Parent Perspectives on the Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury on Academic Success for their College-Aged Children

By Elaine Sampson, MS CRC; and Aiyana Taylor, BS Introduction According to research, approximately 1.7 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Symptoms related to this injury vary from person to person, but can include: Fatigue, Headaches, Blurry vision, and/or Rapid or extreme mood changes. These injuries are especially prevalent among transition-aged youth (young people between the ages of 16 and 24). In 2015, the Centers for […]

Calling All Innovators For The “CAREGIVERS SHARK TANK”

The National Caregivers Conference is inviting innovators, inventors, researchers and thought leaders to share their new ideas, products, technology’s, or therapeutic concepts that aim to transform the health and role of family caregivers. The National Caregivers Conference is returning to New Jersey since Superstorm Sandy forced its cancellation in October 2012. This annual conference is renowned for its National level speakers, workshops and exhibitors who address both individual and national issues facing the caregiver community. […]

Raising Awareness of the Benefits of Music in Therapy

Leading regional musical organizations collaborated in a distinctive chamber music event on February 2, 2018, to help raise awareness of the benefits of music in therapy. The Chattanooga-based nonprofit organization, Music Therapy Gateway in Communications (MTGIC), initiated the innovative series of educational concerts and informational lectures in 2013, which has now become a yearly event. Grant funding from the Tennessee Arts Commission has supported each concert, enabling admission to be free of charge. Erlanger Health […]

Supporting College Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries for Academic and Employment Success

BY PHILLIP RUMRILL * EILEEN ELIAS ** DEBORAH J. HENDRICKS *** KAREN JACOBS **** ANNE LEOPOLD ** AMANDA NARDONE **** DEBORAH MINTON * AIYANA TAYLOR ** ELAINE SAMPSON *** MARCIA SCHERER ***** * KENT STATE UNIVERSITY; ** JBS INTERNATIONAL, INC.; *** WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY; **** BOSTON UNIVERSITY; ***** UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER; ****** VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY AUTHOR NOTE The contents of this article were developed under a grant from the United States Department of Education, NIDRR […]

Alabama’s Special Camp for Children & Adults

The impact that a Camp ASCCA experience can have on increasing confidence and the level of independence often remains long after the camp session has ended. BY GLENN ROSWAL AND DANA RICKMAN With more than 25 different activities from which to choose, Camp ASCCA is an exciting place to visit. Each activity area offers a unique experience and allows the camper to succeed on his or her own, as well as in an environment of […]

Practice Without Pressure

Practice Without Pressure™ greatly reduces and, most times, eliminates the need for sedation and restraint. The PWP model includes the individual, the family/caregiver, and the clinican, and introduces the PWP practice specialist into the paradigm. BY DEBORAH JASTREBSKI THE NEED You wake up one morning and your tooth hurts. Although it’s not your favorite thing you call your dentist, make an appointment and go get it fixed. You’re nervous but you tell the dentist that, […]

VA’s Polytrauma System of Care Marks One Million TBI Screenings

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Polytrauma System of Care (PSC) has hit the one million mark in screening Veterans for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), often regarded as one of the signature injuries of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. TBI symptoms such as severe headaches, memory loss, reduced executive functioning, and tinnitus can range from manageable to seriously disabling, potentially limiting a Veteran’s ability to work and manage daily living. Screening Veterans for […]