Back home, Parker’s therapy and recovery continue as he pushes himself daily, using small goals (like cleaning his room) to earn rewards (he can have a friend over).
“I feel like it’s going good,” said Parker, now 15, who is seen regularly in the integrated complex brain injury clinic offered by the Brain Health and Wellness Center.
His parents love the convenience and coordination of care offered in the clinic, where Parker is seen by a neurologist, a behavioral health psychologist, a school specialist and a rehabilitation physician.
“With the clinic and having all that stuff right there and already combined, it’s been absolutely amazing,” said Brodie.
Parker, who used to hold a pencil with his right hand, was forced to learn how to write left-handed following the accident. He’s made great progress, and at school he uses a Microsoft Surface Pro to write on the touchscreen.
“My school work is going good, but sometimes it can be hard for me to write things down in math,” said Parker. Instead, he often solves problems in his head, but he knows teachers like him to show his work.
For fun, Parker enjoys playing a variety of games. He uses both his head and his hands while playing on his iPad, computer and Nintendo. He likes role-playing video games, but the family also has many traditional board games at home, as well.
“We buy a lot of games. And not only video games,” said his mom. “Card games. Dice games. All so he can do therapy, without knowing it.”
(Published October 2022)