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How Do You Help Patients Who Have a Hard Time Filtering What They Say?

How Do You Help Patients Who Have a Hard Time Filtering What They Say?


How do you help patients who have a hard time filtering what they say?

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[Dr. Kristen Maisano] When somebody has a hard time filtering what they're saying, or maybe they say things impulsively, we teach strategies to think about what you're going to say before you say it and that kind of stuff. But one of the important things for practitioners to know is that we need to practice those in the clinic first, because then we can give feedback— we can go, oh that didn't work so well, or nice work on that one! So what did we do really well on that one that we didn't do well on this one? And then the person can reinforce what worked really well, and then move to practice outside in an environment. For example, there's a Starbucks on post— have the person go to the Starbucks with their therapist, and then have the person try the same strategies with their wife, and then have them try it on their own and report back.

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Kristen Maisano, OTDKristen Maisano, OTD is an occupational therapist and the interim director of Rehabilitation Services for the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia. She specializes in evaluating and treating military patients with traumatic brain injuries.

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