What Makes Reading Enjoyable?

This entry is part 4 of 3 in the series Psychology Today - Reading and Brain Injury

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…

Cognitive Empathy For Reading Loss After Brain Injury

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Psychology Today - Reading and Brain Injury

Cognitive empathy lets you imagine a client’s experience, puts yourself in their shoes, and act accordingly. How you can use it to help restore reading post concussion. Dr. Brian Goldman, a Toronto ER doctor and host of White Coat Black Art on CBC Radio, was on CBC Radio’s Ontario Today at noon, Friday, May 4,…

Three-Week Concussion Treatment Update

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series May 2021 Brain Injury

The horror fest of concussion recovery, a job nobody wants, contains dramatic improvements. As I continue the treatment protocol I outlined in my last post, my reading is almost back to normal. I doubled my reading time on Sunday to 16 minutes without experiencing dizziness or nausea. Unfortunately, a concentration headache comes on with reading…

Gamma Update and Changes

I’ve been using gamma brainwave audiovisual entrainment since April with the Mind Alive’s DAVID Delight Pro device. On May 18, I switched it up to gamma 38-42Hz on Mondays and Fridays and SMR/gamma on Tuesdays and Thursdays and maintained the effect. My writing and photography work went down because I began using my cognitive energy…

Appearing on Lindamood-Bell Radio

I’m pleased to tell you all I was interviewed for Lindamood-Bell radio, a weekly podcast about personal experiences with their courses, research on their methods, and education. Being a student with a brain injury, I wasn’t sure I’d regain my pre-concussion book reading. Lindamood-Bell not only evaluated me fully, unlike the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, they…