Educational action in the rehabilitation of severe acquired brain injuries: The role of self-awareness

Daniela Silvestro, Maria Mazzetti, Chiara Melia, Maria Teresa Stagno, Giovanni Augusto Carlesimo, Umberto Bivona, Rita Formisano

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Severe acquired brain injuries (ABI) cause a range of short-or long-term limitations in physical and neuropsychological abilities. The aim of rehabilitation is to promote the harmonious development of the individual through collaboration between medical and educational sciences, involved in the educability of the whole person, in which the aim is not only functional recovery but also social- reintegration. This "functional synergy" permits the development of the person, and establishes an indissoluble link between functions and attitudes, thus allowing the achievement of the greater possible autonomy. In this way classical and pedagogical rehabilitation may be combined in a single concept of educational action. To realize this integrated educational process it is important to evaluate and promote awareness development, based on the possibilities of brain plasticity and on the presence of multiple intelligences skillfully intertwined each other. Therefore, self-awareness plays a prime role in educational actions for the rehabilitation of persons with severe ABI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-85
Number of pages4
JournalAnnali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanita
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Acquired brain injury
  • Educational action
  • Nuro-rehabilitation
  • Self-awareness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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