

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Dr. Tedd Judd Talks About Brain Injury Professionals and Cultural Competence
April 29, 2009
Professionals need to be culturally savvy to work most effectively with people of different ethnicities.

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Dr. Tedd Judd Talks Incorporating Brain Injury and Cultural Background
April 29, 2009
The more doctors or therapists know about the background and traditions of their patients, the more effective they will be.

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Guidelines for Using Brain Injury Rehabilitation Techniques at Home
April 29, 2009
The more professionals can teach caregivers, the more effective the rehab techniques will be at home.

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Dr. Tedd Judd Talks About Understanding Behavior Changes with TBI
April 29, 2009
Emotional and behavioral changes in a person after a TBI can be significant.

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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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Dr. Tedd Judd Talks About Brain Injury, Cultural Competency, and Relavence in Rehabilitation
April 29, 2009
Neuropsychologist Tedd Judd talks about the way professionals can help their patients with TBI — and their families — who are from different countries or cultures.

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Caron Gan Talks About Working With Adolescents After Brain Injury
BrainLine Kids | 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 Providing Culturally Relevant Treatment
April 29, 2009
Why therapists need to take a person's cultural background and traditions into account.

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Finding Support in the Brain Injury Community
April 29, 2009
Advice from a family therapist on finding community support after TBI.

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Caron Gan Talks About Using Her Cultural Background to Her Advantage
April 29, 2009
This marriage and family therapist talks about her Chinese-Canadian heritage and how it comes into play in her everyday practice.

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

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Trisha Meili: Going the Distance
By: Victoria Tilney McDonough | Personal Stories | April 20, 2009
Trisha Meili — the Central Park Jogger — shares her personal best.

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Group Versus Individual Rehab Therapy After Brain Injury
By: Elaine Phillips | Ask the Expert | April 1, 2009
Is one more effective than the other?

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The Nuances of Self-Awareness Post-TBI
By: BrainLine | Research Update | April 1, 2009
A person's level of self-awareness after a brain injury can impact rehab.

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"Speechless"
March 3, 2009
One person with TBI moved from being "speechless" to recording his own song.

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Your Brain at Work
By: Your Brain at Work, the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and The Conference Board | March 3, 2009
Putting it all together — enrich your life, enrich your brain.

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Releasing a CD of Original Client Music to the Public as an Aspect of Brain Injury Treatment
By: Rick Soshensky, Northeast Center for Special Care | March 2, 2009
Why is music such a powerful form of rehab therapy?

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Balancing Recovery and Compensation
By: Elaine Phillips | Ask the Expert | March 1, 2009
Deciding what course of treatment to pursue after a TBI isn't easy.

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Buscando el equilibrio de la recuperación y la compensación
By: Elaine Phillips | Spanish, Ask the Expert | March 1, 2009
Decidir qué tratamiento seguir después de una TBI no es algo fácil.

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Study Sheds Light on Best Rehab Approaches for Brain Injury
By: VA Research Currents | February 11, 2009
What rehab treatments work for service members with TBI?

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Reducing Restraint and Seclusion of Individuals with TBI
January 26, 2009
Learn about the issues and behavioral challenges of individuals with TBI and the concerns about using seclusion and restraint on these individuals.

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The Benefits of Peer Mentoring
By: Michael Paul Mason | Ask the Expert | January 1, 2009
In what ways can peer support be a life saver?

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Traumatic Brain Injury: Effects and Interventions
By: The American Occupational Therapy Association | January 1, 2009
Learn how occupational therapy can give you the skills for the job of living.

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How to Choose a Healthcare Provider or Facility
By: CORE Health Care | January 1, 2009
Finding the right services after a brain injury.

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Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury: A Self-Help Primer
By: Robert L. Heriza | Personal Stories | January 1, 2009
A self-help guide from someone who orchestrated his own successful recovery post-TBI.

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Unthinkable - Tips: The Rehabilitation Hospital
By: Dixie Fremont-Smith Coskie | January 1, 2009
Choosing the right rehab hospital for your loved one following a brain injury can be overwhelming. Tips from a mother who has been there.

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Community Transition and the Fine and Performing Arts
December 16, 2008
Rehabilitation comes in many forms. Watch here to learn more about the power of creative arts therapy and TBI.

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Rhythms of Hope Dance Therapy
December 4, 2008
Through the use of dance, people with traumatic brain injuries make new connections in their brains, which pushes them forward on the road to recovery.

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Michael Paul Mason Talks About Brain Injury Case Management
December 1, 2008
BrainLine talks with Michael Paul Mason about being a case manager and his experience finding resources for his clients.

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How to Succeed in Biz-Ness by Really Trying (Logan's Story)
Personal Stories,BrainLine Kids | 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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PDA Intervention Plan: Implementing Electronic Memory and Organization Aids
By: Yvonne Gillette, PhD, Roberta dePompei, PhD, Elaine Goetz, BA | November 6, 2008
Can a PDA help a person with TBI get organized?

