New tool helps “Locked-In” condition


A new tool has been added to help clinicians identify individuals who are experiencing consciousness but unable to communicate due to their brain injury. This condition is identified as the “Locked-In Syndrome” and until this development it has been difficult to measure the person’s ability to respond. While family members often could detect response, rehab professionals had little in the way of an objective assessment and evaluation tool.

Click here to read about the scanner and how it has offered help to a person who has been unable to communicate.

About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.
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