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:
Post-Conference Update: The report was very positive and is expected to be published in a scientific journal in the near future.
Full disclosure: I have been an Interactive Metronome provider for years and attended the first annual conference in DC in 2002.
The lovely city of San Antonio is the site of this year’s Interactive Metronome provider conference. I am especially interested in the the following speaker:
Immediate Effects of Interactive Metronome on Cognition and Electrocortical Functioning in Recovery from Blast Related Traumatic Brain Injury. Lonnie Nelson, PhD
SPOILER ALERT: I hear rumors that the report will be highly favorable.
For more information about Interactive Metronome (a computer-based intervention that helps with attention, auditory processing, balance, coordination, impulse control, aggressive behavior, and processing speed) check our their website, research and case studies, videos, and local providers at http://interactivemetronome.com (see our LINKS).