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In what ways can peer mentors be helpful after a spinal cord injury?

In what ways can peer mentors be helpful after a spinal cord injury?

Terrie Price, PhD

Neuropsychologist/Director of Neuropsychology and Family Services, Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City, Missouri

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I think it’s very helpful if an individual can have some form of peer mentoring where they can have an opportunity to talk somebody one-on-one, who may have experienced very similar experiences and some of their own fears. The challenge can be some... Show More

I think it’s very helpful if an individual can have some form of peer mentoring where they can have an opportunity to talk somebody one-on-one, who may have experienced very similar experiences and some of their own fears. The challenge can be sometimes finding somebody with a similar injury because that’s what I hear from folks—“I want to talk to somebody who’s had my exact injury and at my exact age.” It can be kind of challenging to find someone, but we all have to be open to the fact that we have some shared common experiences. It may not be the exact same situation, but you’d be surprised what you can hear from those shared experiences. Why not see if you gain something, even if that person doesn’t seem to be exactly like you, but it sure is helpful to talk to somebody one-on-one who has shared experiences.

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In what ways can peer mentors be helpful after a spinal cord injury?

Terrie Price, PhD

Neuropsychologist/Director of Neuropsychology and Family Services, Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City, Missouri

More Videos by Terrie Price
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I think it’s very helpful if an individual can have some form of peer mentoring where they can have an opportunity to talk somebody one-on-one, who may have experienced very similar experiences and some of their own fears. The challenge can be sometimes finding somebody with a similar injury because that’s what I hear from folks—“I want to talk to somebody who’s had my exact injury and at my exact age.” It can be kind of challenging to find someone, but we all have to be open to the fact that we have some shared common experiences. It may not be the exact same situation, but you’d be surprised what you can hear from those shared experiences. Why not see if you gain something, even if that person doesn’t seem to be exactly like you, but it sure is helpful to talk to somebody one-on-one who has shared experiences.

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