We’re all looking forward to a little downtime over the holidays, and relaxing on the couch and watching movies is usually on our list of top activities. In that spirit we’ve curated eight movies that speech-language pathologists will enjoy—and even be inspired by—from recent movies about survivors of stroke or brain injury, to classics that show how communication disorders were treated in the past. So, grab the popcorn (and a box of tissues) and scroll down for eight amazing movies that are entertaining, thought-provoking, and in many cases, heart-rending.
Brain injury, whether from TBI or stroke, is a complex condition with a wide range of injury severity and and variable outcomes. So, when a patient or caregiver asks, “How long will recovery take?” the answer really depends on cause of the injury, location, severity and the general health of the patient. The one thing the answer will not be is “six months” or “one year” “and at that point that’s as good as it gets.” These answers are what many medical providers used to give in the past, but published research has since proven that brain injury and stroke survivors can push past a supposed “progress plateau” and improve with effective and continuous brain rehabilitation—even years after the initial event. This post addresses the myth of the brain injury plateau and provides tips for getting past it, because…you can!
Empathy. Respect. Patience. Great communication skills. Product knowledge. These are attributes you expect from top-notch customer support agents. Matt has these in spades. A member of our Customer Support team for two years, Matt is loved by the customers and clinicians who rely on him every day to answer support requests from password changes to questions about the science behind Constant Therapy.
We sat down with Matt recently to ask what motivates him and what he likes best about being on the Customer Support Team.
1.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year, and currently more than 5.3 million people are living with disabilities caused by TBI. When you’ve had an injury to the brain, basic brain functions can be affected, making things that used to be second nature, like speech, memory, reading, writing and attention, difficult. With the holidays approaching, and travel to see loved ones on the schedule, you might be wondering how to navigate the formerly second-nature aspects of travel like trip-planning, driving, and flying. In this post, we provide helpful tips to make holiday travel a little easier.
Choosing healthy foods may contribute to recovery after stroke. Healthy foods can help control blood pressure, body weight, reduce risk of another stroke, and may help with the demands of stroke therapy and other daily activities. In this post, we explain why a healthy diet matters and then provide tips for eating well and making mealtimes easier.
November is National Family Caregivers Month. This is a time to honor the contribution of those volunteer friends and family members who support a loved one with their health or managing a disability. There are over 44 million Americans who care for a family member, friend, or neighbor. Depending on the situation, they may provide medical and nursing tasks, as well as daily living care like helping with bathing, transportation, shopping, etc. Because the holidays—with the gifts, parties, baking, family (or perhaps the absence of these things)—can be extra stressful to both caregivers and care recipients, we’ve provided list of things that family caregivers can do to minimize the strain.
November 11th is Veterans Day - a time to honor those who serve in our nation's military. This year, we're bringing awareness to a major issue faced by many returning veterans - Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI.
The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in increased numbers of veterans who have experienced traumatic brain injuries. The statistics are staggering - more than 380,000 vets have been diagnosed with TBI since 2001. Research on the topic has shown that there are differences between the way that brain injury is experienced by those in the military vs. those in civilian life. This article will explore those differences, and provide suggestions to help family members care for veterans with head injury.
Anyone who has had a brain injury understands what is meant when brain injuries are called “invisible injuries.” You look the same, and everything on the surface seems normal, but underneath everything has changed. Survivors have described this as “feeling like they are wearing a mask”—that what’s on the outside doesn’t always reflect the struggle on the inside. This post explores the impact of having an invisible injury like a brain injury, and what survivors can do to unmask their injury.
What is speech-language pathology? And how does it help recovery from stroke or brain injury? Those are the basic questions clients have for speech-language pathologists at the beginning of care. But the answers to those questions may raise more questions, such as “How long will therapy last?” This post helps patients and caregivers understand the role SLPs play in the treatment of speech, language, and cognitive disorders. It closes with eight questions patients and caregivers may want to ask on their first visit in order to get the most out of treatment.
Studies indicate that patient participation in relevant and personal goal-setting can result in greater satisfaction with the rehabilitation experience, along with improved recovery. But how do you make sure the goals are functional—in other words, that they relate directly to real-life activities that patients need and want to do outside of the clinic? This blog post shows how to connect those dots, and illustrates its points with examples.