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RPG for TBI - CYOA - Example CYOA Process

by Hawke Robinson published Nov 12, 2016 10:16 AM, last modified Nov 12, 2016 10:16 AM

After establishing that the client meets sufficient cognitive functioning, and determining that client has a sufficient means of response and interaction with the recreation therapist, the RT asks the client, “Would you like to play a simple version of a role-playing game?”. “Squeeze/blink once for yes, two for no.” Client indicates yes...

“This adventure is set in Chicago during the 'Roaring '20's'. It is a mystery-style adventure.”

Of course any genre/setting will work.

“You will have three characters you can choose from. I will first list the three options, then I will ask you which one you prefer as I go through the list a second time. You will then indicate 'yes' when I mention the character you want.”

“You may choose to play: 1. A Police Detective, 2. A Private Eye, 3. An Investigative Reporter.”

“Would you like me to repeat that list again?” (yes/no)

“Have you decided which option to pick from those 3 choices?” (yes/no)

When the client indicates “yes” to being ready to choose, the RT states, “I will now repeat those three choices. Squeeze once for yes when you hear the option you want.”

Client squeezed yes for “Private Eye”.

“You selected 'private eye', is that correct?”. (yes/no).

The RT continues, “You have chosen Private Eye, is that correct?” Client confirms with single squeeze/blink.

The RT continues, “The story unfolds as follows. An old man has come to your office. A family heirloom has been stolen from his house. The police have no leads, but he says everyone knows that you, as the ace private detective that you are, can use alternate channels to find things the police can't or won't....”

If the client is continuing to be responsive to this form of modified RPG, and if it is deemed appropriate, as the client's functional level continues to improve, the client's family, friends, and caretakers may be able to engage the client in continuing the “adventure” when the RT is not around.