Recovery from brain injury can take time. With the advances in modern technology there a number of apps for your smartphone that can assist with this process.
Individuals with brain injury may find it hard to communicate in early stages of recovery so it may help to use a simple “yes no” format. Apps such as Answers: YesNo for iOS and Quick Talk AAC for Android can help with a forced choice format. There are further communication aids that involve emotions such as Bla|Bla|Bla for iOS, which shows fun faces reacting to sound.
There’s an app to match nearly any cognitive rehab goal:
Awesome Memory for short-term memory,
Skill Game for executive functioning.
The calendar reminder on any mobile phone is a useful function to assit with prompting. A number of apps build on this format by including photos and voices to associate to a particular task. See Visual Schedule Planner , EZBuzz and Voice Reminder for further info. Sticky Notes for iOS and the Desk Notes widget for Android are also great for making virtual notes.
Obviously all of the aforementioned apps are not a substitute for a targeted rehab programme but can be helpful.
Dr. Fraser Morrison, Clinical Director, Alba Psychology