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Research Article  |   October 1988
The Use of Behavioral Techniques in Functional Skills Training After Severe Brain Injury
Author Affiliations
  • Gordon Muir Giles, Dip COT, OTR, is Clinical Director, Transitions, Berkeley Head Injury Recovery Center, 2733 Woolsey Street, Berkeley, California 94705. At the time this article was written, he was Senior Occupational Therapist, The Kemsley Unit, St. Andrew’s Hospital, Northampton, England
  • Jo Clark-Wilson, Dip COT, is Senior Occupational Therapist, The Kemsley Unit, St. Andrew’s Hospital, Northampton, England
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Neurologic Conditions / Traumatic Brain Injury / Features
Research Article   |   October 1988
The Use of Behavioral Techniques in Functional Skills Training After Severe Brain Injury
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1988, Vol. 42, 658-665. doi:10.5014/ajot.42.10.658
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1988, Vol. 42, 658-665. doi:10.5014/ajot.42.10.658
Abstract

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.