| Depending on the extent
and location of the injury, impairments caused by a head injury
can vary widely. The irony of mild head injuries is that often, such injuries
do not even require a hospital stay, yet they result in changes so profound
that lives are forever changed.
impairments include difficulties with memory, mood, and concentration.
Others include significant deficits in organizational and reasoning skills,
learning, cognitive, and executive functions.
Recovery from a head injury can be inconsistent.
In many cases gains may be closely followed by setbacks and plateaus. A
"plateau" is not evidence that functional improvement has ended. Frequently,
plateaus are followed by gains.
social and organizational skills after a brain injury makes it difficult
to function in complex environments. Only individuals and families who
live with brain injury can truly understand the experience. You and your
family have lived the experience and by necessity learned
about brain injury and its consequences. Others will not fully understand
because they lack knowledge
and understanding of brain injury.
The needs of those living with
brain injuries are complex and change over time. As you seek services you
will meet others who do not fully understand brain injury. Educating
others about brain injury is an important role for you to play. While brain
injury has many common features, each individual and family bring their
own unique needs and perspective to the experience. No one will be able
to speak about your needs
and experiences as well as you can. The education of others
will be a continuing process as your needs change.
Education is part of the advocacy
process by which you can build awareness and acceptance. It can also
help match services and programs with your strengths and needs, develop
partnerships with professionals, and even work toward changing the system.
Your life today is probably very different
than it was before brain injury. Looking back, you might be surprised
to see that you have grown
through this experience. As you look toward the future, know that
you are not alone. Organizations, agencies and services listed on the pages
of this site can help you. (Scroll down to links to support groups.)
Reach out to them and build
a network of support for yourself and your family. With the
support and help of others, you and your family will be able to set out
in a new, rewarding direction.
evaluation of YOU by others in your personal support network can
provide important feedback. This form was designed to evaluate individual
performance of key management and leadership practices important to the
success of your rehab goals. Fair and accurate evaluations will help you
to recognize, analyze and correct problems. Answer all questions and feel
free to add your own comments and concerns.
Use the form