Writing - brain recovery

I use apps quite a bit in therapy. They are a lightweight way to carry a LOT of therapy materials (a tablet vs a shelf of books and stacks of cards). They are great for home programs because they can provide auditory models. BUT, I still use writing vs typing for many of my clients and incorporate writing into the communication tasks.   

National Public radio helps explain why:

Writing, and taking notes, is not only helpful in supporting communication, it also helps the brain process and retain information - essential for recovery from brain injuries.  

Reading the book "The Right to Write" by Julia Cameron this summer helped strengthen for me, how important writing is.  Not just at a function level, but from a brain standpoint.

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Practice for anyone (whether you've had a brain injury or not):

Next time you watch a TED talk or a TV show, take notes. Write down key words, anything that seems important. Then use those notes to have a conversation with someone about program.

A great way to stimulate memory, executive function, reading, writing, talking, listening, ALL the communication skills.

Writing can also be a valuable tool in your recovery, to help notice progress, as we describe in this post.  

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