First try to develop a clear understanding of your strengths, challenges and any limitations.
A limitation is something that you cannot overcome through further rehabilitation or effort – for example, not being able to drive due to having epilepsy. Dealing with limitations involves looking at other options to get around them – for example, using public transport in this case.
Physical abilities and fatigue
If you have difficulties with movement, strength, coordination or balance, a Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist, may be able to assist you to achieve further improvements.
Fatigue is common after a brain injury. Try the tips in the section on Fatigue and sleep. Contact your GP if you do not experience any improvement.
Sensory difficulties – like sight, hearing or touch
If you have difficulties in any of these areas that need further treatment or input, talk to your GP. You can also contact relevant organisations – for example, NCBI (National Council for the Blind Ireland) provide services to assist people with changes in their vision to maximise their independence at home or at work
Cognitive and perceptual skills
A Clinical Psychologist or Occupational Therapist can work with you to maximise your potential in skills such as problem solving, multi-tasking, planning, concentration, organising, spatial awareness and memory. They can also assess these skills and make recommendations.
- A Neuropsychological Assessment measures your current level of brain functioning identifies how this is impacting on you and makes helpful recommendations.
- A Vocational Assessment by an Occupational Therapist provides you with practical information on your strengths and challenges in relation to skills needed for work. This assessment also includes recommendations for aids and strategies.
If you have communication difficulties that you want further skills or strategies to deal with, contact a Speech and Language Therapist.
Social skills and community involvement
Your local community centre, library, sports centre or brain injury organisation are all good places to meet people and get involved.
Coming to terms with changes
Many people find counselling or psychotherapy helps them to come to terms with changes after their brain injury.