After a brain injury, some people will have difficulty with self-awareness, communication, mood, social skills and behaviour. They might not realise when their behaviour is inappropriate, so providing immediate, direct and clear feedback is very important. Using subtle cues about behaviour, or giving information that is too vague or general, makes it difficult for the person to gain a clear understanding of what is expected.
Relearning sociable behaviour is easier when family, friends and co-workers agree on set limits and give the same feedback on what is acceptable or unacceptable behaviour. This can be achieved by:
- identifying behaviours that are inappropriate and appropriate
- deciding on management strategies
- using the strategies the same way in each situation