Day 11…and 1/2

We’ve been working so hard here in Nanjing we forgot to update our blog!

Just kidding. Due to some technical difficulties we weren’t able to update from yesterday’s adventures, but the website is finally back up! Here is Day 11:

This morning started bright and early with a visit to the Nanjing Brain Hospital. Our tour began with a trip to the Neurosurgery Center, where a neurosurgeon described what technologies China is utilizing in addressing neurological communication disorders. We discussed the processes of ROSA and DBS in addressing neurological over- or understimulation. The doctor took us to see some of his patients who had recently undergone surgery. This neurosurgery department in this hospital will see 20-30 people per day on an outpatient basis, and around 70 inpatient per month. Then, we had the chance to listen to a speech-language pathologist discuss diagnostic methods and therapeutic intervention used for people with Parkinson’s and Aphasia. We were surprised by some of their similarities between treatment for aphasia at this hospital and in the US; verbal and visual reinforcement of speech stimuli is utilized in both treatment methods to promote calibration of language and motor functions. 

A presentation about TMS, and how they are studying its effects on Aphasia
Learning about TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, which was being used here for sleep disturbances.
Visiting the neurosurgery unit
Observing a patient using VR for aphasia therapy!

We were shown the Children’s Medical Health Center, where we had the chance to speak with the center’s director and observe treatment in group and individual sessions. According to the director of the facility, nearly 100 children with autism are seen in their center every day. We noticed a pronounced emphasis on caretaker involvement in the therapy itself; parent and caretaker training was taking place in almost every session we peered into! They told us that they provide 25 hours of training every month for parents. Treatment at this facility is so in demand that families sometimes even come from far distances and rent apartments short-term in Nanjing so that they can bring their children there. The hospital’s main focus is diagnosis, and we were told that 6,000-7,000 children are diagnosed at the center every year. After our Chinese classes from the previous nights, we were even able to follow along as parents counted with their children. 

The pediatric Speech therapy room.
When visiting the pediatric wing, you sit in pediatric chairs!
Dr. Mahshie, being a good sport with the tiny chairs.

The rest of the day was ours to enjoy! Somehow, a lot of us ended up in the same place, each tasting delicious Korean BBQ at a local restaurant  (some of us went more than once…). We hit the streets to explore the city, making our way from the beautiful Nanjing Normal University campus to the tree-lined sidewalks of the more metropolitan areas of the city. A few of us caught the shopping bug again and visited the “best mall in Nanjing” and then ventured on the Nanjing metro to visit Laomendong (meaning ‘old east gate’), which is a ‘historical culture block’ with traditional Chinese architecture and shops.

The Nanjing Mall!

We cannot believe how quickly our trip is wrapping up! See you tomorrow for our last full day in Nanjing! 🙂

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