Dr. Bryan Weinstein, D.O.
and Drew Bufalini
Every day, each of us participates in dozens of seemingly minor social interactions: from buying our morning coffee to casually passing someone in the hallway. For most of us, these become automatic. For someone recovering from a neuro trauma, there is nothing minor about utilizing social skills in any level of communication. At Life Skills Village, we believe in helping our patients redevelop their social skills via education, rehearsal, reintegration and discovering an altruistic purpose in their lives. This purpose can do so much more than provide meaning in our patients’ lives – it promotes the neuroplasticity so critical for true rehabilitation.
Neuro trauma or otherwise, altruism makes people happier even than spending money on themselves. “Giving to charity activates brain regions associated with pleasure, social connection, and trust. Scientists also believe that altruism may trigger the release of endorphins in the brain, giving us a ‘helper’s high.’” Perhaps most important for people with a neuro trauma: altruism promotes social connections. Continue...
The new LSV Sheltered Workshop is officially open! Clients can earn money while gaining purpose by helping the community. We specialize in vocational rehabilitation for people with neuro trauma while fulfilling the needs of our neighbors:
I know what you’re thinking: don’t people with a traumatic brain injury have enough to relearn without training in new technology for their smart phone? Short answer: yes and no. Yes, which is why the twelve apps I have suggested below are meant to complement existing therapies and programming. No, because the more often someone with a TBI is able to exercise his mind, the more functional it will be for in the future. Learning is a lifelong process – with or without a TBI.
There are literally dozens of apps available for people with a brain injury and hundreds for people with similar problems. I have selected the following apps because they provide an augmented solution to the three primary deficit categories common to many people with a brain injury:
Everyone has their own measure of success. When our clients have reintegrated into the community, spirits get pretty high at LSV. George is our latest success story. Click here for more client case studies/outcomes.
If you’ve experienced trauma you'll find yourself now in one of two groups:
Orchard Lake Treatment Center West Maple Treatment Center
Come Here for Assessments Home of the Village Day Program
and Scheduled Appointments. 6892 West Maple Road
28555 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 106 West Bloomfield, MI 48332
Farmington Hills, MI 48334 West Bloomfield, MI 48332
Sheltered Workshop P: 248.788.4300
914 West Nine Mile Rd. F: 248.605.8099
Ferndale, MI 48220