Online Brain Injury Groups

Classes, courses and discussions

What are online groups and who are they for?

Cognivate’s online groups are another part of our approach to unlocking lives after brain injury – using video calls to bring neurorehab into your front room. Each of our groups has been carefully designed to focus on particular topics or activities which may be important to someone whose life has been affected by brain injury. 

All the groups are small, with no more than 8 people so that everyone can see each other on their screen and has an opportunity to chat, ask questions, and get to know each other. Some groups are for everyone – for example our ‘Understanding Brain Injury’ group. Others focus on specific issues which may have arisen for some people but not others. Attendance is free.

Why join an online group?

Group discussions and activities are a great way of exploring issues, sharing solutions to problems, and practising techniques. Online groups enable our therapists to bring people facing similar challenges together, wherever they live. 

Our groups aim to help those who have been affected by brain injury to:

  • make sense of what has happened to them
  • talk about their experiences and compare notes
  • access expert advice from qualified therapists
  • try out exercises and strategies
  • and most of all, support each other.

How to sign up

If you’re interested in signing up for one of our online groups, or referring someone then please use this form. 

Once we’ve received your form, one of our therapists will arrange a short call to assess your needs and determine whether one of our upcoming groups is right for you. 

Before a group starts we will send all participants the start date, joining instructions, and any other relevant information.

Understanding brain injury

The Understanding Brain Injury Group is for adults with an acquired brain injury who would like to learn more about brain injury, the effects it can have, and what can help recovery. Family members and carers are welcome to attend too.

Over the 6 week course each of our therapists will explain how brain injury can affect the way we move, see and hear, think and remember, communicate and feel, and what you can do to help manage this.

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Managing Fatigue after Brain Injury

This group is for adults experiencing fatigue after brain injury. The group consists of 6 weekly sessions and one additional follow-up session after a month. 

Facilitated by our occupational therapist, Alison Hipkiss, we will discuss what fatigue is, how to recognise fatigue and triggers, and explore ways to help you manage it. Weekly tasks are set to help you apply the information from the sessions to your own life.  

 

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The Gentle Exercise class

The Gentle Exercise Class is designed for adults who have difficulty with moving and balancing after their brain injury and wish to work on their flexibility, strength and stamina in a supportive group environment.

Our physiotherapist Kathy, will explain and demonstrate exercises designed to help improve mobility and fitness. Classes are fun and easy to follow, and aim to improve participants’ ability and confidence exercising at home.

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Communicating after brain injury

The Communicating After Brain Injury Group is a 6 week course aimed at improving and practising social communication skills that have been impacted by brain injury.  It is open to people who have social communication difficulties after brain injury and they may also be accompanied by a partner, family member, carer or friend.

Kate, our speech and language therapist will explain some of the problems with talking and communicating which can make it difficult to interact with other people in everyday life. There are opportunities to practise and develop skills within the group, and to discuss what happened when you tried them out in real life.

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Cognitive skills after brain injury

The Cognitive Skills After Brain Injury Group is an 8 week course for adults with acquired brain injury and their family member or carer. Each session mixes learning with activities and discussion to help participants deal with the challenges they face with concentrating, remembering, and reasoning things through.  

Alison, our occupational therapist, will lead the sessions and help the group to understand the reasons for these problems and to explore how a range of techniques can help. Weekly tasks are given at the end of each week to apply information and strategies learnt in real life.

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Managing Emotions After Brain Injury

This group is designed for those who have experienced changes in mood following a brain injury, for example feeling low, anxious, irritable or having mood swings. 

Over the 6 week course we will explore common emotional changes after brain injury, why they happen, and what you can do to manage them. This course is led by our Neuropsychologist Martha.

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