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Traumatic Brain Injury. The Family Perspective. Officer Frank Mackall. On January 2, 2012, Officer Frank Mackall was responding to a call for assistance from one of his partners.

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traumatic brain injury

Traumatic Brain Injury

The Family Perspective


On January 2, 2012, Officer Frank Mackall was responding to a call for assistance from one of his partners.

Officer Joey Kanz and Officer Mackall left the call they had completed, and headed towards the area where help was needed.

Officer Mackall did not make it to the call

family information education
Family Information/Education
  • Where to draw the line
    • Understand the family structure
    • What helps the family vs. what scares the family
    • The art of communication
      • what information is pertinent
      • what information is helpful
      • what information is meaningful
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Family Information/Education
  • Typical Therapy/Rehab Protocol
    • Physical Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Speech Therapy
    • Social Work
    • Dietician
    • Physician/Neurosurgeon/Specialists
what else is important
What else is Important?
  • Social/Emotional Support
    • Wife, children, parents, caregiver
    • Clinician boundary
      • Who touches this part of recovery?
      • Who talks about the long term changes?
      • Who takes the lead when families go home?
think outside the therapy box
Think outside the therapy box
  • Is traditional therapy enough?
    • Do worksheets and computer games touch the reality of home life?
    • What will make a difference at home?
    • What can you do to work differently?
      • Football drills, weight room, push ups
      • Rubber band drills, screws, puzzles
      • Repeating police calls, interviewed pretend victims
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Think outside the therapy box
  • Think technology and real life
    • Lumosity, Brain games, iPad/tablet
    • Live scribe, phone recording, notes
    • Make opportunities for normal and successful
      • Be real, ask questions, get to know the client
      • Step away from what you have always done
      • Talk to the family at the end of the session and tell them why you are doing what you do in the session. Give them things to do at home
the reality of recovery
The reality of recovery
  • What happens when the patient goes home?
    • Home care?
      • Nursing/Therapy/Social Work
      • Follow up with doctors
      • Think about what really happens……
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Make a difference
  • Be the one to…..
    • Check in a week, or two, or four after the person leaves your care
    • Send a note to the family asking if they need anything
    • Engage with people on a “true” level
    • Make an impact
    • Go beyond your comfort zone with your skills
mackall family journey
Mackall Family Journey

Blog and website –

Book – 27 Miles: The Tank’s Journey Home

Available on at and Kindle

Facebook – Mackall Life Coaching and Wellness

Brain Injury Recovery – Mackall Family Journey

Email – [email protected]