Getting the GIST: Group Interactive Structured Treatment— Social Competence

By Carolyn A. Scott, Ph.D., CBIST Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers Social Communication— An individual’s ability to receive and interpret verbal and nonverbal information from the environment as well as the ability to generate a response or initiate communication with others. There are a number of cognitive and emotional skills that contribute to one’s ability to communicate,…

New equipment featured at the NeuroRehab Campus

We are pleased to announce that the NeuroRehab Campus now offers the RT 300 Leg and Arm FES Cycling system with SAGE. What is FES? Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) is a well-established rehabilitation technique that uses pulses of electrical current to stimulate peripheral nerves evoking muscle contractions and patterned muscle activity. Stimulating these nerves evokes…

TBI and Sensory Defensiveness

By Samantha Fitzsimmons, OTR/L, CBIS Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers Sensory Defensiveness (SD) is an inappropriate and exaggerated response to a typically harmless sensation.(1) Sensory defensiveness may affect as much as 15 percent of the typical population.(2) In clinical populations, including developmental disorders, mental health disorders and injury, sensory defensiveness has been noted to affect 20 percent…

Traumatic Brain Injury and Endocrine Dysfunction

By Carolyn A. Scott, Ph.D., CBIST Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers When individuals think about the effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) on the body, they may think about muscle weakness or spasticity, difficulty communicating, slowed thinking, etc. The effects of the injury on our endocrine system may be less obvious to outside observers. However, endocrine…

5 Tips for Fall Prevention

By Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI), in fact one out of five falls causes a serious injury. Alarmingly, two-thirds of those who experience a fall will fall again within six months. It is particularly important for individuals with a brain injury to take extra care because…

How we hear sound

By Angie McCalla, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers Hearing loss can sometimes occur when someone suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even if the ear itself is not damaged, a person with TBI can have a loss in hearing that is caused by the way sound is processed in the brain. If damage has…

Cognitive Rehabilitation: We All Can Help!

By Carolyn A. Scott, Ph.D., CBIST & Angie McCall, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers After a moderate or severe brain injury, deficits in attention, memory, information processing, and executive functioning, such as thought flexibility, are common. The impairments may be significant enough that individuals with brain injuries require supervision and assistance with basic and…