It does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not stop; don’t look back, you’re not going that way. No brain injury is too mild to ignore or too serious to lose HOPE. You don’t need to walk alone on the road to recovery. ~Anonymous
What Is A Brain Injury Recovery Life Coach?
Different from general Life Coaching, a Brain Injury Recovery Life Coach is focused on the client having the most appropriate tools, support and guidance to engineer an impactful program of recovery that assists with helping the client to reintegrate or reengage with their life and move forward with their recovery process.
With regards to Brain Injury clients, Coaching is a strategic, resourceful, and one of many purposeful tools to help facilitate change, discovery of self, and may be an effective means of shaping neural pathways. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with a limited number of high functioning clients in recovery from Brain Injury at any one time to help them excel to the best version of themselves.
Keep in mind that recovery does not necessarily mean that things will be back to the way they were before the Trauma. Recovery doesn’t mean there won’t be struggles, setbacks, deficits, or even growth, healing, and rehabilitation. While things may not be the same and may now be different or require modifications throughout your life, there are still possibilities.
Recovery from Trauma DOES involve progress, mindfulness, hard work, commitment, consistency, self-advocacy, and acceptance of self.
One of the hardest things was learning that I was worth recovery. ~ Demi Lavato
What is the benefit of working with a Brain Injury Recovery Life Coach as opposed to any other Life Coach?
The majority of Coaches at large do not understand entirely what it is like to live with a brain injury. The reality of living with a brain injury is difficult to understand, unless you have had a brain injury or taken care of someone with a brain injury. The majority of Coaches do not understand the challenges, triggers, behaviors, and impact of life changes on individuals who have brain injuries. They also don’t know what approaches are more successful for these individuals. Brain Injury Recovery Life Coaches, however, have the experience and ability to focus specifically on individuals with brain injuries and their unique needs. Often times based on their own unique experiences with brain injury directly, in their own lives.
Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. ~ CS Lewis
Do you work with caregivers or family members of individuals who have a brain injury?
Absolutely! We work with caregivers, family members, and other supporters of brain injury survivors as they adjust to the new normals, new roles, and demands caused by their loved one’s injury.
Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it with use. ~Ruth Gordon
Does Vital Ability provide Neuropsychological Testing, cognitive testing, or cognitive rehabilitation?
No. We offer individualized life coaching to individuals with various types of Brain Injuries (mostly mild or moderate) who either are struggling with the after-effects of their brain injury or who want to add more value to their life, moving forward.
May your choices reflect your HOPES, not your fears. ~ Nelson Mandela
Why should I choose to work with Vital Ability?
The Coach(es) with Vital Ability have personal experience with Brain Injury and they have been trained in numerous coaching approaches. They are able to provide useful tools, resources, and relatable experiences to help them work with each client.
Key coaching elements include explorations such as the ability to:
- learn how to develop and implement functional daily strategies
- apply skills to renew your confidence and maintain your dignity
- get ongoing encouragement through your recovery process
- learn self-advocacy skills
- develop best practices for keeping track of appointments and daily tasks
- get empowering support to set both short and long term goals that are realistic and able to be reached; develop active steps towards meeting those goals
- work through self-care, accepting the new normal
- discussion about recovery tips and tools
- explore support options
- discovering activities to find fulfillment, peace, and thriveability on the recovery journey
- exploring possibilities while working from your strengths and values
- challenge client to expand personal awareness through various activities provided in the coaching process
Types of Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a complex injury with a broad spectrum of symptoms and disabilities. The impact on a person and his or her family can be devastating. Traumatic brain injury, often referred to as TBI, is most often an acute event similar to other injuries. That is where the similarity between traumatic brain injury and other injuries ends. One moment the person is normal and the next moment life has abruptly changed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines concussion as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, stretching and damaging brain cells and creating chemical changes in the brain.
There may be signs of injury to the head, such as bruising or cuts, or there may be no visible injury. A person does not necessarily pass out after a concussion.
Traumatic brain injury occurs when an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction, such as:
- motor vehicle accidents
- sports injuries
Acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain, which is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or induced by birth trauma. An acquired brain injury is an injury to the brain that has occurred after birth, such as:
- near drowning
- infectious disease that affect the brain (such as meningitis, etc)
- lack of oxygen supply to the brain (heart attack, respiratory arrest, poor airway ventilation, etc)
- chemical/toxic exposure
A brain injury is different from a broken limb or punctured lung. An injury in these areas limit the use of a specific part of your body, but your personality and mental abilities remain unchanged. Most often, these body structures heal and regain their previous function. Brain injuries do not heal like other injuries. The recovery process is different for everyone. Just as no two people are alike, no two brain injuries are alike. Symptoms may appear right away or may not be present for days or weeks after the injury. Some symptoms last days or weeks, while others can last years, or a lifetime.
Following acute, post-acute, and/or sub-acute rehabilitation, a person with a brain injury may continue to receive outpatient therapies to maintain and enhance his or her recovery. Another important part of recovery from a brain injury is to reintegrate back into the activities of daily life. There are several options based on a person’s ability to participate in any specific program.
Life Coaching for Brain Injury Recovery is just one of those options.
It is our CHOICES that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. ~ JK Rowling