Holiday Adjustments-Part 2: Participation

The Transitional Learning Center's Blog

This is part 2 of a series on holiday adjustments.  As mentioned in part 1, brain injury deficits may impact the ability for a brain injury survivor to participate as in previous years in holiday celebrations so adjustments may need to be made for the survivor to have a successful holiday.  Part 2 will focus on some thoughts regarding participation in holiday celebrations.

One of the most difficult aspects of having a brain injury at holiday time is changes in the ability to participate in the holiday celebrations.  For instance, a brain injury survivor may have been the main cook for Thanksgiving but can no longer do so due to memory deficits or an inability to use the right side of the body.  This is a tremendous blow to the survivor’s self-esteem and pride.  Family members may try to be helpful by telling the survivor to “not worry” and that…

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