Meet Harold, our memory aid. During one of the cognitive modules we task our guys with remembering the four lobes of the brain. Anyone with a brain injury can tell you that committing something like the four words: ‘frontal, temporal, parietal and occipital’ to memory is not easy. Working memory – names, shopping lists, where you put your keys – is almost always affected in brain injury and can be one of the most frustrating aspects of being a brain injury survivor.
Much like you would exercise a muscle for physical rehabilitation, during our cognitive modules we exercise the mind, creating new neural pathways for working memory. One of our members was particularly inventive and created Harold, who sat in his fruit bowl until our cognitive session as a memory aid. Harold has cotton wool hair, a smiley face and little labels correctly positioned to show where the four lobes are located.
It was such a fun way to approach the task. Absolutely amazing.