CONTROL is defined as the power to influence or direct people’s behavior or the course of events. As a Speech Pathologist providing cognitive rehabilitation to people experiencing traumatic brain injuries, a common theme has emerged and it is related to CONTROL. Clients consistently report frustration which sometimes leads to anger related to the loss of control they experience following their injuries. This loss of control may be related to:
-Having to move back home
-Having someone taking over their finances
-Having people making decisions for them
Life becomes confusing and tasks that used to be completed with ease now require a significant amount of attention, concentration and time and still may not get accomplished. My goal as the Cognitive Coach it to help clients regain CONTROL over their lives. How do I do this? It’s a multi-step process that involves
-Education -Task completion
-Increasing awareness -Feedback
-Goal setting -Accountability.
This process leads to gaining an understanding of brain function, identifying strengths and weaknesses, developing the ability to set realistic expectations and maximize the level of independence. The end result is regaining CONTROL.
Step 2 focuses on using that AWARENESS to begin to address the obstacles you are now facing. Activities are completed and feedback is provided to increase awareness of performance and identify the factors that improve and/or interfere with that performance.Step three is to use this increased AWARENESS to set realistic expectations and anticipate the level of achievement based on variables present in different situations.
It’s Not Cookie Cutter!! Everyone is an individual. Right? Right! Everyone needs their own plan for success. It’s similar to creating an individual recipe for each person. Materials (activities), are chosen specific to the needs identified in the treatment plan. As the Cognitive Coach. I will introduce ingredients (strategies) and we will measure the progress towards achieving your personal goals. After careful analysis and evaluation, modifications will be made to boost the progress toward those goals. Some of the variables that create individual differences may include life experience, personality, age, and available support systems If you are still searching for answers after reading self-help books, it is and indication that you may be in need of your own special “recipe” in order to taste success.