After being injured in a car accident, Miss K suffered from impaired vision, memory, speech, mobility, and independence. At the time of her admission to CORE (several years later), she also suffered from difficulties with initiation, fatigue, cooperation, emotional lability, low frustration tolerance, depression, agitation, verbal aggression, emotional outbursts, and poor understanding of time management.
Through physical therapy and other treatment protocols, she learned how to feed and dress herself and become more independent with other adult living skills. She made significant improvements in both her long-term and short-term memory and continues to see progress five years after the injury. Her speech and vision were both areas of focus and were significantly improved, and she learned how to better manage her behavior in place of frequent outbursts.
Historically, it was believed that little could be done for an individual after the first few years following a brain injury. We now know that meaningful neurological change can occur many years after injury, if the proper treatment is delivered in an intensive, targeted fashion. The principles of The Resilient Mind provide new hope for people like Miss K; hope that actual neurological recovery, and not just compensation, are possible long after the initial period of spontaneous recovery from a brain injury.