High Hopes Head Injury Program
Monday, March 27, 2017

Tips and strategies for the brain injured

The list below is intended to give survivors and family members a sampling of compensatory strategies that are available to assist persons who have sustained a brain injury. A therapist or physician is the best source for strategies that are appropriate for each survivor and their personal life activities.

  • Write appointments in a daily planner
  • Keep a pad and pencil near the bed.
  • Use checklists, timers and alarms.
  • Use a phone log to track calls and conversations.
  • Have a consistent routine.
  • Double-check work that has been completed.
  • Allow for additional time to accomplish tasks, don’t over schedule.
  • Pace yourself.
  • Keep clutter to a minimum, it will slow you down and make it difficult to find thinks.
  • Minimize distractions.
  • Ask for repetition if directions and repeat them aloud or write them down.

References: Law, 1997, Brown, 1969, Covey, 1989, Lash and Osberg, 1999, Haddow, Hyde, Hague & Rastok, 1999 and Brown & Dudley, 1989