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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Seeking assessment for adults with brain injury

Congratulations to Ashley Christin.

She just got a new job working with adults with brain injuries! Very pleased to hear this good news.

She hasn't started working yet because the company doesn't have recreational therapy - until now! She is one of a few rec therapists who'll be developing the service.

She was wondering if people knew any assessment tools that could she could use to evaluate clients.

Any help would be appreciated.

My comments:

Regret to say that I don’t know of any personally. My professional experience is psychiatric and pediatric settings. I have little experience of rehabilitation and/ or working with people with brain injuries.

Ask other departments that are currently employed in this setting. Ask the physical therapists if they’re aware of any good assessments and measurement tools that could be useful. They may have solutions.

I’ll also post your question in a few more places:

a.) therapeutic recreation forum:

b.) Will ask Dr. David Austin to post question and comments at his blog. Here is the link to his blog. He'll probably post your question soon.

c.) ATRA blog. Are you an ATRA member? If so, you can read their blog. I encourage you to join ATRA. I’ll get back to you if I hear anything from their posts.

Email me at DannyCTRS “at” Hotmail.Com
[Notice the @ has been replaced with “at” to prevent spam.

Received email from Dr. David Austin.

Here are his comments:

Two suggestions for your friend:
(1) Have her contact Prof. Youngkhill Lee (at Calvin College) who has expertise in physical rehab. He is a friend of mine and she can mention my name when she contacts him. His email is youngkhill "at"

(2) have her check Joan berlingame's book on standardized instruments in RT (The "Red Book.") Hope this helps. Best, Dave"

Dr. Austin sent another email today (Dec. 28th). He said:

You may wish to check with Prof Carmen Russenello at East Carolina. Dave

1 comment:

  1. Here is what my friend Ashley, CTRS replied today:

    Hey Danny! Thank you so much for posting my assessment question!! I haven started working with clients yet but I am starting to get everything together so when I do start. I am getting overwhelmed because no one at this company even know what Rec therapy is. I tried to explain different aquatic techniques and no one knew what I was talking about, even OT's and PT's. I have a lot of work ahead of me but I am ready to work hard to expand our profession! Posting my question was such a big help!! Thank you from he bottom of my heart!! I hope your Christmas was wonderful! Thanks for the Christmas note!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!


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