Over the years I have often thought about a paper presented at a Head Injury Council of Australia (HICOA) Conference during the 1990s. Written by Rabbi Dr Milton Pine the paper was insightful, moving and a wonderful personal story of his life before and after brain injury. Some may remember I attempted to quote the […]
Celebrations after brain injury can be tricky. This article is updated and reposted each year before the end of year. Timed for when Christmas, Hannukah, New Year and other celebrations abound. It acknowledges that managing celebrations after brain injury can be difficult. Filled with expectation and anticipation – it does not always deliver on the […]
“What exactly is executive function?” Oh I still ask myself that question when trying to understand the brain and executive function. We know it’s important – it is what enables us to play a chess game, figure out a problem, use the intelligience we have. Today I will try and explain more about the brain […]
Making the right choices. Making good decisions. Clear and simple strategies for making decisions after brain injury. While researching last weeks article on Changed Decision-Making After Brain Injury I came across a blog; Brain Injury Self Rehabilitation by Edie a Registered Nurse. Edie had a brain injury following an assault while at work and […]
Decision making after brain injury is commonly affected particularly after Frontal Lobe damage. Decision making is an executive function. That is a fancy brain term that makes these functions sound very important – and they are! Executive functions help us use our intellect . They help us to look at information coming into the […]
When I first began working with people with brain injury I read many memoirs about living with brain injury. It helped me understand brain injury and how it is experienced. After many years I no longer read every book. Over the past year or so I was drawn to three in particular “Flower Between the […]
Tips on What ‘To Say’ When a Person Has A Brain Injury or Other Life Changes. The previous article “To Say or Not To Say – After Brain Injury Part 1” looked at what people say that sometimes can be hurtful, unhelpful and at times damaging albeit with good intentions. Today some tips and […]
Recently I have received several letters from people living with brain injury wanting to know how to handle people who say hurtful things, or who say things that are supposed to be motivating but are instead are a reminder of loss. “If you put your mind to it you can do anything”. Timely, when this […]
Difficulties with organizing, starting things (initiating), putting things in the right order (sequencing), making plans and sorting out priorities are common cognitive outcomes of brain injury, particularly when the frontal lobe is damaged. I recently received a letter asking about strategies for organisation planning and problem solving. How can you organize your own life, and […]
Most of us at some time have trouble trying to work out how to solve a problem. Or maybe we can’t seem to make a decision, or we make a decision and then think “Why did I ever do that”. Brain injury, particularly when it involves the frontal lobe, such as after trauma, stroke, dementia, […]
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A Bit About Me
Hi I'm Melanie and I love what I do – really love what I do. Finding a few words to describe this is a work in progress! Here goes: I work to support belonging, acceptance, understanding and a good life for everyone. Lofty and a bit pompous sounding, but that’s it in a nutshell. Mostly my work means learning and sharing about brain injury with people whose lives have changed through brain injury, their family and supporters.
- When Get up and Go is Gone. Lack of Initiation and Motivation after Brain Injury August 19, 2014
- Frontal Lobe Damage: When the Leader Can’t Lead August 27, 2013
- “I’m So Tired My Brain Hurts” Cognitive Fatigue March 12, 2013
- Flooding of the Senses: Sensory Overload After Brain Injury November 24, 2015
- Living with Stroke: What I Learned at Stroke Support Group July 23, 2014
- Living With Brain Injury December 12, 2017
- Managing Celebrations after Brain Injury December 9, 2016
- The Brain and Executive Function. What is Executive Function? October 26, 2016
- Tips for Making Decisions After Brain Injury October 18, 2016
- Changed Decision Making After Brain Injury October 12, 2016
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