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News Releases by Lash and Associates feature information on new products and events on acquired brain injury in children, adolescents and events. Click on each title to view the full news release. You have permission to use news releases for newsletters, news articles, and electronic mail. Please call us at 919-556-0300 if your would like more information on any topic.

NEWS RELEASE: APT-2 French Version

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NEWS RELEASE: l’ATTENTION PROCESSUS TRAINING Manual II (APT-II) en Français  translated by Sophie Blanchet Author & Developer: McKay Moore Sohlberg, Ph.D. Développé par McKay Moore Sohlberg, Ph.D. et Catherine Mateer, Ph.D., traduit par Sophie Blanchet, le programme APT-II est conçu pour les adolescents, les adultes et les personnes âgées avec de légères difficultés cognitives et des […]

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Their War Came Home A documentary by veterans for veterans

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Developed to help veterans and their families recognize and understand the invisible wounds of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), this 50 minute documentary produced by Korean and Vietnam veterans Norm Seider, Carl Ohlson, and John Drinkard features the voices of veterans who have returned home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans describe the impact of the invisible wounds of post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury and the effects on them and their families. Chronicling destructive cycles of depression, self medication, alcohol, and addiction, veterans and clinicians examine the search for a “new normal” after the devastation of war.

No matter how or where you served as a veteran, no matter how long ago or recently you came home… this documentary is for you, your family and those who care about you.

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Are We Asking Too Much of Families? by Marilyn Lash, MSW

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Rosemary Rawlins’ book Learning by Accident is a very personal account of her husband Hugh’s brain injury that is unlike any other book I have read. What is so very special is how she brings the reader into her home as a wife and mother who is thrust into the world of caregiving. Unfortunately, her experience is not unique. What is unique is how she chronicles her husband’s journey from the brink of death through the long grind of surgeries, therapies, and complications into an uncertain future for their marriage, their children, his employment, and their future.

This book made me rethink what we ask of families in this world of managed care with shorter hospital stays. We give enormous challenges to families as they become the rehabilitation providers at home – yet too often, we do not give them the support, information or resources they need. This book will make you both admire what family caregivers do and also make you question why we do not help them more.

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News Release: New Workbook Focuses on Coping Skills for Families and Adults with Brain Injury

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Coping with the challenges that follow an acquired brain injury can be stressful, frustrating and confusing for families and survivors. Samantha Backhaus’ new workbook, Brain Injury Coping Skills, educates and supports families by giving them the information and skills needed to cope, problem solve and manage life at home. Published by Lash and Associates, the 16 week curriculum is designed for small groups but can also be used independently as a self-help program.

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News Release: Survivor of TBI Writes Meditations on Brain Injury

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As a survivor of a traumatic brain injury, Mike Strand knows the challenge of surviving a severe brain injury and learning how to first accept the changes caused by his injury and then to move forward into a rewarding post-TBI life. Ten years after his injury, he began writing about his hard-won lessons, and these short essays are now collected in the second edition of his book, Meditations on Brain Injury.

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News Release: Compassion Fatigue Tip Card by Janet Cromer

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New tip card on compassion fatigue by Janet Cromer describes the signs and symptoms of secondary traumatic stress among caregivers. It helps families and other caregivers recognize the early warning signs of stress and burnout and how to take steps to care for the caregiver. Essential information for family caregivers as well as agencies providing home care.

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News Release: Help Children Understand the Trauma of War when a Parent is Injured

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New story book for children helps them understand their fears and reactions when a parent is injured in war. With so many service members and veterans with traumatic brain injuries and other traumas sustained in Iraq and Afghanistan, this book is a great resource for children and their families. Based on the author’s and illustrator’s personal experience, this book offers insights, reassurance and hope for children when their worlds have been changed by a mother or father’s injury.

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News Release: New Tip Card on Concussion Education in the Student-Athlete’s Neighborhood for Athletic staff and Educators

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This concussion tip card by Phil Hossler provides checklists and practical strategies on educating everyone on the signs and symptoms of concussion in student-athletes with tips for support and accommodations. When any athlete sustains a sports concussion, sensitive, trained and compassionate neighbors are needed to monitor the athlete’s recovery. For student-athletes, this managing team or “neighborhood” includes coaches, athletic trainers, parents, physicians, teachers, school nurses and school psychologists along with concussion specialists.

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News Release: New tip card on Cognition and Compensatory Strategies

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Learning how to adjust and use strategies to compensate for changes in thinking and learning after a traumatic brain injury is a huge challenge for survivors. Authors Flora Hammond, Tami Guerrier and Marilyn Lash give tips on how to use compensatory strategies to help with memory, attention, concentration, mental fatigue, slowed responses, planning, organization, judgment, and safety awareness. Written for adults and veterans with brain injury, it is also useful for families and caregivers in rehabilitation and at home.

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News Release: New Tip Card Helps Service Members and Veterans Explain PTSD to Children

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Authors, Marilyn Lash and Janelle Breese Biagioni, help veterans, parents and professionals recognize and understand the symptoms of a parent’s post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its effects on children in the family. It gives tips on how to support children and help them understand and cope with changes in family dynamics and parental relationships.

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