Can I improve my memory with computer software?

I am frequently asked this question.  Even my fellow professionals debate this issue. I have decided to dedicate my first Moving Ahead blog entry to this topic

In my opinion computer games can be a helpful addition to treatment by focusing on practicing specific skills. So while you typically get better at a specific game, you are not necessarily improving overall function. That’s not always a bad thing – for some folks it is a good starting point, but it is not a complete solution by any means.

For optimum success your treatment should be specific to your unique needs.  The reality is that each individual learns differently.

While there are lots of options, I will only list a few today.  First, I do not wish to confuse anyone by listing too many choices.

Second, if you are aware of the underlying reason why you are playing a game, you will more likely use this skill in your daily routine.  You will find for every game listed below, the deficits this activity is targeting.

I will suggest a few games at a time; I will update my recommendations on a regular basis via email (hard copies available if requested) and by blog postings. 

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Stained Glass

This electronic visual organization task requires you to organize boxes according to colors. This game helps….

  • Improve memory
  • Increase visual attention
  • Improve organization and planning and problem- solving
  • Help the brain learn to work quicker
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It’s Done! Another great App

Did you remember to lock the door? Turn off the stove? Take your vitamin? It’s Done! gives you perfect recall of completed tasks. So when that uneasy thought occurs, “Did I remember to…?”, It’s Done! helps you confidently confirm the task is done. No need to check or re-check. No worries at all.

“sometimes I can repeat an action, like checking to see if the front door is  locked, over and over again.  I do not have OCD  (obsessive-compulsive disorder).  I am not registering the action of locking the door in my brain…”

Many people with head injury have found this App to be very easy to use and  helpful.  It also provides individuals with TBI and their loved ones with reassurance about safety.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.>> Read more

A Free App for dealing with PTSD

An App to help those dealing with symptoms of PTSD. The app can link you to local sources of support and even help manage symptoms in the moment, The free application, now available via the iTunes store for the iPhone, also provides people with accurate information about PTSD.

The application is meant to be a supplement and not be a replacement for mental health treatment and other medical services available. But may be an excellent tool to add to your healing kit ♥

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/ptsd-coach/id430646302?mt=8

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