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Guidance on navigating social gatherings and events, taking into account potential sensory challenges and communication difficulties

Plan Ahead

Familiarize yourself with the event details, such as the location, schedule and activities.  Knowing what to expect can help reduce anxiety and prepare for potential challenges.

Manage Sensory Input

If you are sensitive to certain sensory stimuli, consider strategies to minimize their impact.  This may include wearing noise-canceling headphones, using sunglasses to reduce bright lights, or taking breaks in quieter areas.

Communicate Your Needs

Inform trusted friends, family or event organizers about your sensory challenges and communication difficulties.  They can provide support and help create a more inclusive environment.

Use Visual Cues

If you find verbal communication challenging, consider using visual cues or assistive communication devices.  These can help convey your needs, preferences, or emotions to others more effectively.

Identify Safe Spaces

Locate areas where you can retreat to if you feel overwhelmed or need a break.  It could be a quiet room, outdoor space, or a designated “chill-out” zone.  Take breaks whenever necessary to recharge and manage sensory input.

Seek Support Networks

Connect with support groups or communities that understand and accommodate individuals with sensory challenges or communication difficulties.  They can provide valuable advice, empathy, and resources.

Practice Self Care

Take care of your wellbeing before, during, and after social gatherings or events.  Engage in activities that help you relax, reduce stress, and maintain a positive mindset.

While the information in this video focuses on adolescents, its insights are universally applicable and valuable for Traumatic Brain Injury survivors of all ages.  As a caregiver, this 1 minute video offers valuable insight to help explain why an individual with a brain injury can have difficulty in social settings.


Amy Roberts

Amy Roberts


Amy Roberts is a dedicated individual with a diverse background in healthcare and education. As a former Recreational Therapist, she has helped individuals of all abilities discover the joy of leisure activities as a means of promoting well-being. Her experience as a Special Education Teacher has equipped her with valuable skills in creating inclusive learning environments and supporting students with diverse needs. Amy has also served as a trainer, sharing her expertise and knowledge with others in the field. In addition, she has been a devoted caregiver for her spouse who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), supporting and navigating the challenges that come with such a role. Amy’s unwavering commitment to improving the lives of others serves as an inspiration to all those who have the privilege of crossing paths with her.

The Brain Injury Association of Tennessee (BIAT) is an awareness and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of TBI survivors and their caregivers.

BIAT does not provide medical diagnoses, treatments, or advice. All medical treatments should be discussed with your provider.