Improvement patterns among survivors of brain injury: Three case examples documenting the effectiveness of memory compensation strategies

Andrea Van Hulle, Karen Hux

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Three case examples illustrate possible patterns of improved functioning that may emerge as survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI) attempt compensation for persistent memory deficits impeding independent living. The task selected for report was independence in remembering to take regularly-prescribed medications. Strategies applied to promote learning included use of written reminders and use of two assistive technology (AT) devices - a wristwatch alarm (WatchMinder®) and a digital voice recorder and alarm system (Voice Craft™). With participation in the intervention programme, two of the three individuals demonstrated increased independence in remembering to take medications; the third did not. The case examples illustrate varying responses of people with TBI to intervention using compensatory strategies and AT devices. Professionals and caretakers working with survivors must recognize the uniqueness of each survivor, must adjust intervention programmes accordingly and must be willing to persist in trying to increase functional independence repeatedly for many years post-injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-109
Number of pages9
JournalBrain Injury
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006



  • Assistive technology
  • Memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Neurology

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