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Get your questions answered about brain injury! On Brightway Answers, we ask YOUR questions to doctors, therapists, and other professionals who specialize in brain injury. We cover questions about therapies and treatments, medication, nutrition, how to find care, and more. Have a TBI, stroke, CTE, concussion, anoxic or hypoxic, or any other type of brain injury? Listen now, learn more, or submit a question at www.brightwayhealth.org/podcast.

#11 - Recreational Therapy for Cognition with Clinical Specialist Marlene Rivera
Oct 13 2021
#11 - Recreational Therapy for Cognition with Clinical Specialist Marlene Rivera
In episode 11 of Brightway Answers, clinical specialist Marlene Rivera answers questions about cognition and recreational therapy submitted by brain injury survivors and caregivers.She answers questions like:Is there anything you can recommend to help with brain fog?How can I build focus and increase my attention span?Are there ways that survivors can get better sleep and deal with fatigue?Marlene Rivera is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. She currently serves the brain injury community in the role of Clinical Specialist at ReMed in Partnership with Learning Services and as the ReDiscoverU Coordinator for the Council on Brain Injury, also known as CoBI. Marlene supports fundraising along with brain injury education and awareness building efforts through her involvement with CoBI's annual events, including David's Drive and Tribute Trek. As a Clinical Specialist, Marlene uses her background in Recreation Therapy to provide oversight of client treatment plans in an intensive neurobehavioral rehab. During her free time, Marlene enjoys activity-based social gatherings and serving her local community with her loved ones. Get your questions about brain injury answered! On Brightway Answers, we ask YOUR questions to doctors, therapists, and other professionals who specialize in brain injury. View all episodes at or submit a question at mentioned in this episode:RediscoverUCouncil on Brain InjuryAmerican Music Therapy AssociationOnline directory of music therapistsBrain Injury Association list of support groups
#10 - Symptoms & Approaches to Care after Brain Injury with Speech-Language Pathologist Amber Kloess
Sep 30 2021
#10 - Symptoms & Approaches to Care after Brain Injury with Speech-Language Pathologist Amber Kloess
In episode 10 of Brightway Answers, we interview Speech-Language Pathologist Amber Kloess with questions submitted by brain injury survivors and caregivers.In this episode, Amber answers questions like:What speech, language, and cognitive issues are common after a brain injury?What can I do about these symptoms?When do survivors usually become more aware of their symptoms after a brain injury?Amber is a licensed speech-language pathologist who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of traumatic brain injury and other neurological disorders. She is the owner of Salient Speech and Language Therapy in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a certified brain injury specialist and holds masters degrees in both medical physiology and speech-language pathology. Her unique background helps to thoroughly educate clients on the brain-behavior relationships and how they affect functioning in daily life. Amber has experience in a variety of settings, including private practice, outpatient, supported community programs, and skilled nursing facilities. She prides herself in providing client-centered, functional treatment goals to improve independence across all areas of speech, language, and cognitive-communicative functioning.Get your questions answered about brain injury! On Brightway Answers, we ask YOUR questions to doctors, therapists, and other professionals who specialize in brain injury. View all episodes at or submit a question at
#9 - Improving Cognition, Social Skills, and Speech after a Brain Injury with Speech-Language Pathologist Mayya Teytel-Cocozza
Sep 2 2021
#9 - Improving Cognition, Social Skills, and Speech after a Brain Injury with Speech-Language Pathologist Mayya Teytel-Cocozza
In episode 9 of Brightway Answers, we interview Speech-Language Pathologist Mayya Teytel-Cocozza with questions submitted by brain injury survivors and caregivers.In this episode, Mayya answers questions like:How do speech-language pathologists help brain injury survivors with cognition, social skills, and speech?What online or other type of therapy that can be done at home do you recommend to stimulate memory and speech?How can I work on apraxia?Mayya Teytel-Cocozza is a New York State Licensed and ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Mayya is a certified brain injury specialist trainer, and demonstrates clinical concentrations in the areas of neurogenic disorders. Mayya is currently working as an Adjunct Professor and Clinical Educator within the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus, where she teaches classes in neurogenic and communication disorders and provides clinical education and supervision to graduate students.Get your questions answered about brain injury! On Brightway Answers, we ask YOUR questions to doctors, therapists, and other professionals who specialize in brain injury. View all our episodes at or submit a question at is a list of resources mentioned in this episode:WALC Books: WALC 2, WALC 3, WALC 7, WALC 9Apps: Tactus Therapy, Brain HQ, Constant Therapy, LumosityFormal Tests: RBANS, SCATBI, SLUMS, CLQT, BDAEInstagram Accounts to follow: @lifebeyondbraininjury, @brainhealthsummit, @thestrokestoryteller, and @thebrainpossible
#7 - Brightway Answers - Susan Little PT, MS, CBIS
Jun 4 2021
#7 - Brightway Answers - Susan Little PT, MS, CBIS
In this episode of Brightway Answers, we interview Physical Therapist Susan Little with questions submitted by brain injury survivors and caregivers.In this episode, Susan answers questions like:Can severe balance problems ever get better?What treatments help the most for the greatest number of people?What assessment tools are useful for determining prognosis and progress in brain injury?Susan Little, PT, MS, CBIS is a licensed Physical Therapist with specialization in the management of the traumatic brain injuries. She is currently employed by Allegheny Health Network serving as a clinical physical therapist on the Inpatient Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit at Allegheny Valley Hospital near Pittsburgh, PA. With over 30 years of experience in inpatient rehabilitation of neurological injuries, she has served in clinical, developmental, supervisory, research and educational roles. She regularly provides community education on various brain injury related topics to audiences ranging from grade school students to doctoral programs. This includes serving as adjunct faculty/guest lecturer at Duquesne University, Chatham University and Slippery Rock University. Susan is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist through the Brain Injury Association of America and a Certified Instructor for Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. Susan’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in PT from the University of Scranton and a Master’s Degree in Neurological PT from the University of Pittsburgh.Get your questions answered about brain injury! On Brightway Answers, we ask YOUR questions to doctors, therapists, and other professionals who specialize in brain injury. View all our episodes at or submit a question at