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> diagnosed traumatic brain injury (TBI) challenged with executive functioning issues
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...if you are challenged by
executive functioning
issues related to organizing skills

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is sometimes referred to as the silent epidemic, and for good reason. The reason is that TBI quite often is not a diagnosis after an impact to the head, especially if the impact does not result in a physical disfigurement. Only after months— sometimes years—of frustration and feelings of inadequacy, does it become apparent that the individual who suffered the impact can no longer function as efficiently as before the accident.

We all "have our moments," but continued feelings of confusion for no apparent reason, accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms, indicate reason to seek medical help in determining a cause:

  • Recurring thoughts that "Things are just not right."
  • Continuing to think that it is your fault that you cannot keep your life and career activities organized and in proper perspective;
  • Feeling disorganized for no apparent reason, possibly exhibiting moments or even days of confusion and/or becoming partially to totally immobilized in organizing papers and documents that previously were not a problem.
  • Unable to set realistic goals, plan, prioritize, schedule, complete activities and projects in a timely manner.
  • Struggling to initiate, pace, task, stay focused, possibly creating conflicts with others in your personal and/or career life.

In addition, It is possible to experience one or more symptoms, yet never have a reason to suspect a physiological reason. If this is your situation, again it is important to seek medical help in determining a reason for your executive functioning challenges.

  • If related to past trauma, It might have been a seemingly insignificant accident, possibly experienced during childhood years, or even as an adult: a whip lash suffered in an auto accident; a fall against a solid object such as a piece of furniture, cement, the floor near a bunk bed; a thrust to the floor, ground, snow, or ice while engaged in a sports activity.
  • An unrelated physiological explanation might include Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

Whatever the reasons you experience executive functioning challenges, let's work together to address your specific needs:

  • Design, develop, and set up a customized filing system and a paper processing system that accommodates your needs;
  • Create physical environments that minimize distractions and frustrations;
  • Update or create a personal organizer/planner system that supports realistic executive functioning;
  • Develop and learn techniques for monitoring time use: scheduling, pacing, getting started, staying focused, following through.

Other possibilities to consider:

  • Organizing assistance might be covered under an insurance policy claim. Let's discuss the details of your situation to see if you qualify.
  • If you live in Colorado and think that your situation qualifies you to receive services through the CO Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, let's discuss possibilities of my assisting you.
  • You might also benefit by reading the articles and tips in the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Resources section on this Web site, to gain additional information for...

...Solutions to Meet Your Special Needs!



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