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Self-Awareness Tip Sheet

The ability to assess one's own abilities and limitations. Individuals with brain injury may not recognize changes in behavior or personality.

Look for These Difficulties

  • Difficulty recognizing a problem while it is happening
  • Difficulty understanding why rehabilitation therapies are needed
  • Difficulty putting goals and strategies into action
  • Difficulty generalizing knowledge from one situation to another
  • Difficulty monitoring your progress
  • Not following recommendations of providers


  • Learn how to use safe "supported risk-taking" techniques from providers
  • Work with providers to develop effective problem solving techniques
  • Ask for realistic feedback from members of your support system
  • Use a memory notebook, video reviews, or device, like a cellphone, to track progress and setbacks
  • Consider participating in individual therapy to help you process the changes in your life

Adjustments and change take time!