eBooks for children, adolecsents, adults, caregivers and veterans with information on concussion, mild brain injury, blast injury, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and PTSD explain symptoms and treatment of mild, moderate and severe brain injury and post traumatic stress disorders.
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Defying Gravity is a love story of a family that walks with their beloved airman as they begin their journey to overcome the devastation of severe traumatic brain injury.
While serving in the Air Force, Senior Airman, David Eric Rogers, II is catastrophically wounded in a car accident on his way to work as an F-16 Crew Chief. He has internal organ damage and multiple fractures to his pelvis and ribs, but his most critical injury is a potentially deadly and life-altering severe traumatic brain injury.
This account by his mother, Lauri Rogers, is deeply personal and emotional as she shares the family’s perilous journey filled with hope and fear. It gives readers insights into the complex system of military care and how families cope as they navigate the maze of treatment for traumatic brain injury.
Jeff Sebell explains how we can go about regaining our "Sense of Selves" in a step by step, easy to follow way. Starting with "Resetting Zero," and moving on to "Discovery" and your "Relationship with Your Brain Injury," Jeff maps out the path we can follow to living a fulfilled life.
Jeff, a 40 year TBI survivor, dives into the nitty gritty of living life after brain injury, examining the meaning of what has been lost, and showing us how we can rebuild ourselves.
With honesty, clarity, and a determined sense of self, Jeff shows brain injury surviviors that there is a difference between recovery and discovery. This short book is full of lightbulb moments. A worthwhile read for anyone struggling after a brain injury. - Reviewed by Rosemary Rawlins
Recovery from her physical wounds was all that seemed to matter back in 1977 when Sara’s legs were badly broken in car crash that upended her college graduation and shiny new career plans.
Imagine living your life with an undiagnosed brain injury. No one told Sara Lewis about the “severe concussion” noted by a doctor at the hospital. So she lived for nearly 3 decades with a brain injury she didn’t know she had. During those years, frustration over thinking problems grew. Wrong turns, misunderstandings, and defeats at work and at home led to emotional and behavioral meltdowns that are the hallmark of so many brain injuries. Public awareness was growing, but not fast enough to save Sara from ruining her career, losing friends, and becoming more and more isolated.
Even after her traumatic brain injury was diagnosed, it took another decade and another trip to graduate school to become a speech-language pathologist for her to understand its impact on her life. Acknowledging and adapting to her brain injury has finally freed her to live her life fully as a survivor of a brain injury.
Of all the physical and cognitive losses after her brain injury, it was Hilary Zayed’s loss of self that was the least visible to others…but most painful for her. Her book explores her meaning of loss, the search for a new identity, and the reinvention of her “new self” with her new self-awareness. Art became her vehicle for self-exploration and self-expression, as she struggled to build a new identity and move forward. She shares her experiences (post-TBI) candidly, and her artwork speaks volumes about her passion for life.
Shifting from the “micro” model found in so many policies and procedures that approach the person with a physical, mental, or emotional disability as “the problem,” this new book on social capital by Condeluci and Fromknecht offers a “macro” approach for human services in the community and for people with disabilities. By helping people find their commonality, disabilities matter less. This is an essential book for any provider or organization involved in clinical care, residential services, and support services. It will challenge readers to self-examine their policies and program models and recognize that we are all interdependent.
In his newest and fourth book on community inclusion for persons with disabilities, Al Condeluci focuses on the change process. Do you change the person who has a disability or special needs or do you change the environment? By addressing both, Condeluci explores the meaning and methods for micro and macro change. Taking a broader look at advocacy, he builds on the key concepts and theories of organizing with lots of examples of advocacy for both individual as well as systemic cultural change. This pragmatic approach to advocacy and community change is a practical handbook that will guide any advocate – family member, individual, provider or policy analyst through the nitty gritty of promoting and achieving real change for persons with disabilities and the community.
This eBook workbook guides survivors of brain injury and blast injury through the powerful healing experience of telling their own stories with simple journaling techniques. By writing short journal entries, survivors explore the challenges, losses, changes, emotions, adjustments, stresses, and milestones as they rebuild their lives. Journaling after brain injury helps written and verbal communication skills and provides cognitive retraining for following instruction. It helps promote self awareness as well as recognition of strengths and difficulties after brain injury. It is a tool for planning for the future and discussions with family members. Journaling can be done individually, in a group or with assistance from caregivers or family.
Read an interview with author Barbara Stahura.
A delightful story in eBook format with colorful illustrations for young children features Billy Butterfly as he tries to compete in the Insect Olympics with a sore wing. Written and illustrated by a survivor of a severe brain injury, this is a story of perseverance, hope and overcoming the challenges of having a disability. It is an excellent tool to help friends and peers be sensitive to the needs and abilities of children with disabilities. Billy’s story shows the importance of helping children try and the meaning of encouragement and support from friends and family.
This eBook helps parents and educators understand how the child’s brain develops and why an acquired brain injury can have both immediate and long-term consequences. It shows how a traumatic injury can disrupt the brain’s development and why changes may show up as the child grows up. By understanding how various regions of the brain develop, families and educators will recognize the relationship between an injury and changes in the child’s physical, cognitive, social, behavioral, and communicative skills.