When a person suffers from a brain injury, it is often paralyzed by family members to find every possible way to help the recovery process. Technology is such a big part of life these days that there are many people who see technology as the wave of the future for short-term brain injury treatment – and many physicians would agree with them.
According to Quora.com, there are more than 500 new apps launched every day around the world. There is a possibility to live differently and learn something new with each new app. In the world of rehabilitation, new apps mean new ways for physicians to reach further into the world of technology to find different ways to help patients with brain injury.
When looking for apps that help heal brain injury, it’s important to remember a few key points:
- What is the goal of the app?
- How hard is the app to learn?
- Is there a cost to use?
- Are there different skill levels?
It’s important to think about what a patient needs when looking for a specific app to help heal a brain injury. For example, if a patient needs to learn to read, an app with lots of directions would not be a good choice. Finding an app with simple directions, such as focusing on filling in words or completing sentences, would be a good option. There are many apps for adults that will aid the process of learning to read as well, which may work well for individuals retrieving those skills after a stroke or brain injury.
Apps that contain complex instructions or steps to start a program are generally not good for someone trying to work on cognitive skills. An app with two or three brief descriptions of directions, or individual step-by-step instructions you can see while using the app, may work best.
There are thousands of free apps available for a variety of smartphones and tablets. With free apps, there are still app charges that exist beyond just the free portion of the download. It’s important to read the app’s description before purchasing to make sure it doesn’t require a lot of money to play and participate.
The goal of an app when used as a therapeutic tool is to help someone improve their function in a specific area. Some apps offer difficulty levels so that when an area or level has been reached, the task is the next step to continue learning or practicing a skill. This layered learning is helpful when a patient wants to learn just a game or two, rather than having to get multiple apps to complete difficult and difficult tasks.
Trying them out is a must with any app purchase – a free app is always a great option, and a way to find interesting and fun ways to work on therapeutic goals without getting bored. Try different sports, even if they don’t sound interesting, because you may be surprised by what you can learn, and how much even simple games can improve skills that have been disrupted by brain injury.