Brain Injury

“Approximately 3.5 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States each year (Coronado et al., 2012), with 2% of the U.S. population living with TBI-related disabilities (Thurman, Alverson, Dunn, Guerrero, & Sniezek, 1999). At 3 to 5 years post-injury, 60% of those with moderate to severe injuries have not returned to pre-injury levels of their major activity (e.g., work, school) and leisure and recreation, and 45% report difficulties in social integration (Dikmen, Machamer, Powell, & Temkin, 2003). Occupational therapy practitioners play a key role in reducing long-term disability from TBI by facilitating participation in everyday activities, areas of occupation, and social roles. Knowing how to best provide therapy services is of paramount importance to clinicians working with this complex population. The aim of this review is to assist occupational therapy practitioners in making informed decisions regarding multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary treatment approaches to improve everyday activities/areas of occupation and social participation after TBI.”

 -Reference: AOTA Critically Appraised Topics and papers, Traumatic Brain Injury, AOTA Evidenced based literature Review Project.

 Due to the neuroplasticity of the brain, Brain Harmony’s multi-sensory programs can return function to brains post injury over 10 years.

Study:

 After 60 one-hour iLs sessions combined with Physical Therapy over a period of three months, a 60-year old woman with a brain injury had the following results on Auditory Processing Skills:

                              November 2010             March 2011

Filtered Words:                1%                        16%

Competing Words:           2%                        50%

Competing Sentences:  37%                         75%

She is now able to attend church and eat out at restaurants. She continues to report improvements in her balance, coordination and speech.

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