Important to Emphasize the Prospect of Positive Outcomes After Brain Injury

One thing that we often talk about with our patients is, it used to be thought that the brain wasn't really capable of changing much after it was damaged, and we know now that that could not be farther from the truth, so we spend a lot of time doing patient and family education about the fact that they should anticipate a really excellent recovery from their injury. And we do a lot of kind of positive support and encouragement towards that end. And especially highlighting what we know now about the brain and how much it can change based on experience and practice-- that there are really positive outcomes on the horizon.

It used to be believed that the brain could not change or significantly heal after injury. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Inbal Eshel

Inbal Eshel, MA, CCC-SLP is the lead traumatic brain injury speech-language pathologist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She provides diagnostic and therapeutic interventions aimed at minimizing cognitive and language deficits and maximizing quality of life.

Posted on BrainLine July 19, 2012.

Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough, Brian King, and Jared Schaubert, BrainLine.