Recognizing that a series of steps are completed in order is the basis of sequencing. From a young age, we learn signal words for this skill such as “first”, “next” and “last”. A person with a brain injury may have difficulty conceptualizing these words and may complete tasks out of order. Sequencing is best aided by visual cues and/or physical demonstration.
The challenges that are often seen in a person with a brain injury include:
Trouble sequencing can show up in lots of ways, from solving math problems to telling stories. Continued development of this skill takes external coaching and visual cues.