- SELF STUDY MODULES
- 1. Intro to TBI
- 2. Communication
- 3. Skills for independence
- 4. Cognitive changes
- 5. Behaviour changes
- 6. Sexuality
- 7. Case management
- 8. Supervising staff
- 9. Mobility & motor control
- 10. Mental health & TBI:
- 11. Mental health problems
and TBI: diagnosis
- 12. Working with Families
after Traumatic Injury:
4.6 Take home messages
- Cognition refers to thinking processes such as attention, problem solving, learning, memory, language and ‘higher level’ thinking processes, for example; decision making, planning and abstract reasoning skills.
Neuropsychology is the scientific study of the relationship between the brain and behaviour.
A neuropsychologist is a registered psychologist with specialised training in the area of Neuropsychology.
In a TBI setting, a neuropsychologist will:
o Perform a neuropsychological assessment to establish cognitive strengths and weaknesses following a TBI
o Provide feedback of these findings to:
Services involved with the client
o Work with the client, their family, their carers, therapists and other relevant services to develop and recommend strategies to help compensate for cognitive and behavioural changes.
The consequences a TBI will have on a person's cognitive processes depends on o What the person was like before the injury – in terms of cognitive functioning, personality, and coping style. o the nature of damage to the brain o spontaneous recovery.
There are a range of cognitive changes that can occur after TBI. These can lead to changes in behaviour or difficulty performing certain tasks.
The effects of cognitive changes can be minimised by you and others using appropriate management strategies.
Cognitive and behavioural changes that result from TBI can be mistaken by other people as a person trying to be deliberately difficult .