Brain Injury Recovery Support Program

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

Compiled by: Brain Injury Mentor, Educator, and Medical Advocacy Consultant


What Is The Brain Injury Recovery Support Program?

Different from Life Coaching, our Brain Injury Recovery Support Program is a self-directed program that is available for pre-purchase.

The program will include an educational format that includes strategic ideas, lists of resources, tools, worksheets, and other action steps that may assist a brain injury survivor in their recovery process. This program is just one of many purposeful tools that endeavors to help bring awareness, encourages self-advocacy, encourages the client to explore options to help facilitate their own personal growth, discovery of self, and may be an effective means of shaping neural pathways. The overall goal of the program is to provide an impactful experience to complement whatever a person’s current treatment plan is, and to assist with helping the client who is looking to reintegrate or reengage with their life, work, an event, and move forward with their recovery process.

The program seeks to help a person excel, embrace changes, and encourages them to be the best version of themselves. With that in mind, it is important to remember 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 further 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 purchasing the Brain Injury Recovery Support Program from Vital Ability, LLC?

We work with survivors, caregivers, family members, providers, friends, and anyone in the general community seeking to have a better understanding and additional knowledge. The majority of people (medical and non-medical) do not always understand entirely what it is like to live with a brain injury, or understand the challenges, triggers, behaviors, and impact of life changes on individuals who have brain injuries, and their unique needs. They also may not know what approaches are more successful to these individuals. The reality of living with a brain injury is difficult to understand, unless you have had a brain injury yourself or taken care of someone with a brain injury.

Additionally, our program has been compiled by a person with personal experience with Brain Injury, both directly and indirectly. She is a brain injury survivor, has been a caregiver and healthcare provider to folks with brain injuries over the years. She also is a co-host on Brain Injury Radio each month and maintains an educational website dedicated to Polytrauma and Brain Injury Awareness. The ability and passion to focus specifically on individuals with brain injuries through this particular program, and their unique needs makes this an exceptional resource.

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. ~ CS Lewis

Some ways a person may benefit from the program.

  • 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
  • embrace self-advocacy skills
  • develop best practices for keeping track of appointments and daily tasks
  • 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
  • Learn how to access community resources
  • Develop strategies to accept new normal and adapting to changes
  • Self-care during recovery.
  • Establishing goals, and clarifying goals based on their current status
  • Strategies to renew confidence and dignity.
  • Dynamics surrounding relationships
  • Self-Advocacy when working with providers/caregivers
  • Discovering activities to assist with finding some joy, peace, and a sense of normalcy

Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it with use. ~Ruth Gordon

Does Vital Ability, LLC provide Neuropsychological Testing, cognitive testing, or cognitive rehabilitation?

No. We specifically only offer the self-directed Brain Injury Support Program.

May your choices reflect your HOPES, not your fears. ~ Nelson Mandela

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: 

  • falls
  • assaults
  • motor vehicle accidents
  • blunt force trauma
  • 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:

  • stroke
  • near drowning
  • aneurysm
  • tumor
  • 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. The more tools and strategies available to a survivor, the stronger their rehabilitation program.

The Brain Injury Recovery Support Program with Vital Ability, LLC is just one of those additional tools.

It is our CHOICES that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. ~ JK Rowling