The ABI Day Treatment Program is a supportive, creative group where you can: learn about acquired brain injuries, take part in meaningful activities, explore your strengths, and develop a wide range of skills, such as ways to manage ongoing challenges. This pamphlet explains who the program is for, how to sign up, and the two parts of the program. Contact information is provided.
An acquired brain injury (ABI) causes you to lose brain cells. This means that your remaining brain cells have to work harder to do the same kinds of activities as before your injury. Using alcohol and drugs affects how your brain works. If you have an ABI, using alcohol and drugs can have a serious effect on you and your recovery from ABI. This pamphlet explains how alcohol and drug use will affect you after an ABI and lists resources for getting help.
Anger is a natural emotion. People with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) sometimes have problems with anger. It is important to manage your anger, as it can hurt your relationships and make it hard for you to do things, like work or take part in social activities. Tips for managing anger are provided. A list of organizations in Nova Scotia where you can receive services and supports is given.
Attention (focusing on things around you) helps you to do your daily activities and tasks. It is an important part of thinking. Problems with attention are very common after an ABI. This pamphlet explains different ways you may experience attention problems, things that can make attention problems worse, and tips for coping wiht attention problems. A list of resources is also provided.
Fatigue (feeling very tired) is common after an ABI. You may feel fatigued by physical activity, cognitive (thinking) tasks, or just everyday activities. If you have problems with mood, speech, concentration, memory, vision, balance, or coordination, fatigue can make them worse. This pamphlet explains what causes fatigue after an ABI, different ways you may experience fatigue, things that can make fatigue worse, and tips for coping wiht fatigue. A list of resources is also provided.
Initiation is the ability to start an activity. Motivation is the desire to do an activity. Many people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) have trouble doing tasks or taking part in activities. This is often caused by a problem with initiation, not because you are not motivated. This pamphlet explains how problems with initiation may affect you and what you can do to help with initiation.
This book offers an empowering approach to working with people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) based upon the views and perspectives of people with ABI themselves. Drawing upon Christine Durham's own ABI experience and Paul Ramcharan's engagement in disability research over a quarter of a century, this volume gives voice to 36 participants with ABI, as well as carers and other professionals from both urban and rural areas. This unique perspective provides a long-needed, empathic alternative…
Changes in memory are common after an acquired brain injury (ABI). Memory involves many functions, such as taking in, storing, and retrieving information. This pamphlet explains how memory changes might affect you, other things that could affect your memory, and tips for managing your memory.
NSHA staff are offering a 2-part education session for people who have recently experienced a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussion. This pamphlet explains who the session is for and how to sign up.
This sensitive book provides a much-needed compilation and description of OT programs for the care of individuals disabled by traumatic brain injury (TBI). Focusing on the disabled individual, the family, and the societal responses to the injured, this comprehensive book covers the spectrum of available services from intensive care to transitional and community living. Both theoretical approaches to the problems of brain injury as well as practical treatment techniques are explored in Occupatio…
Signs of perseveration include repeating or continuing an action, word, or movement. Sometimes this can be the continuation of a feeling or idea. For example, you may get “stuck” brushing your teeth, or bring up the same thing over and over. Perseveration can often affect daily activities and relationships. This pamphlet explains what you can do to help with perseveration and strategies that can help. A list of resources is also included.