Neuro-Rehabilitation Program

​About this Program

The Neuro-Rehabilitation Program (NRP) provides comprehensive outpatient treatment services for people, ages 16 and older, with acquired brain injury as a result of such conditions as traumatic brain injury, stroke, tumor and multiple sclerosis. The interdisciplinary team focuses on improving independence in the home and the ability to return to more productive activity, such as work or school. Treatment addresses cognitive, physical and emotional/behavioral changes related to brain injury through individual and, in some cases, group formats. Patient and family involvement in setting treatment goals is emphasized and treatment progress is monitored closely by the entire care team.

Services

The following services are available:

  • Physiatry (Physical Medicine Physician): Evaluates patients for their rehabilitation needs and monitors progress in therapies. They may also provide medical interventions (e.g. medication management) to promote recovery.
  • Neuropsychology: Provides evaluations of cognitive and emotional functioning to help understand the effects of brain injury, assist with patient and family education, and guide recommendations for treatment and return to work or school.
  • Rehabilitation Psychology: Provides psychotherapy services for emotional and behavioral changes associated with brain injury. Treatment is typically conducted individually with the patient, but often includes family members.
  • Rehabilitation Counseling: Promotes adjustment to disability and plans for return to work, school and other productive activities.
  • Speech Pathology: Provides treatment to improve communication, memory, attention and other cognitive skills. They may also evaluate and treat difficulties with swallowing and/or voice.
  • Occupational Therapy: Provides treatment to improve independence with activities of daily living such as meal preparation and household management. They also provide treatment to improve upper extremity function and may perform driving evaluations.
  • Physical Therapy: Provides treatment for balance, ambulation, dizziness, flexibility and strength. They evaluate the need for assistive devices and/or bracing for ambulation and provide home exercise programs.

Group Treatment:

  • Cognitive Group: 8-week course to address attention, memory, problem solving and communication.
  • Psychotherapy Group: 8-week course that addresses adjustment to disability and emotional difficulties (mood, anxiety and anger) and teaches strategies for coping with changes related to brain injury.

Admission to the Neuro-Rehabilitation Program

Admission to the program can occur in the following ways:

  1. Brain Injury Rehabilitation Clinic (BIRC): This clinic is devoted to evaluation of patients’ current status and their treatment needs. Patients seen in this evaluation clinic are referred typically by outside care providers or agencies, but can also be self-referred. All patients seen in the clinic are evaluated by a physiatrist and, in most cases, by either a neuropsychologist or rehabilitation psychologist.
  2. Direct referral from an outside care provider into our rehabilitation therapies (e.g. speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy or rehab counseling).

For more information on this program, call 206.598.4295.​