Brain Injury Awareness Month at Golisano Restorative Neurology & Rehabilitation Center (6/6)


>>I love this topic that Ashley is out
focusing on today a program at Unity Hospital. They’re helping patients who
have suffered traumatic brain injuries.>>Yeah, one part of the program focuses on
cognitive abilities, really fascinating stuff so this morning Ashley is learning
more on just how it helps.>>Yeah, we have a really interesting piece of technology
here. Andrea what exact what is this? It’s called BITS right? Yeah. So what does this
do?>>The BITS we use as a technological tool
and its supplemental evaluation as well as we can use it in our treatment
planning and what exactly addresses is the visual perceptual difficulties as
well as cognitive impairments after a brain injury. So visual perceptual I mean
is how the brain is processing what exactly we’re seeing. So we typically
some see some visual spatial difficulties and Chris, after your
injury, you had some impairments so we use this as a treatment guideline. So the
first one I want to show is just a visual one and this is one that he
also did we’re making a little harder now that he’s doing well. He did it in a
wheelchair.>>Do you remember using this and when you were here? Do you
remember?>>Yes I would have the mallet.>>You were in the wheelchair when you were
doing this… okay>>Yeah, so now we can upgrade him and do it in standing so
here we can work on standing balance and endurance as well as functional reach out
of base of support here. We’ll do one with it’s a reaction time but it’s
looking at his visual field — how he’s seeing things left to right and we can
change it to make it more difficult and less and less difficult. Alright let’s
do here. Alright when you’re ready press the middle! Alright, find all the
dots as fast as you can.>>What is this like for you Chris?>>This is
interesting and I trying my hardest to not mess up>>Well because it’s live you were like
I can’t do it I have to do live!>>Some of the therapists that it worked
with you Laura was one of them Laura had the camera down her nose this last time
but you said you worked with Chris and what did you say about his recovery
seeing this.>>Well I think we don’t often get to see patients two years after
their injury sometimes we never see them again but from where Chris was from a
cognitive standpoint to where he is now it’s one of the most exceptional
recoveries I’ve witnessed. He claims he still has a far way to go and
I’m sure he has his goals that he wants to achieve but it’s really fantastic for
myself and Lauren, who also was a speech pathologist, working with him for us to
see him back in school and doing so well.>>And you said you still have some goals
that you want to you use you notice some things but when when you hear them
saying you come a long way what do you think? what goes through your mind?>>It’s super
uplifting and it’s showing the compassion and love they have for me and
I’m super grateful but I still can’t help but push myself to I could do that
and I don’t get mean to myself but I still see the distance that I could
cover.>>Yeah how’d you do on this? Was it okay?>>Pretty well!>>Okay do you want to
show them the other part?>>That gets more of the cognitive piece so he was having a little difficulty
with that one he was here and that’s where we overlap with speech therapy as
well so we both addressed cognition. So, we’ll do a medium pattern for him
today medium difficulty. Alright Chris what I want you to do: when I press this
I want you to look at the pattern on the right side. Okay and try to look at it
and remember as much as you can and then you’re gonna draw on your left side, okay?
So this addresses visual memory.>>So, it kind of stays up there and then goes
away?>>You’re doing great. Good let’s see how you did!>>Good job!>>But things like this,
when you said you still have things that you notice is that kind of is a memory
thing or what what do you mean by when you said used to have things that you
you you notice that are different?>>Well, when I was I got my neuro psychology exam in Maine when I moved back home, they saw
that I was dramatically impaired in a few different places and I see that and
I was like that shouldn’t happen I should be able to figure that something
like that out and that was a relatively medium but the hard ones I like why
can’t I do that? So I just want to get there and I see that I potentially could
so I really want to push myself to see if I can.>>He loves a challenge, don’t you? But
this is again just normally they’ve been showing you the different ways that they
are helping. Again March is Brain Injury Awareness Month so we’re just showing
you the amazing things going on right here in our own backyard.>>Wow we just
keep going whoa whoa!>>Jaw dropped over here. It’s just amazing to watch how they
creative they’ve gotten with these what looks like a game I can see even kids
able to engage in it.>>Trainin’ the brain.>>Amazing stuff.

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