Personal Narrative Film: Cog Rehabilitation After TBI

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Presenter: Cheryl Green MS, CCC-SLP
Course Preview:
Cognitive rehabilitation addressing the impairment level after brain injury poses a challenge for generalization at the participation level. This presentation offers an example of community-based, self-directed cognitive rehabilitation in a natural setting through creating personal narrative-based films. Film content addresses deficits in context, providing a starting point for context-oriented treatment and a model for multi-faceted social communication intervention.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the WHO International Classification of Health, Disability, and Heath (ICF) model of disability and intervention
  • Identify goals for cognitive rehabilitation at the impairment, activity limitation, and social participation levels
  • Examine the overlap between arts, storytelling, and social communication interventions
  • Describe a context-oriented treatment approach in clinic- and community-based settings
  • Describe filmed personal narratives as a potential therapy tool, targeting compensations, social participation and quality of life
About Cheryl: Cheryl Green, MS earned an MFA in Performance as Public Practice in 2003 and an MS in Speech and Hearing Sciences in 2009. These two fields are merged to explore how story can be used to break down stigma and barriers and how media access can be a tool for social justice. She creates films with an insider’s perspective of traumatic brain injury and disability, dynamically combining personal narrative with self-advocacy. She served on the Board of BIRRDsong and currently serves on the Board of Disability Art and Culture Project. Cheryl is dedicated to increasing web and media access for people with a range of disabilities, creating Closed Captioning, subtitles, transcriptions of audio, Alt text graphics tagging, audio recordings of written text, and verbal and written image descriptions.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

Course Timeline:

5 minutes: Introduction and Disclosures

45 minutes: Overview and Context of Cognitive Rehabilitation

45 minutes: Use of Media, Storytelling, and Arts in Disability and Rehabilitation

35 minutes: Presentation of two short films

30 minutes: Practical applications of films in the clinic

10 minutes: Discussion, Q&A

5 minutes: Conclusion and Wrap Up

Disclosure Statement: 
Financial: Cheryl Green is a speaker for and receives royalties. 
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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