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ERIC Number: EJ948305
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
EAAT Training for Injured Brains
Flynn, Perry; Lundgren, Kristine; Mankoff, Lyn; Johnson, Leslie
Exceptional Parent, v41 n5 p16-17 May 2011
Cognitive impairments resulting from traumatic brain injury (TBI) are often long-lasting and difficult to remediate. These include problems with thinking, memory, reasoning, expressing and understanding emotion, social communication and social appropriateness. Survivors are often limited in their ability to return to a previous level of performance on a job or at school; others will never return. Unfortunately, few treatment options exist to improve chronic impairments associated with TBI. That is why equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT), which have shown some promising results, are being explored as one possible adjunct treatment by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). During the summer, the departments' graduate students complete an intensive two-week clinical experience, providing speech and language services to a particular client population. One option is participation in an EAAT program at HorsePower Therapeutic Learning Center, a NARHA Premier Accredited Center in Colfax, North Carolina. During the summers of 2008 and 2009, under the direction of Professor Perry Flynn and Lyn Mankoff and Dr. Kristine Lundgren, individuals who had sustained a TBI received services, assisted by a grant from the Winston Salem Foundation. One of the 10 participants was Brandy, a woman in her late 20s who has been coping with the effects of a brain injury for the past 10 years. This article presents Brandy's story which reinforces the benefits of complementing traditional cognitive rehabilitation with EAAT to remediate the devastating long-term effects of TBI. The CSD Department at the university will continue to review and collect data on this unique program to determine if EAAT, paired with traditional cognitive rehabilitation, proves to be an effective means of providing treatment to remediate cognitive impairments in individuals with TBI.
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Language: English
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