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Practice Makes Proficient

Neurorehabilitation from a brain injury involves learning and re-learning a long list of common activities.  Patients spend hours honing skills such as naming well-known items, transferring to and from a wheelchair and using adaptive equipment.  Therapy sessions often consist of countless repetitions of the same action, drilling these essential skills over and over (and over).  Further, therapists will usually send patients home with discharge plans outlining continued practicing of these same skills at home.  Sometimes, patients will wonder why they have to practice these activities to such a degree.  After all, if they demonstrated the skill once (or more likely a multitude of times throughout inpatient therapy) doesn’t that serve as proof positive that they now possess said skill?  Why is this repeated practice necessary?

In reality, to truly become proficient at any skill a great deal of of practice is necessary.  Just because a patient has succeeded at demonstrating a skill on one occasion does not mean that he or she will succeed in the future.  This is true for any life activity or field of endeavor.  For instance, imagine hearing the following overhead announcement while taxiing an airport runway prior to takeoff:  “Ladies and gentleman, welcome aboard flight 683 to Phoenix.  My name is Captain Mike and I will be your pilot today.  I have successfully flown a plane once.  I anticipate a smooth flight today.”  After hearing this announcement, most passengers would probably scream for the exits immediately.  Who would trust a pilot to fly a plane with a history of only one successful attempt?  We instinctively recognize that lots of practice is necessary to trust that a person can reliably and competently complete a given task.  This holds just as true for therapy as it does for the for flying of a plane.  Repeated practice, both in therapy and at home, is necessary for a patient to hone the skills and competencies necessary to successfully accomplish rehabilitation goals.  It is only through practice that patients can become proficient.

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Personal Health Devices

Many people depend upon personal health devices such as reading glasses, hearing aides and c-pap machines in their daily lives. Despite full awareness of the important role these devices play, these items are still often left at home by brain injury survivors when they enter into an in-patient rehabilitation program.
Patients are asked to read written directions and hear verbal instructions in therapies. Realistically, they will need their reading glasses and hearing aides on a daily basis in order to attain their maximum potential level of rehabilitation success. After an injury patients need sleep even more than they did in their lives prior, so it is that much more vital that they continue use of their c-pap machines. These are just a few examples of how personal health devices are important in rehabilitation.
Personal health devices should be considered in the same way soap, toothpaste and other necessities of basic daily health and hygiene maintenance are considered. Just as you would not forget soap and toothpaste when coming for rehabilitation, you should also be sure to remember all personal health devices.

 

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