After a brain injury, a useful alternative to the natural development of executive functions (EF) having to do with inhibition and emotional self-control is the reinforcement of rules that prohibit target behaviors. Using prohibitions to develop self-control is useful because it simulates the down-regulation of the limbic system by the orbital-frontal cortex (OFC). The OFC [...]
Three important concepts for us to consider are cognitive work capacity, cognitive work demand, and cognitive reserve, the person’s residual functional capacity. As a person is evaluated to return to work after experiencing a brain injury, a comparison will be made between his or her available work capacity and the job’s demands. If there is [...]
During childhood and adolescence, the development of executive functions such as working memory follows the development of white matter tracts and associations among cortical and sub-cortical structures in the human brain (Nagy, Westerberg, & Klingberg, 2004). Full integration of white matter and gray matter does not conclude until early adulthood, with males and females differing [...]
Rancho Los Amigos Hospital Ward 904 Tuesday, May 5, 1970 Paul was big for a 15-year-old and protested with loud profanity as Mrs. G. and I pushed him strapped to his wheelchair out of Ward 904, the pediatric wing for rehabilitation of children with brain injuries, to the Music Room for our first therapy session. [...]
Vert Mooney died yesterday afternoon on his way home from work, apparently from a heart attack or stroke. He was a pioneer in so many aspects of rehabilitation and one of the world's foremost spine surgeons, a wonderful husband and father, and a friend and mentor whose absence will be deeply felt. I woke up [...]
Why God-Wired? Because I believe that God is the Architect of your brain...one trillion cells packed into 3 pounds of matter...100 billion neurons, with 10,000 connections each...the foundation of your mind, your personality, and your abilities, with millions being added every day.
... the Hippocampus of a happy and successful person...helps her develop belief in her courage to handle difficult situations, self-esteem by appreciating her successes, her character and responsible habits, her helpful personality and skills in cooperating with others, and an attitude of respect and grace for others.
What is different for psychologists, counselors, and many healthcare professionals is that whenever faith is important to our patients, our resistance to addressing faith as a legitimate issue unnecessarily limits our effectiveness.
What is the common thread among these approaches? The patient must accept ongoing responsibility for pain. In order to manage pain, the patient must develop an attitude of personal agency.
Recall a time or place or experience that was especially soothing, in which you felt safe and secure. If you are spiritual person it may well involve an experience in which you surrendered control and let God take over or recognized the transcendent nature of God.