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What coping strategies work best for family members after a spinal cord injury?

What coping strategies work best for family members after a spinal cord injury?

Heather Taylor, PhD

Psychologist/Director of Spinal Cord Injury and Disability Services, TIRR Memorial Hermann - Houston

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It varies tremendously but a lot of beliefs and myths about rehab, about doctors and all of that. And so a lot of times we’ll have individuals who think, “Oh, I can get better on my own, I don’t need this,” and that’s very, very challenging... Show More

It varies tremendously but a lot of beliefs and myths about rehab, about doctors and all of that. And so a lot of times we’ll have individuals who think, “Oh, I can get better on my own, I don’t need this,” and that’s very, very challenging as well. But it’s very common for individuals to not want to be there, to think, “If I was just went home, if I were just back in my environment everything would be fine, and I would walk again or I’d be functioning again just as I was before, I could get back to work.” And it’s a huge, huge process to realize that’s not going to happen, or not in the same and it can happen differently, but it’s just a huge process. We know what can work and we’ve seen improvement, we know that rehab makes a tremendous benefit and ultimately our goal is to improve quality of life.

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What coping strategies work best for family members after a spinal cord injury?

Heather Taylor, PhD

Psychologist/Director of Spinal Cord Injury and Disability Services, TIRR Memorial Hermann - Houston

More Videos by Heather Taylor
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It varies tremendously but a lot of beliefs and myths about rehab, about doctors and all of that. And so a lot of times we’ll have individuals who think, “Oh, I can get better on my own, I don’t need this,” and that’s very, very challenging as well. But it’s very common for individuals to not want to be there, to think, “If I was just went home, if I were just back in my environment everything would be fine, and I would walk again or I’d be functioning again just as I was before, I could get back to work.” And it’s a huge, huge process to realize that’s not going to happen, or not in the same and it can happen differently, but it’s just a huge process. We know what can work and we’ve seen improvement, we know that rehab makes a tremendous benefit and ultimately our goal is to improve quality of life.

What coping strategies work best for family members after a spinal cord injury?
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