Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is used to describe all types of brain injury that occur after birth. Brain Injury is defined as a loss of brain function which can have occurred in a number of ways eg: drowning, alcohol/drug abuse, car/bike/pedestrian accidents, brain tumour.
Acquired Brain Injury is often referred to as a hidden disability because it often does not present externally on a person. This often makes recovery, rehabilitation and life with an ABI very isolating with people receiving little support to transition back into essential daily tasks, that they often cannot complete without assistance due to the cognitive difficulties associated with their brain injury.
Occupational therapists are the profession responsible and best placed to help people transition back into their daily life with an Acquired Brain Injury. As seen in this clip, the cognitive difficulties associated with brain injury are the hardest for people to identify, accept and work with a therapist to change because progress is not as tangible as regaining strength, or walking.
Despite the difficulty in measuring progress, cognitive and functional rehabilitation are critically important in learning to live life with an ABI.
This SBS segment shoes the difficult journey a young man faces after acquiring a brain injury in a car accident.