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Brain injury videoconferencing: Can everyone dial in?

How video conferencing might not work for those who have experienced brain injury, and what can be done to help.

Video conferencing has been essential over the past couple of months to help life and work retain some element of normality. It’s even more vital for people who are isolated, so they feel they can connect and participate in the world around them. However, when you have a brain injury, is it that simple?

People who live with a brain injury may experience a myriad of challenges and issues even before it comes to contacting people through something that – for many of us – is totally new. Cognitive, behavioural and fatigue issues can plague the daily life of someone with a brain injury and video conferencing can unfortunately exacerbate these problems.

“Being able to connect ‘socially’ is very important for many, as part of acceptance and commitment therapy. When threatened, mammals connect with each other and become tribal and yet we are being told to isolate ourselves. During this time video conferencing can provide a sense of soothing and connection”. – Brain injury counsellor Diane Aronson

But the outlook for the future – should lockdown life become more of the ‘new normal’ – isn’t all bad. There are ways in which those with experience working with brain injured individuals can make video calling manageable, fun, and even use it to help people do things they might not otherwise have done.

To find this out, our team spoke with specialist brain injury counsellor Diane Aronson about the challenges she has faced during lockdown and how she has overcome them, and Nicola Cale, a case manager at CCMS, about how she manages video calls with large groups.

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