Brain injury therapies

Neuropsychologist Peter Stavinoha, PhD, shares advice for parents on the best therapies to help your child recover from a brain injury
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Brain injury therapies

Following a traumatic brain injury, there's a team of professionals that usually will work with the child and recommend and implement a number of interventions to try to help get that child back to the level that they were prior to their injury. So things like speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and then a group of interventions we call cognitive rehabilitation; so those would be things like working on attentional functions, basic self-care type functions, educational therapies are often recommended. And so particularly during that time window when it's closer to the injury, so we're usually looking at the first several months following injury, usually those will be pretty intensive. As time goes by and as the injury now is functionally leading to more permanent type issues if the child had a more moderate to severe injury, then we look at management of those kinds of things. So there may still be ongoing therapy, but we're really looking at just trying to maximize that child's functional capacity.

Neuropsychologist Peter Stavinoha, PhD, shares advice for parents on the best therapies to help your child recover from a brain injury


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Peter L. Stavinoha, PhD, ABPP, is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist in Dallas, Texas.  He directs the Neuropsychology Service at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and he is Professor in Psychology/Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He was named Distinguished Psychologist for 2005 by the Dallas Psychological Association. Dr. Stavinoha specializes in the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional aspects of developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury in children. As a general parenting expert, he is regularly interviewed in the media, Dallas morning television, Parents and Parenting Magazines, and numerous parenting blogs. Together with Sara Bridget Au, he is co-author of Stress-Free Potty Training. He has also authored several chapters in scholarly texts on subjects ranging from pediatric concussion to brain tumors in children. Dr. Stavinoha received a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Stavinoha completed a residency in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Neuropsychological Society, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Stavinoha has a 16-year old son named Joe.

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