Any number of strategies can help a person with traumatic brain injury (TBI) cope with difficulties that can affect everyday life, your communication strategies and personal relationships. Depending on the injury, a family member/caregiver or friend may need to help including the following approaches to the survivors lifestyle:
- Join a support group Talk to your doctor, rehabilitation therapist or search the Interwebs about a support group that can help you talk about issues related to your injury, learn new coping strategies, meet other people and get emotional support.
Bing TBI Support Groups, there are a bunch out there so pick wisely.
- Use Technology Do you have a smart phone of some kind? Bet you do, many have a calendar app and there is household management tool apps such as Cozi that can help you plan your day AND give you shopping lists to help prepare dinner if that is something you get to do.
- Write things down Keep a record of all events, people’s names, tasks or other things that are difficult to remember. Send yourself an email or maybe a SMS Text message reminder.
Follow a routine. Keep a consistent schedule, keep things in designated places to avoid confusion, and take the same routes when going to often visited destinations.
- Take many breaks Make arrangements at work or school to take breaks as needed.
Alter work expectations or tasks. Appropriate changes at work or school may include having instructions read to you, allowing more time to complete tasks or breaking down tasks into smaller steps or just giving you some downtime.
- Summarize information orally that has just been presented
- Avoid distractions Minimize distractions such as loud background noise from a television, radio or kids playing.
- Stay focused Work on one task at a time, multi tasking can be for show offs.
- Frequently repeat information and summarize it.
- Allow extra time for review.
- Underlining or highlighting significant parts of directions or written assignments
And there you have it, this is not an all-inclusive list of ideas, I just presented these ideas to stimulate your own thoughts and don’t forget to practice number 3 above!
Mike is not a TBI doctor, he is just an advocate for traumatic brain injury. He offers his advice on brain injury from a survivors perspective and it is up to you to take or ignore his advice. Meaning he is not responsible in any way for your actions. He offers his advice for free on the world wide web and you should take it as such, cheap advice.