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This show is for those with TBIs; however, there is a larger community of those with an ABI. It might be the same or different individuals, but the important thing is to realize that we're all in this journey together. First, it's important to ask, what exactly is a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and what is an ABI (Acquired Brain Injury).
Mara Harris will use the personal experience she has from a partner in the past.with an ABI. A Recreational Therapist who was a counselor at SDMC (san Diego Mesa College) - ABI clinic led them to find helpful counseling and resources. As she was observing the program from the outside, she met some unique characters, whom she wants to talk about. In addition, there were services and benefits of a helpful community. Daily resources in memory and cignitive capacities leads to higher self-esteem.
When Mara came to Vallejo, she met several people with ABIs. She knew by noticing rhythms and signs. She stresses that one should never assume the presence of an ABI - one must always ask. That is not something to be afraid of, simply use compassion and patience. She has current experience with an older friend being diagnosed with dementia. This friend had multiple ski accidents, and Mara wonders what would she be like if she had been diagnosed correctly at the time?
With the presence of an ABI, the crucial factor is to slow life down! That is the gift that those with ABI have for the rest of the world filled with Supposedly Normals. Her experience with ABI gives her skills and experience to deal with others with cognitive disabilities - ABI or not.