Mike Abercrombie

Life-Skills Therapist


Carl Michael Abercrombie LST (678) 491-5913
BS Psychology, COTA (Certified Occupational Therapy Aide)
CBIS (Certified Brain Injury Specialist) 2001 #411

  • As a life-skills therapist, my one and only goal is to assist brain injury survivors (all types, including stroke) to regain their independence.
  • No brain injury is the same — my goal is to develop a strategy based on an individual's needs, and specific deficits as well each person's specific abilities.
  • Main tool of my trade —
    Compensatory strategies:
    • Help enable a survivor to perform tasks such as activities of daily living: independent living, work, school, child care, and others.
    • Take their deficits into consideration and develop a strategy to overcome those deficits while completing the task in a safe manner.
  • Goals and course of action —
    1. Work with the survivor to develop a list of goals, and the obstacles standing in the way of them.
    2. Devise and test different strategies to compensate for the deficits and reach the goals safely.
    3. Most importantly, assist survivors in learning to develop their own strategies in the future.
  • The sooner after the trauma that the survivor starts working on these strategies the better.
  • The more the survivor is involved or in charge of their recovery the better.
  • All compensatory strategies are steeped in safety first.
  • I want to help survivors become as independent as possible, as soon as possible.
  • It's never too early or too late to start.

Carl Michael Abercrombie LST (678) 491-5913

Brain-Injury Survivor: May 1993
(In a coma; inpatient and outpatient; 7 months total)
Returned to work October 1994
Returned to college January 1995
Graduated December 1999, BS Psychology
COTA (Certified Occupational Therapy Aide)
CBIS (Certified Brain-Injury Specialist) 2001 # 411
Brain Injury Peer Visitor 2008 to present