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Many of those in the millitary receive "invisible wounds" while in service and those can go unnoticed. The Marcus Institute evaluates to see if a person for those wounds and then provides comprehensive care for the physical, emotional, and cognitive changes that can accompany trauma to the head using a combination of traditional and complementary treatments.
Apps can change the life of a person with brain injury. People with TBI and their caregivers don't always realize how much the injury can impact their lives. For someone who is used to be able to do so many things the loss of those abilities is frustrating. Apps can help.
A veteran with TBI started using apps to help her in school while she was getting her master's degree. Soon she found those apps were being incorporated into her every day life, not just when she was in the classroom.
Apps are great tools for people with brain injury, but caregivers can help make them even more effective. If caregivers learn how the apps work they can provide support and troubleshooting, minimizing frustration and maximizing usefulness for someone with TBI.
Using apps after brain injury isn't about quantity, but rather quality. More apps doesn't equal more improvement. In fact, it can be too overwheming to be helpful at all. Instead, examine what skills you want to focus on and then find 5-6 apps that will help with those skills.
Self-regulation is an important skill and apps like PaceMyDay can be a great tool to learn your own limits and comfort levels. After a TBI this skill is even more important since those comfort levels have likely changed. How long you want to use an app depends on what you want or need.
The Pace My Day app allows people with a TBI to judge their stamina post-brain injury. By monitoring your energy levels and physical comfort using the app it's possible to learn how long you can perform a given task without feeling drained or in pain.
Kristi Kragthorpe's accident left her with a brain injury. Her TBI resulted in a loss of balance, the ability to work with numbers, executive function, and taking initiative. Now she uses apps to help her gain back some of the functionality and independence she had before her TBI.
Kristi Kragthorpe knew she had cognitive issues after her brain injury but struggled to find the help she needed. Without support from her doctor she had to take matters in to her own hands, which wasn't easy.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), a form of talk therapy, teaches people to reroute their negative thought patterns to improve their mental health. Many Veterans have found that CBT helps them process their trauma. Learn from Veterans who found relief with CBT at VA.
Language is an essential part of our lives that we often take for granted. But, if the delicate web of language networks in your brain became disrupted by stroke, illness, or trauma, you could find yourself truly at a loss for words. Susan Wortman-Jutt details a disorder called aphasia, which can impair all aspects of communication.