Acquired brain injury (ABI) - help at school
- I may have difficulty reaching for the word I want to use. Please do not rush me but give me time and help me find alternatives.
- I may find complex or abstract words and ideas to be challenging. For example, I might take phrases such as ‘rings a bell’ literally and find it difficult to understand.
- I will often have problems organising my speech. I might appear to ‘ramble’. I need to be given time and to have someone help repeat back to me clearly and calmly to help scaffold my thoughts.
- I may have difficulty taking turns in a conversation, and following ‘unspoken rules’ (e.g. how close I need to stand to someone). I may need help in learning this again.
- I could have difficulty processing information and keeping track of something that’s being said to me, or I may lose the thread of what you are saying to me. It will help me if things are written down as well as said to me, or for directions to be given one at a time.
- I may tire easily. I need short focused tasks and breaks in between to rest.
- I may have difficulties thinking through and planning an activity and may at times not think ahead and be impulsive, in my actions and my thoughts. I need help planning a simple task and possibly written or visual reminders or spoken reminders to help me plan ahead.
- It makes a huge difference for me to know that there is an adult at my school who knows all about my condition and who I can talk to if I am worried or unwell.