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