Gordon Muir Giles, Jo Clark-Wilson; The Use of Behavioral Techniques in Functional Skills Training After Severe Brain Injury. Am J Occup Ther 1988;42(10):658-665. doi: 10.5014/ajot.42.10.658.
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This paper discusses the application of behavioral methods to functional skills training in the adult with severe brain damage. Four cases are described demonstrating the effectiveness of this type of intervention in teaching washing and dressing skills. Three patients had deficits arising from traumatic brain injury and one had continuing problems following herpes simplex encephalitis. Theoretical issues in adapting behavioral methods to the needs of such patients who have severe disorders of memory, attention, and motivation are discussed.
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