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Brain Injury, Stroke and Young Stroke

Brain Injury & Stroke at Gaylord

Providing a path to recovery – physically, psychologically, emotionally, and socially.

We bring together an array of resources, advanced technology, plus a team of highly experienced providers to offer each brain injury or stroke patient an individualized approach to treatment. Our programs are designed to support patients at each stage of their recovery, helping them adapt to their post-injury lives, maximize their independence, and re-enter their communities.

Our Approach

Since every injury and every person is different, our interdisciplinary team will customize a path of recovery based on your specific needs and goals


Our inpatient program supports each stage of recovery with therapies that address the ability to speak, comprehend, reason, remember and work toward physical gains such as strength, balance and activities of daily living.


Gaylord's outpatient programs use various rehabilitation techniques, individual and group sessions, and new technology to maximize function, independence, and community reintegration.

Transitional Living

Traurig House, located on our 400-acre Wallingford campus, is Connecticut's only transitional living center for patients recovering from a stroke or brain injury.


Every concussion is unique. Our physiatrists, neuropsychologists, sports medicine physical therapists, vestibular/balance specialists, and occupational and speech therapists work together to evaluate and assess your injury and tailor an individualized care plan based on age, type, and extent of injury.

Our Brain Injury & Stroke Expertise & Programs

We offer a range of inpatient, outpatient, and transitional programs for every level of care

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Aphasia Therapy


Our intensive Aphasia Therapy outpatient program centers on strengthening communication skills, auditory comprehension, verbal and written expression, and speech. 




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An AVM is a tangle of blood vessels that irregularly connect arteries and veins, disrupting blood flow and oxygen circulation and potentially causing bleeding in the brain, a stroke, or brain damage. Surprisingly, this affects people as young as teenagers, and those who chose Gaylord successfully return to their community and active lives


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Cognitive Therapy


The Cognitive Therapy Program is an intensive full day, individualized program that includes a mix of group and individual therapies provided on an outpatient basis.





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Concussion Program


Gaylord specialists understand that every concussion is unique, and the priorities for recovery will differ depending on the patient's age and the type and extent of the injury. Our team of physiatrists, neuropsychologists, sports medicine physical therapists, vestibular/balance specialists, and occupationaland speech therapists delivers personalized care for each patient, supporting individual goals for recovery.




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Dysphagia Treatment


Dysphagia can result from a stroke, brain injury, or neuromuscular or neurological condition that affects the brain or central nervous system, causing swallowing problems and choking. Our therapists focus on restoring the swallow function using technology and a range of treatments to restore eating and drinking.





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Early Recovery Program


This inpatient program is designed for patients who cannot engage in a robust therapy schedule but are expected to progress to an intensive rehabilitation program. Patients are guided through therapies that can take them from post-coma to community reentry at a rate conducive to their recovery. Referrals for this program come from team members at acute care hospitals.






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A diagnosis of encephalopathy means that an infection, disease, or trauma to the brain has changed a person's previous level of functioning. In and outpatient programs are designed to address challenges, including memory loss, personality changes, and physical impairments depending on the needs of your loved one.





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Neurological Program


We help patients achieve mobility, memory, and communication goals. Inpatients receive 1-3 hours of daily therapy for personal independence. Every plan is carried out by a team that may involve occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech/language therapy, and care managers. Specialists in psychology, nutritional services, respiratory therapy, and therapeutic recreation may also be involved. We also offer outpatient services for continued care in Wallingford and North Haven.

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Neuropsychological Program


If problems with memory or an inability to think clearly have become a continuing problem for you, you may be a candidate for a Neuropsychological Evaluation. 







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Occupational Therapy 


Occupational therapy promotes safe and efficient daily activities,enhancing independence in crucial areas like self-care, parenting, cooking, driving, and work. Specialists emphasize endurance training, simplifying tasks, and home equipment. EasyStreet™, a hospital-based simulated community, aids patient recovery and success.



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Physical Therapy


Skilled physical therapists work with patients to define goals, reduce pain, and enhance mobility, function, as well as personal performance. Gaylord uses advanced technologies and techniques to accelerate rehabilitation and return people to maximum health and quality of life.






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Physiatry diagnoses and treats conditions that have resulted in temporary or permanent loss of function affecting independence. The goal is to improve quality of life by avoiding surgery and narcotics.



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Speech Therapy


Speech-language pathologists at Gaylord specialize in treating speech, language, and cognitive deficits associated with neurological disorders. Speech therapists help with the recovery of speech, verbal expression, and comprehension. They support the recovery of reading, writing, and other cognitive and communication skills. Swallowing impairment (dysphagia) and stuttering are also key conditions treated by Gaylord speech experts.


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Therapeutic Recreation 


Therapeutic Rec (TR) uses leisure and recreation programs to improve an individual’s quality of life and physical, cognitive, social, and emotional function. It imparts lifelong recreation skills, encourages adaptive equipment use, and promotes community engagement.




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Traurig House


Traurig House is Connecticut's only transitional living center for patients recovering from a stroke or brain injury. This eight-bed, co-ed house is on our 400-acre pastoral campus in Wallingford and serves asa bridge from hospital to home.



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Workers Compensation


We offer coordinated, individually managed, team-based, rehabilitative, and complex medical care for injured workers in inpatient and outpatient areas. Treatment plans are created and led by a board-certified medical director with extensive workers' compensation experience and coordinated by a dedicated Care Manager

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Young Stroke Program


Stroke survivors who were very active before their stroke are often ready, willing, and able to participatein a more focused program. Participation is related to the patient's activity prior to the stroke, specifically if the person was a student, caregiver, or employed.



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Technology at Gaylord

We use the latest technology to advance your recovery

Where you choose to receive care can make all the difference. Gaylord offers an extraordinary range of technologies and patient services, all based on the latest research and best practices. 

Brain Injury, Stroke and Young Stroke Resources
Hear From A Patient

"I developed coping strategies to help relearn how to function in society"

Garrett Mendez
Hear From A Patient

"We wanted Alena to have every opportunity to regain all her functions"

Alena D'Antonio
Hear From Our Staff

Hear about our Young Stroke Program and tailored therapies

Kristine Provost, SLP
Hear From Our Staff

"I had this unique experience of coming in here as a patient and seeing how much people care about you"

Megan Panico, MD

Awards & Accreditations

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