Six Weeks At Ryder
June 3, 2014
Hosted by Gayle Taylor
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In the summer of 2005, Karen Gonzalez and her husband receive the one phone call every parent dreads: their beautiful daughter, Bianca, who risked injury every time she competed in equestrian jumping instead has been in a horrific motorcycle accident, and she hadn't been wearing a helmet. As an R.N. working surgery, Karen is only too aware of the traumatic brain damage that can come from this type of accident—if the victim even survives. Suddenly it is her child receiving extensive life-saving measures, being taken into emergency surgery, and then fighting the day to day battle to even pronounce a word or move her limbs. They quickly exhaust their options in their local Kansas town, and Karen takes extraordinary measures to have Bianca admitted to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, Florida. The six weeks that Bianca and she are there is eye-opening and life-changing. In the midst of her own troubles, Karen still finds time for the stories of the other patients residing there.
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Our show is for professionals, families, caregivers, and individuals with traumatic brain injuries. We will learn how to access some of the cutting edge services available for cognitive rehabilitation skills and behavior therapy, as well as present testimonials and feedback from recipients of services and their families. We will also provide education about these services.
Gayle Taylor received her graduate degree in Social Work from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas in 1999. She earned a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor License in 2011 and Clinical Social Work License in 2012. She began doing cognitive rehabilitation skills therapy and behavior therapy with individuals with traumatic brain injury in 2003. She opened her office Therapy Services in 2005 in Burlington, Kansas. Therapy Services provides outpatient substance abuse treatment, non-emergency medical transportation, and cognitive rehabilitation skills and behavior therapy for traumatic brain injury. Gayle is also a member of the National Association of Social Work.