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Megan Berg
The Therapy Insights Podcast Episode 09: Doesn’t Want to Stay Here, Not Safe to Go Home with Emily LoPiccolo

The Therapy Insights Podcast Episode 09: Doesn’t Want to Stay Here, Not Safe to Go Home with Emily LoPiccolo

In this episode, we explore this (fictional) case study: Alejandro is a 55 yo male who was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 48. He was taken to the emergency room due to a fall in his home that resulted in mild head trauma as well as a broken wrist. A friend hadn’t heard from him in a couple of days and found him on the floor. After his acute stay in the hospital, he was taken to a post-acute care facility. While working with a team of speech, occupational, and physical therapists, the therapy team learns that...

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Megan Berg
The Therapy Insights Podcast Episode 08: A System-Level Response to TBIs Among the Incarcerated Population with Risa Klemme and Mark Harniss

The Therapy Insights Podcast Episode 08: A System-Level Response to TBIs Among the Incarcerated Population with Risa Klemme and Mark Harniss

Until now, people who are incarcerated have not been screened for TBIs. We know that TBIs can cause changes in behavior and personality that can lead to incarceration, and once inside, make it more difficult to fully heal and functionally return to the community. The Washington Department of Corrections is one of the first, if not the first, state correctional agencies in the U.S. to implement a system-level response to TBIs among the incarcerated population. How did this happen? Through a persistent effort to build relationships, foster inter-agency collaboration, and a strong commitment to sustaining the mental health resources necessary...

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Cognitive Functioning in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: A Meta-Analysis (2018)

Cognitive Functioning in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: A Meta-Analysis (2018)

Leslie, B., & Crowe, S. F. (2018). Cognitive functioning in systemic lupus erythematosus: A meta-analysis. Lupus, 27(6), 920-929. This study was a meta-analysis to assess the cognitive deficits commonly associated with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The authors found individuals with SLE, with or without neuropsychiatric involvement, do have statistically significant deficits with cognitive fluency, visual attention, immediate visual memory, and visual reasoning when compared to healthy controls. These results are essential to help with further development of assessment and rehabilitation treatment for people with SLE with or without neuropsychological involvement. Systemic lupus erythematosus is an inflammatory disease where the auto-immune...

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Megan Berg
The Therapy Insights Podcast Episode 07: TBI is a Marathon, Not a Sprint with Dennis Zgaljardic

The Therapy Insights Podcast Episode 07: TBI is a Marathon, Not a Sprint with Dennis Zgaljardic

Neuropsychologist Dr. Dennis J. Zgaljardic dissects 7 quotes (published on brainline.org) written by people who have survived brain injuries. From pace of progress, family dynamics, feelings of worthlessness, behavior plans, identity transformations, functional goals, anosognosia, confabulation, and "non-compliance," this episode has it all. Dr. Zgaljardic's experience in the realm of rehabilitation medicine offers wonderful insight into how speech, occupational, and physical therapists can fully engage within the complex dance of a therapist-client relationship within the context of traumatic brain injury. Guest: Dennis J. Zgaljardic, Ph.D., ABPP/CN - Gulf Coast Neuropsychology. Show notes/links "Brain Injury Is ..." Brain Injury Defined By...

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