Wednesday, October 9th
"No Stone Unturned": Traumatic Brain Injury and the Conspiracy of Decency
Bart Goldstein was only sixteen when he suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a car accident in 2001. No Stone Unturned: A Father's Memoir of His Son's Encounter with Traumatic Brain Injury is the saga of Bart’s struggle to regain his life. Told from his father’s point of view, the book chronicles the family’s ordeal, and flashbacks fill in Bart’s life since he arrived from Korea at the age of five months.
Considering every possibility in their search for remedies to Bart’s catastrophic injuries, the Goldsteins explored several promising alternatives, including craniosacral, hyperbaric oxygen, sensory learning, and vision restoration therapies. Bart’s remarkable recovery resulted from a combination of conventional medicine and alternative and emerging therapies.
In this talk, sponsored by the Marist College Department of Education, author Joel Goldstein will speak about the need for cross-disciplinary collaboration in serving people with TBI and their families. Calling on his family’s experiences as well as recent research in the burgeoning field of neurological rehabilitation, Goldstein explains how medical, rehabilitation and educational systems can and must work together. He advocates for community involvement in the rehabilitation process and for openness to unconventional therapies. Goldstein’s talk will help psychologists, social workers, teachers and other school personnel understand how they can become part of the “conspiracy of decency” that supports people with TBI in our communities.
TBI has now become the “signature injury” for thousands of wounded warriors returning from Iraq and Afghanistan; this timely book offers profound insights into what survivors and their families must face. Anyone struggling with this “invisible” disability will find the book insightful, inspiring, and useful.
Goldstein has written about his son Bart’s continuing rehabilitation, and about the family’s role in seeking the best available TBI therapies, for Exceptional Parent Magazine, Brainline.org., Adoption Today, and Military Special Needs Network.
Time:7:00 pm-9:00 pm