PARTNERS WITH HICKOK
TO CREATE LEARNING CENTER
N.Y., January 4, 2006 --
Nazareth College and the
Hickok Center for Brain Injury, Inc. are proud to announce a
partnership agreement to create a learning center that will be housed at
Center. Since 1993, speech-language
pathology students and more recently physical therapy students have been
providing limited cognitive-communication and movement therapy to the
members of the Center.
agreement of collaboration which was fostered in November 2005 will open
the door to the expansion of interdisciplinary learning experiences for
students and faculty and for
Center’s staff, members,
students work with brain injury survivors within the Clubhouse Model
practiced at the Hickok
Center will provide our students with a
unique clinical experience.” says Shirley Szekeres, dean of the School of Health and Human
“With the learning center initiative, students will be able
develop their clinical skills as they increase their
understanding of the long term effects of acquired brain injury and gain
greater insight into the challenges of delivering community
reintegration services within the current health care environment”
There are many different causes of acquired brain injury.
Some brain injuries are due to trauma, such as motor vehicle
accidents, gunshot wounds, falls, assaults or sports injuries.
These types of injuries are called traumatic brain injuries
(TBIs). Other acquired brain
injuries are the result of problems in the brain; such as brain tumors,
lack of oxygen to the brain, strokes or aneurysms, infections or
arterial venal malformations.
After experiencing brain injury, an individual can be affected by:
Memory loss or amnesia
Decreased capacity for
thinking that involves decision-making, organizing, reasoning,
planning and processing new information
Difficulty understanding or
expressing oneself in language such as finding the words they want
to say, or articulating words
Reduction of social skills,
i.e. may say some things that are inappropriate
Emotional effects like
denial, confusion, anger, sadness, disappointment, frustration, etc.
with lifting, coordinating movements, balancing, walking, etc.
The Hickok Center provides rehabilitation by
engaging members in meaningful activity with coaching, promotes group
identity and support, and provides opportunities for practice to help
brain injury survivors reach their full potential to select and
participate in activities and become successful in self-management.
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