Conference Statements Mild TBI and PTSD – April 20, 2016
Marty Salo – firstname.lastname@example.org – Tampa, FL
- Life with a traumatic brain injury presents challenges.
- Friends fade away.
- Often there are driving difficulties.
- Sometimes traumatic amnesia, aphasia present, and language needs to be re-aquired.
- Broken bones have general guidelines for time when casting is required to heal the bones.
- It is said that TBI’s heal differently, 1/3rd heal well, 1/3rd don’t heal well, and 1/3rd fall in between.
- TBI is an injury with damages to multiple systems.
- Seizures are scary to those who are observing, frustrating to those who live it.
- With effort, recovery is possible.
- Technology toys can assist with the expression of language and help with the game of life.
- Technology toys can be helpful in a variety of ways.
- For simplicity sake, assume iPads were settled on as platform of choice.
- Apps can be helpful.
- Geolocation can interface with loaded data for hospitals, churches, mental health facilities.
- Primary reason for wanting to go with iPads is FaceTime.
- Having the ability to reach out and video chat with friends is powerful.
- There are many possibilities for maps data and location services.
- Support for iPads should be less difficult to provide than supporting a variety of PC platforms.
- Mostly, the purpose of the iPads is to reduce isolation.
- Enabling messaging, and conversations.
- Each Survivor is probably at a different place in recovery.
- Observing, rejoicing in the victories of others is inspiring.
- Having iPads for TBI vets would also enable greater amounts of telemedicine, remote consults.
- Crisis intervention could be assisted.
- Isolation would be reduced as contacts are made with a community of survivors.
- Finding others who have similar experiences is powerful.
- Belonging provides others with hope.
- Facebook groups is a wonderful way of finding and connecting with others.
- We can view happiness as a general measure of quality of life.
- We can measure happiness on a self rating schedule.
- That will give us clues and directions as to improvements in life quality.
- A recent example: I started a Facebook closed group dealing with successful experiences post TBI.
- Currently, there are 590 subscribers.
- Successful outcomes are individually determined by each Facebook participant.
- This gives reinforcement to others and encourages successful behaviors.
- Hope provides better outcomes than those not so encouraged.
- Outcomes are what we should be after.
- Finally, I would propose we move to more interaction by using ipads and social media to improve TBI quality of life.
*** There are handouts available for those with further interest.