Cognition or Thinking Skills after ABI

Changes to cognition or our “thinking skills” are common following Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). These changes can include problems with memory and learning; attention and concentration; processing information; planning and organisation; problem solving /reasoning and judgement; understanding of concepts such as ‘time’; a sense of self (identity) or self-awareness; insight.

Functionally, changes to cognition or thinking skills can:

  • Cause difficulties with living independently at home (e.g. household management, budgeting)
  • Restrict ability to participate in daily activities (e.g. study, work, leisure)
  • Cause difficulties with living in the community (e.g.  driving, use of public transport, shopping, money handling)
  • Affect relationships with family and friends and the development of new relationships with others
  • Lead to social isolation or loneliness
  • Result in anxiety or depression
  • Lead to carer stress

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The following fact sheets have been developed to provide practical strategies and information about a range of topics related to the understanding of changes in cognition or “thinking” skills post ABI for people with brain injury, family, friends, support workers and professionals.

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for People
with ABI


Resources for
Families and
Support Workers


Resources for

For eligibility for an ABIOS service please read Direct Client Services.
To arrange training from ABIOS please read ABI Education.

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Last updated: 12 July 2022