The Challenge Program
Learning to live with a brain injury requires newly honed skills. The Challenge Program provides a comprehensive range of services to help brain injury and stroke survivors maximize their potential, celebrating milestones and successes through each step of recovery. Specialized services focus on community integration skills critical for the transition
to independent living, school, work or volunteer activities following brain injury. This outpatient day treatment approach addresses the physical abilities, memory strategies, interpersonal communication and problem solving
skills needed for long-term success.
The purpose of rehabilitation is to build strength, new skills and confidence to continue daily activities despite the effects of the brain injury. Clients receive an average of four to six hours of treatment per day. On average, clients participate in the Challenge Program for four months. Diagnoses of the clients admitted to the program may include:
- Acquired brain injury
- Brain tumor
- Infection of the brain
- Brain hemorrhage
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson's disease
Challenge Program Services
- Independence services focus on safety and productivity at home and in the community, communication skills, mobility, family education and adjustment.
- Employment services teach compensatory strategies and provide support to facilitate return to work. Services include preemployment job trials, job-seeking assistance, job coaching and consultation with employers.
- Educational services prepare the high school and post-secondary school student to succeed in an educational environment. Therapy staff consults with school personnel about appropriate accommodations in the academic setting.
Services also include:
TIRR Memorial Hermann Challenge can provide selected treatment to people whose preferred language is Spanish.
TIRR Memorial Hermann has also been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for The Challenge Program at both The Woodlands and Kirby Glen locations.
We Get Results
The Challenge Program can document amazing success after more than 20 years of treating brain injury survivors. The program gathers information on client progress from admission to discharge and beyond. Our outcome studies show that, on average, 93 percent of those completing the treatment program met their independence and personal safety goals, decreasing their need for supervision at home and in the community. Ninety percent of clients who
completed the program met their volunteer or work goals. One hundred percent of adolescent clients completing their treatment program met their independence and personal safety goals. Eighty percent of adolescents completing the
program returned to school.
Goals Focus on Improving
- Mobility skills such as safety, endurance, balance, and walking independently over different types of terrain
- Speech and language communication skills
- Thinking skills such as memory and problem solving
- Emotional adjustment and social interaction in the home, community and workplace
Family Involvement is Essential
Brain injury touches the entire family, not just one member. Family counseling and education are key elements in the client’s success. Together, the client, family members and staff review the progress made in the program, home and community. Goals are revised according to the individual’s progress and changing life situation.
Specialized Programs for Specific Needs Within Challenge
Utilizing our extensive experience, the Challenge Program has developed specialized programs to address specific neurological disorders and conditions including multiple sclerosis, mild dementia, Parkinson's disease and epilepsy.
The client must have a brain injury, multiple sclerosis, dementia or an acquired neurological condition with a cognitive impairment. Requirements for acceptance into the community re-entry program include medical stability, basic self-care skills and an ability to benefit from the program. In addition, we prefer the client have a friend or relative committed to serving as a partner in the rehabilitation process. Challenge Program clients are required to be 16 years or older. Further inclusion/exclusion criteria and exceptions are determined on a case-by-case basis.
Referrals to the Challenge Program
Admission to the Challenge Program requires a diagnosis and prescription from a referring physician. We welcome self-referrals as well as referrals from family members, case managers, insurance companies and healthcare professionals (pending physician approval).
To make a referral or to schedule an appointment, please call 1 (800) 44-REHAB (73422), (713) 797-5942, fax (713) 797-5988 or fill out our contact us form.
Challenge Program Patient Stories
After a stroke in July 2017, Mary has been on her road to recovery at TIRR Memorial Hermann through therapy and the Challenge Program.
Read Mary's Story »
On Monday morning, July 17, 2000, Barre Morris suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and was left in a non-responsive coma for three days. The TIRR Memorial Hermann Challenge Program helped him get his life back on track through several therapies including speech and physical, as well as learning about the components of the brain.
Read Barre Morris' Story »
For more information about the TIRR Memorial Hermann Challenge Program, download our fact sheet:
2455 S. Braeswood
Houston, TX 77030
920 Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 270
The Woodlands, TX 77380