Saturday, June 16, 2012

The 3 R's

Repetition, repetition, repetition.

The other week I came back from the library with a Henning Mankell book. Didn't know if I'd already read it. After reading and returning it I still have no idea. It was a good read though! One Step Behind.

Repetition is how I've been moving forward since the accident. That feeling of disorientation, wondering whether I've been here before, wondering where I am. It's the downside of everything familiar actually becoming a new experience. Press on. Do it again. Make it real.

Can I relearn what used to be familiar, by being patient and repeating things over and over? It's a big experiment.

I've been looking for some empirical research to support this approach. That is, that repetition can help TBI survivors establish a new store of familiar patterns. In the process I came across this anecdotal evidence. And more first-person advice here. Along with a network of brain injury blogs to link to. Huzzah!

But so far, I haven't found any neurological studies in this area. If you know of any, please comment!!

And here's an essay that argues it is not all wasted effort, a nice counterpoint to the video.

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