“Other methods that worked well for me, and would likely prove beneficial for others, were theatre and memorization. [My] sister Peggy found an advertisement in the local paper. It was a call for open auditions to a musical stage play, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance.
I remember the play made me anxious, but the audition didn’t. I had already memorized the songs and a poem used as a monologue. Recognizing my short-term memory was hindered, I’d begun memorizing texts and songs. I felt it was important for a successful recovery. For somehow, intrinsically, I knew I could retrain my brain.
The book, The Brain, Cognition, and Education, states, although humans as organisms have a specific and pre-determined nervous system structure defined over generations, they also have the potential to adjust after life-changing events. These experiences can modify the nervous system and alter behavior. ‘This ability to change gives organisms the capacity for learning and memory.’ (Sarah, Kenneth, & Rita, 2013)
During rehearsal I successfully learned a few lines, blocking (or on-stage movement from place to place), small segments of choreography, and many songs. Rehearsing with other actors and then sharing the stage with them helped me with social interaction; and it was a particular area I needed to improve. Truth was, I was extremely nervous about the entire process as I had trouble with short term memory and learning lines without music was terrifying.
Our brains can learn, change and adapt. If people survive an initial trauma, they will likely improve over time. Re-learning to read and write is one crucial way to improve recovery.” — Excerpt From, The Memory Box.
In the spring of 1990 Allan Boss was in a motor vehicle accident. He suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. His family learned he may never walk again or talk again. yet, he went on to achieve three university degrees, has written/edited four published books, has run four marathons, and is currently writing a non-fiction book about his recovery.
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