Making Strategies Work After a Brain Injury

Among other key strategies, Retired Navy Commander Bernadette Semple learned that making a detailed schedule each day and sticking to it is crucial for success after brain injury.

So, one of the things we went to is "Okay, let's schedule your time." "We're going to take each day, you're going to write down the things that you need to get done." "You're going to have a task list, and we're going to go through that and make sure you get things done." And that was a huge, huge factor. When I first thought of going there—I'm from New York, and I had to take the train— so, that's another thing, I was very hypersensitive to people being around me, behind me, in front of me, and then I had to take the train in New York to Manhattan every day, and I didn't really want people sitting next to me on the train. And so, we talked about those things and how to either deal with it or avoid having someone be able to sit next to you. And, the other thing, we went through the schedule. That just became a regular thing—once you go through your schedule and start going through your schedule and remembering things.
Posted on BrainLine October 5, 2012.

Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough, Ashley Gilleland, and Jared Schaubert, BrainLine.