I work with a young man who has made a terrific recovery after a severe head injury he sustained a couple of years ago. He continues to have some problems with word finding and explaining himself but most people wouldn’t notice these problems if they met him socially.
When he began a phased return to work a few weeks ago it threw up further word finding problems.
Experienced working with tools he found he knew what the tools were but couldn’t name them or describe what they are for.
We implemented a period of therapy specifically looking at the vocabulary that he needed for work and then started working on his abilities to verbally explain the function of these tools.
Neither myself nor his support staff could be considered experts in the area of the toolbox and this presented itself as a great opportunity for my client to place himself in the “expert” role and use his verbal naming and explanation skills to teach us about things that are important in his work.
Our ongoing targets will include being able to explain the different steps in each aspect of his job and increasing his vocabulary retrieval within the work place.
After Traumatic Brain Injury people may need on going help at different times of transition throughout their rehabilitation.
A functional practical approach to therapy tasks helps keep people motivated, engaged and builds their confidence
I can now differentiate between a Ratchet and a nut spinner but think I’ll stick to my day job!