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Expanding Your Social Network
By: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago-Brain Injury Team | November 4, 2008
After brain injury, reaching out to others can be challenging.

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Making Connections After Brain Injury: A Guide for Social Peer Mentors
By: The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Integration of Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury | November 3, 2008
A resource for social peer mentors.

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How to Be Your Own Brain Injury Case Manager
By: Michael Paul Mason | August 1, 2008
Case management is the thankless job that gets dropped in your lap the moment the injury occurs. It amounts to hours of phone calls, research, and advocacy

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Traumatic Injury, Dramatic Results
By: Eric Ries | March 1, 2008
Physical therapists are helping civilians and veterans with TBI reclaim their lives.

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Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath
By: Micheal Paul Mason | Personal Stories | January 1, 2008
An excerpt from a book that takes us into the dark side of the brain with stories that are at once true and strange.

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Who Are the Rehab Specialists?
By: Brain Injury Association of Arizona | January 1, 2008
This resource is a glossary that describes the different types of rehabilitation specialists.

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Driving Following a Brain Injury
By: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago-Brain Injury Team | January 1, 2008
When is it safe to drive after a TBI?

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

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Harnessing the Brain's Power to Adapt After Surgery
By: Michael E. Selzer, MD, PhD | November 6, 2007
Physical therapy can greatly influence how a person recovers function damaged by a brain injury.

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Aerobic Exercise Following TBI
By: Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Research and Training Center on Community Integration of Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury, Dept. of Rehabilitation | January 1, 2007
Exercise for people with TBI has enormous benefits  — both physically and mentally.

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TBI Consumer Report: Person-Centered Planning
By: Mount Sinai Medical Center | January 1, 2007
Every person with TBI is different  and unique.

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

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Systematic Approach to Social Work Practice: Working with Clients with Traumatic Brain Injury
By: Margaret A. Struchen, PhD and Allison N. Clark, PhD | January 1, 2007
A guide for social workers who may not have specialized TBI training — and for others trying to find answers.

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Community Integrated Brain Injury Rehabilitation: Treatment Models and Challenges for Civilian, Military, and Veteran Populations
By: Tina M. Trudel, PhD; F. Don Nidiffer, PhD; and Jeffrey T. Barth, PhD | January 1, 2007
An in-depth look at the issues around community-based rehab for people with TBI.

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Brain Trauma, Concussion, and Coma
By: Peter M. Black, Patricio C. Gargollo, and Adam C. Lipson | January 1, 2007
Learn about the anatomy of different brain traumas.

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Managing Memory and Metamemory Impairments in Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury
By: Mary Kennedy | October 17, 2006
Learn what steps to take to improve your memory after a brain injury.

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A New Kind of Patient for Speech-Language Pathologists
By: Micaela Cornis-Pop | July 1, 2006
Learn why speech-language rehab is so crucial for veterans like Sgt. Wade.

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Cognitive Rehabilitation Denial Overturned: Montana Case Sets Precedent
By: Janet McCarty | January 1, 2006
This landmark case overturned the denial for cognitive rehabilitation services for TBI.

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Why Aquatic Therapy?
By: Sandy Oeverman, CTRS | January 1, 2006
Learn how water helps break the cycle of chronic pain after TBI.

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Making Connections after TBI: A Guide for Social Peer Mentors
By: TIRR Memorial Hermann and Baylor College of Medicine | January 1, 2006
Learn how to be a peer mentor — oftentimes a lifesaver for someone with TBI.

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A SWOT Analysis of the Field of Virtual Reality Rehabilitation and Therapy
By: Albert Rizzo and Gerard Jounghyun Kim | January 1, 2005
It's no game. Virtual Reality technology is also a brain injury rehabilitation tool.

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

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Analysis of Assets for Virtual Reality Applications in Neuropsychology
By: Albert A. Rizzo, Maria Schultheis, Kimberly A. Kerns, and Catherine Mateer | January 1, 2004
VR technology is not just fun and games. It also offers new ways to help people with TBI or PTSD.

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Cultural Competence in Health Care
By: Andrea Moxley, Nidhi Mahendra, and Carmen Vega-Barachowitz | January 1, 2004
The rapidly changing demographics in the US are changing how people are treated for brain injury and other medical issues. Learn more.

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Moving On: A Personal Futures Planning Workbook for Individuals with Brain Injury
By: Beth Mount, Doug Riggs, Margaret Brown, and Mary Hibbard | January 1, 2003
A workbook to be used by people with TBI and those who want to work with them on planning for a better future.

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Management of Behavioral Problems During Acute Rehabilitation of Individuals with TBI
By: Tom Novack, PhD | January 1, 2002
Behaviorial issues can be significant challenges to rehab staff.

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Over My Head
By: Claudia Osborn | Personal Stories | January 1, 1998
Dr. Claudia Osborn never thought she would be in the ER for anything else but treating patients.


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