Open Lecture – The role of sensory stimulation programmes for people with severe brain injury
Providing appropriate stimulation and interaction is a key treatment objective for clinicians working with people who have a severe brain injury.
It can allow ongoing monitoring of responses, facilitate emerging communication and provide a role for families in the care of their loved one.
It is also a key area highlighted in the new Royal College of Physicians national clinical guidelines for prolonged disorders of consciousness.
This lecture will
- Consider sensory stimulation programmes within the context of assessment and treatment in this population
- Explore the background and rationale for sensory stimulation in prolonged disorders of consciousness and severe neuro-disability
- Highlight practical issues and showcase the RHN team’s development of a ward based controlled sensory environment
- Discuss support for families around the provision of sensory stimulation and interaction
- Suitable for any clinicians working with people who have severe brain injury and neuro-disability
- Dr Andrew Hanrahan, Consultant Physician in Neuro-rehabilitation, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
- Alice Howard, Advanced Specialist Speech & Language Therapist, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
- Lucy McDonough, Senior Occupational Therapist, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
- Laura Chapman, Ward Manager, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
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