Thursday, March 13, 2008

Applying lessons from the rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury to the care of special needs children

I've been frustrated by the thunderous silence on how to manage a special need's child whose brain has areas of profound weakness. Subsequently it has occurred to me that there has been quite a bit of research on the topic of optimizing the function of injured brains -- but the work has been done in the context of trauma, not of congenital or developmental injury.

Traumatic brain injury rehabilitation has always had much more funding than the rehabilitation of congenitally injured minds, but terrible rates of brain injury in modern warfare have greatly increased research funding for young adults as well.

A quick PubMed search suggests there may be fruitful ideas in this domain: "brain injuries"[MeSH Major Topic] AND ("rehabilitation"[Subheading] OR "rehabilitation"[MeSH Terms] OR rehabilitation[Text Word]) has 3537 hits, of which 534 show up in the review tab. A Google search using "rehabilitation" and "traumatic brain injury" has 812,000 hits today, though they are, of course, highly repetitive.

I'll look into this a bit more.

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