This blog focuses on brain injury, ranging from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and concussion to strokes. A-Z Learning Alternatives also works with ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder), various learning disabilities including dyslexia, and dyscalculia, and autism spectrum disorders. One of our major tools is Interactive Metronome which has proven effective in treating all of these conditions. We also use paper and pencil and online activities and strategies to make learners and workers more efficient and productive. Visit our website to learn more about our services for those coping with ADHD, (including adult ADHD), autism spectrum, dyslexia, and other learning disabilities.
I spend a fair amount of time following various news media, military blogs and news sources, and scientific experts on concussion and brain injury as well as ADHD, learning disabilities, and autism. I regularly tweet, retweet, and share this information on Facebook.
If you would like a window on this world, without having to spend a lot of time trawling the internet, you can find me on social media (see links).
Twitter – Dr. Clair Hinckley @TBIDrClair
Facebook – A-Z Learning Alternatives, LLC – Brain Recovery Support Systems
One of the sad consequences of brain injury is isolation. People just don’t understand the situation when the wound is invisible. Slowed or altered social responses and disinhibition (saying or doing whatever pops into your head without considering whether it is politic or tactful) can put off friends and family. Personality changes, some trivial (the friend who inspired my interest in TBI now likes vegetable he used to spurn), others more disconcerting, also can puzzle and turn off people who don’t understand. Veterans are used to teamwork. This sense of connection is one of the facets of military life that spurs re-enlistment among healthy military folk, and one of the things they miss during recovery from injuries. Some survivors are isolated in remote areas, others by the effects of their injuries. In any case, helping them reconnect with peers who actually understand their situation is a smart approach to treatment.
This story supports my belief that working with groups of veterans and helping them connect online is a good idea: