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Can People Go Back to School After a Brain Injury?

Can People Go Back to School After a Brain Injury?

 

Can people go back to school after a brain injury?

 
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[Dr. Heechin Chae] I rarely find cases where I have to sit down, "You know what, you really should not think about going to college." Or, "You should not think about going to school to get a Master's because you don't have the brain tissues left or brain capacity to do it." Oftentimes I say this, I say, "You know what, the good news is that you have the capacity, you have the brain working to have you become—to make you successful in school, but there is some catch here. You have to find different ways to study. It used to be someone who could just read with your eyes and be fine. Now you have to read with your eyes and read aloud while you read. You have to tape yourself and listen to the tape or something." Changing certain habits—you have to be open to that. So it's really more like changing patterns or habits that they have to do in order to do well. So that's how I help most of those people is developing new study habits for the school.

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Heechin Chae, MD Heechin Chae, MD was appointed site director of DVBIC at Fort Belvoir and chief of the Traumatic Brain Injury Department at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in 2011. He will become the director of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence satellite at Fort Belvoir in 2013.


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