I read an article by Cheryl Green in the May 2015 issue of TBI Hope and Inspiration magazine and was so excited to learn that there is another person out there like me – another brain-injured SLP! In her case, a bike crash ended her hopes of becoming a therapist. Instead, she found her way back to the arts (her first graduate degree was an MFA) and is creating films that help make the invisible wounds of brain injury visible to persons with brain injury, therapists, caregives and others.
I watched her films Cooking with Brain Injury and Friending with Brain Injury this morning and loved them, as only another person with a brain injury could. In a video presentation that Cheryl shared with me, she said, and her audience agreed, that the films are difficult for neuronormals to watch. Cheryl tries to make her films humorous, which isn’t hard to do when persons with brain injury are the actors! We laugh, but it’s hard for neuronormals to laugh because they might feel they are being disrespectful. Anyway, I’m definitely showing these to my support groups.
As an SLP or as a person with brain injury, how have you used the arts in therapy, as a basis for discussion about attention, distractions, emotions, memory, and compensatory strategies or for other activities? How has participating in the creative process helped you get past impairments and opened new doors to understanding and healing?