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Tips for Better Communication After Brain Injury

Tips for Better Communication After Brain Injury

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Hey guys, it's Adam, and one of the things that I hear very commonly is that before brain injury veterans are really social, they had a lot of friends, maybe they had really robust relationships with their family and close peers, and after brain injury they kind of disengage a little bit, they're not as eager to talk on the cellphone, they're not as eager to communicate. Maybe they feel a little bit more isolated. For me, personally, I don't like to talk over the cellphone, really. Anything with electronically amplified noise is difficult to hear; it's difficult to understand. It's difficult to discern and identify what words they're saying. So, it's really stressful and uncomfortable to have a conversation with somebody over the phone, especially over the cellphone. One thing that I've found to resolve that conflict is that it's much more enjoyable to speak to people face to face, and I've had a lot better luck. Also, for individuals with impaired cognitive function it's a lot easier to read their body language and kind of observe the totality of the situation, to really effectively communicate that message. So, it's just a strategy that I hope you'll try, and, more importantly, I hope it helps.

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Like other veterans with TBI, Adam finds talking on a cellphone stressful and uncomfortable. He prefers talking face-to-face with people — that way he can hear better and also see the person's body language.

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Hi, I’m Adam Anicich

I’m a former Army Sergeant, a Department of Veterans Affairs employee, a service-disabled vet, and someone with a brain injury. I’m here to share my story with you — along with some practical tips — and I hope that I can help you in your own journey of recovery.

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This is for family, friends, caregivers and the many people who are part of providing medical services to those with brain injuries. K.I.S.S. - (Keep It Simple Sweetie) - Part 1

Feb 16th, 2013 11:27am


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