There is a tendency when working with students who have had a brain injury to believe the early rapid physical healing indicates cognitive recovery will be equally rapid and complete.
Unfortunately, physical recovery is not an indication that long-term recovery will continue rapidly or be complete.
Two years after a brain injury, the following problems continued in two separate studies:
- Memory problems (74%)
- Fatigue (72%)
- Word-finding difficulties (67%)
- Irritability (67%)
- Impaired speed of thinking (64%)
- Impaired concentration (62%)
- Depressed mood (40–50%)
Sources: Ponsford, J. Sloan, S. & Snow P. (1995). Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation for Everyday Adaptive Living, 1995. Hove, U.K.: Lawrence Erlbaum.
From the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training. Reprinted with permission.