Compensating for Cognitive Impairment
Cognitive impairment represents a major barrier to vocational, emotional, and interpersonal functioning for many individuals affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI). For example, it may be difficult to obtain a job if one is unable to formulate a plan for locating vacant positions. Similarly, it may be an onerous task to maintain friendships when one cannot remember the content of conversations. In fact, the successful completion of many activities of daily living require the very cognitive skills that are impaired following TBI. Family members are affected by a TBI victim’s cognitive impairment as they grapple on a daily basis with the victim’s poor judgment, forgetfulness, and limited concentration span, which are frequent problems following TBI. The TBI victim may now require constant assistance from family members in the form of prompting to remember appointments, to locate lost objects, and to make decisions.
KeywordsCognitive Impairment Traumatic Brain Injury Memory Impairment Executive Functioning Prospective Memory
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