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Help with planning tasks and activities after a brain injury

For people with brain injuries, being able to plan and carry out activities can be a complex task. This is an example of ‘executive dysfunction’, where a range of seemingly routine activities are adversely affected by brain injury, often having a severe impact on day-to-day life.

For people who have problems with planning Headway have put together 9 tips to help:

  • Allow yourself plenty of time to plan activities and record your plans, using as many aids as you find helpful (such as calendars, diaries, electronic timing devices, mobile phones and pagers).

  • When planning your day, week, or a particular activity use a step-by-step approach, dividing the activity into manageable ‘chunks’.

  • Use checklists and tick off each part of the activity that you have accomplished. This will help you to stay on track.

  • Mentally rehearse your plans.

  • Discuss your plans for the day with others. They can help you to write down a step-by-step checklist of the different actions for that day.

  • Similar strategies can be used for longer term planning, such as appointments you need to make. Discussing your plans with others will make you more likely to remember, and the other person can remind you of things if necessary.

  • Step-by-step checklists can be placed in key locations in the house in order to remind you of the different sequences to go through to do a task, such as preparing a meal.

  • Prepare a weekly routine for tasks like shopping, washing and tidying the house. Knowing that, for example, Monday is shopping day, will make you more motivated to get the task done.

  • Try to develop back up plans in advance, rather than when problems arise.

To find out more, please visit the Headway website 

Posted by: Sharon Tither on November 1st, 2016 @ 8:58 PM
Tagged with: brain injury Headway

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