Reading Rehab Experiment: Reading a Wordless Graphic Novel

The psychology prof I meet with occasionally to discuss reading suggested an experiment: read a wordless graphic novel. He loaned me Cinema Panopticum by Thomas Ott. We had been discussing how the brain takes in information one word at a time and then processes the same bits of information but combined in another area. The […]

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CZ Brain Training, Email, and Reading my Own Book

Sorry about the slowness in getting this post out. CZ SMR retraining is going well. We’re retraining my brain at the top centre of it to produce more brainwaves at the 12–15Hz or SMR range. When you’re calm, relaxed and focused, that’s SMR at the CZ. We’ve done five sessions with two screens of (re)training. […]

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A Change Up in Neurofeedback Protocol to Help My Reading Rehab

As I think I mentioned before, we began changing up my brain biofeedback protocol because of the emotional tides sweeping through me as PTSD takes its toll. Honestly, it’s bad enough I have to treat my brain injury to read again, now I have to overcome PTSD too. Humph. Since gamma brainwave enhancement reduces the […]

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Full Circle yet not the Same Reading Rehab

Sometimes it seems like nothing ever changes with my reading; when my neurodoc talks about my great progress, I go feh. You’re too hard on yourself, he says. Maybe. But when I began my reading rehab journey way back in 2000 (and failed or faltered several times on the way since), I began with taking […]

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Working Decision Making into Reading Rehab

I told my neurodoc I felt like my reading rehab had stagnated. Yeah, I still get headaches after reading a couple of long paragraphs out loud, using my finger to guide me. But if I take the time and remember to take three deep breaths between paragraphs, I can reduce or slow down the onset. […]

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Trying Out Apple’s iOS Alex for Reading Rehab

Apple has incorporated speaking into its iOS options for text. Enable Speech under General/Accessibility Settings on your iPhone or iPad, and then when you pull down with two fingers or select text and choose “Speak” from the pop-out menu, your voice of choice will speak the text on the page you’re viewing to you. You […]

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Post-Brain Injury Reading Rehab Moving to the iPhone

My reading recall has improved this past week. Is it a blip or for real? I had a couple of days of feeling nauseated and dizzy on and off. As usual, because it happens irregularly, it took me awhile to go: oh yeah, this happens when my brain is improving. What will it be? I’ll […]

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Politics Took Over

We’ve been having an anyone-but-Harper (Canada’s current Prime Minister) election — a very looonnnngggg election — and last month, I also attended the TTC’s annual Public Forum on accessibility. That added up to my politics blog getting all my writing love these days. My poor website must be feeling neglected. I want to summarize the […]

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The Top Need for Reading Rehab after Brain Injury: A Coach

From my reading rehab so far, I’ve learnt the number one need is a reading coach. Let me explain. Brain injury sounds so simple. Like with a broken leg, you get the diagnosis, you know what it’s all about, right? Um, no. Unlike with a broken leg, it takes years to learn the totality of […]

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