For businesses and the medical community, brain injuries can be difficult to deal with. The symptoms are not nearly so obvious (or uniform) as with injuries to limbs or diseases of organs. For employers and co-workers, the brain-injured person appears to be the same person they knew before, while doctors and medical staff have to rely on the reporting of the patient, who is often having their own difficulty knowing or describing how they feel.
Using my our personal experience and the reports of injured people we have worked with, Brain Navigators has developed methods for creating empathy for brain injured people on the part of both businesses and medical professionals.
Part of this training involves simulating some of the effects that people with brain injuries experience, so that participants can have some understanding of what their colleague or patient is going through.
Brain Navigators, also explore ways that we can easily alter our behaviours to help the brain injured person to better cope. For instance, sitting in a noisy or crowded waiting room for even a few minutes can overload a brain-injured person to the point that they can’t follow instructions or keep their eyes open. So when the doctor is able to see the patient, its important to assess their current state and to compensate with small adjustments, like writing things down rather than just telling a person who may or may not be able to process thoughts at the moment.
Another important area of training that Brain Navigators can provide for health care professionals is to learn what some of the symptoms or even lack of symptoms of a brain-injured person can mean. Take sleep for example. Easily falling asleep during the day, even following a good night’s rest, is sometimes taken to indicate some form of depression. But to a person with a brain injury, sleep is often the reaction to an overload of stimuli, brought on by a trip to the supermarket or sitting in a noisy, busy traffic jam.
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