I believed in reading strategies because I believed in my therapist—until I finally had to admit they were an illusion.
I sat opposite my therapist, focusing effortfully on her lesson. She was teaching me how to read post-concussion using strategies: highlighters to highlight words I needed to remember; pens to write notes in the margins and in a notebook to remember the text; two sheets of paper to cover off pages and paragraphs I wasn’t reading; sticky notes to mark key points; a decision list on how to choose material that gave me the best chance of reading. I went home with this clutch of strategies to help me read for five minutes per day, the limit of my ability to read after brain injury.
Reading a familiar book was like studying for university. My therapist monitored my progress weekly or less.