Technology Based Community Navigation Solutions for Individuals with Acquired Brain Injury and Executive Functioning Deficits
Brain damage--Patients--Rehabilitation; Personalized medicine; Caregivers--Family relationships--United States; Transportation; Bus travel
One Area of function that has been identified as particularly difficult for individuals with acquired brain injury (ABI) is that of community mobility and transportation. The aim of this project was to create an instructional manual describing a two-day training program to assist caregivers of individuals with ABI and resulting executive dysfunction. Caregivers can implement the training program to aid their care recipients in identifying and using technology devices to aid in community mobility. The first day focuses on assisting individuals with ABI in identifying cognitive strategies and appropriate technology for navigating public transportation. Caregivers and their care recipients also learn facts about public transportation, along with solutions to common barriers, such as route finding and appropriate behavior while on the bus. During the second day, caregivers guide participants in using technology to navigate King County public transit while taking a trip on the bus. After completing the training program, caregivers can be better prepared to teach individuals with ABI how to navigate public transportation with technology and know the next steps for assisting their care recipients to use public transportation. With assistance from caregivers, the participant can learn skills necessary to navigate public transportation with technology, thereby increasing their independence and sense of self-efficacy with community mobility.
Tatiana Kaminsky, PhD., OTR/L
Date of Completion
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Date of Award
University of Puget Sound