Author: Ian

Some of my favorite ASMRtists

You may be wondering what ASMR actually is, I didn’t even know it was a thing until maybe a year ago. ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. It’s an experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation felt on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and then moves down the neck and upper …

Ways to improve our memories

I originally wrote this for the Neurotransmitter, the quarterly newsletter for the St. Petersburg Brain Injury Support Group. I wanted to take some time to discuss ways to improve our memories. One of the most important ways to help boost your brain power and, in turn, your memory is by making sure you get enough sleep each night …

Book Review: The Brain That Changes Itself

Book review – The Brain That Changes Itself written by Dr. Norman Doidge. Blog post by Barbara Casey  (Ian’s mom) When my son first acquired his brain injury, I was told that whatever state he was in at the 6-month mark was about the best we could expect for the rest of his life. You’d better believe I started …

What I enjoy reading (and you might, too!)

What I enjoy reading (and you might, too!) OK so my tastes in books might be described as… eclectic. I love a good spy novel. And I also love Janet Evanovich who is more of a “chickier” writer. Did I just invent a new word? OMG that would be so cool if I did. But I doubt it. I’m …

Five Things You Should Know About Your Friend With a Brain Injury

  Number one: don’t treat them differently simply because of their brain injury. Sure, if you were on a rugby team and your friend suddenly couldn’t play any longer, that’d be acceptable. But they’re still people with feelings and emotions. Number two: They may not be able to do everything as efficiently as they used to. This …

Are mobile games helpful in dealing with brain injuries?

How useful are mobile games in helping traumatic brain injury? When I say mobile games, I’m referring to things such as Words With Friends, Candy Crush Saga, and the like. I can’t find any data online to support either one side or the other, so I’m just going to use anecdotal evidence (namely my own experiences with them). …

Raising awareness for people with brain injuries

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month – and I’ve always tried to do my part to recognize and promote it. This included doing a walkabout where we donated money to the Brain Injury Association of Florida. Now we (me and my mother) are doing our part to continue to raise awareness! So, we created a Zazzle …

We take so much for granted

We take so much for granted, as humans. Americans especially. After my accident, and it was an accident (I wasn’t suicidal), I had to re-learn how to do practically everything. I couldn’t walk for close to a year, I had to re-learn how to eat, spit, talk, and pretty much everything else we take for granted. …

Art Therapy: Neuroscience and Brain Injury

Art Therapy: An Exciting Breakthrough in Neuroscience Anna Sandoval, an artist and Clinical Art Therapist, spoke with our brain injury support group on January 23rd, 2014 about the role of art therapy in brain trauma recovery. Anna presented an engrossing factual lecture followed by a hands-on exercise in mandala drawing. Because neuroscience has recognized that images are …

Are we too dependent on technology?

Are we too dependent on technology? I say yes. And here’s my reasoning: what am I typing this on? A PC, which is a piece of technology. I could also be typing it (and then publish it!!!) straight from my cell phone. Man, I remember when all you could do on cell phones was call people …