Accident survivors with brain injuries or their family members may note that a large portion of rehabilitation focuses on relearning skills and learning adaptive techniques for daily life. Some smart phone apps can aid in this process by helping accident survivors organize daily tasks and communicate with others.
The organization BrainLine recently compiled a useful list of smart phone apps for individuals with brain injuries.
- The Cozi Family Organizer: Family plays an essential part in helping individuals recover from brain injuries. The Cozi Family Organizer app allows family members to put together a shared calendar, shopping lists and to do lists. Activities for those with brain injuries can become a family effort, which is sometimes very much needed.
- EverNote: Apps that record, take photos, hold notes and create to-do lists can help individuals with brain injuries stay organized. The EverNote app has these features, as do the apps Flashcards Deluxe and SpeakWrite Recorder.
- T2 Mood Tracker: After suffering a brain injury, behavioral and mood changes can become debilitating for accident survivors. T2 Mood Tracker is an app that was initially made for veterans with PTSD, but it can be used to help reference behavioral and emotional symptoms for accident survivors with brain injuries.
- Quick Talk AAC: Brain injuries can cause a condition known as aphasia, where it becomes difficult to speak and understand language. Some apps can help with the symptoms of aphasia. Quick Talk AAC can help individuals with brain injuries use their phones to speak.
With millions of apps and technologies at our fingertips, it will become easier for individuals with disabilities to gain more independence. It will also become an option for health care practitioners to use these technologies and apps during the process of rehabilitation.