How Best to Interact with Someone with TBI

Should you jump in and finish a sentence for someone with TBI who is having trouble speaking or trying to form a word? Should you drop eye contact if the person is struggling? Adam talks about how to respectfully interact with someone with a TBI.

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Good manners equal kindness, caring and respect. Your video is a good reminder of how we should treat everyone. We all want and need to be recognized and your advice helps me to know how to reach out to those with TBI. Don't leave them out - bring them in. Got it and will do! Thanks.
Thank you for sharing so courageously with ALL!
Adam, my son a Marine has suffer a TBI, and I have as well, not in combat, but a fall off a horse. Your advice is wonderful. I find myself texting and my son would like me to talk to him on the phone. God Bless You Adam. Martha in Idaho
Thank you so much for taking the time to make these videos! I am the wife and caregiver of a vet with PTSD & TBI and I truly hope that people take the time to watch and learn. Respect is key for any individual no matter what their physical or mental state may be.
As a new caregiver I have searched and searched for advice on how to introduce my husband to new people. How do I explain the weirdness of our relationship? Just looking at the man you would never know he was injured. Mostly he does alright but interspersed through every day are the issues. The emotional roller coaster, lack of appropriate responses, juvenile behavior, inability to manage money, preoccupied with play, poor time management, difficulty completing daily tasks, initiating arguments, irresponsibility, one sided conversations. All of these can result in a disastrous first meeting if the new person isn't pre warned. Living in a new community away from my support group is so difficult. His youthful good looks when I married him have become a curse as caregiving has aged me and he is mistaken for my teenage brother. Or for those who do learn immediately that we are man and wife and he is a 35 year old with a degree in mathematics, how do I explain that no he isn't trying to be rude or irresponsible, his social governor is just off. There are safety issues too. For example children love his playfulness but due to his unpredictability any interaction needs to be supervised. I feel that a balance needs to be made. Meeting new people at my office, in church, in the grocery store what do I say? I want to show him proper respect but at the same time he almost needs to come with a warning advisory. His personality change has made him more of a people person. Somehow we have to get out there and become a part of the community.