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BRAIN INJURY JOURNEY BULLETIN is a monthly electronic PUBLICATION that is FREE. Each month it features specific clinical topics written in a practical, easy-to-read format. Each article presents tested and proven therapies, tips, and strategies for clinicians, therapists, educators, and survivors, families, and caregivers to facilitate the recovery process. There are hyperlinks to all of the sources that are cited or quoted.  Click Here to sign up to receive a BULLETIN monthly!!!

BRAIN INJURY JOURNEY BULLETIN – Back to School

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Going back to school, whether you are a child, teen, adult, or veteran can raise new challenges if you have had a brain injury. Students, teachers, and families may have questions about the student’s abilities and teachers’ preparedness. This articles gives tips for addressing challenges in cognition and learning, along with resources for teaching strategies, classroom accommodations, and support.

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BRAIN INJURY JOURNEY BULLETIN “Brain Injury Behavior Aftermath”

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An injury to the brain, especially the frontal lobes behind the forehead, can directly affect behavior. This is the area that controls what are called the “executive skills.” They affect how a person thinks and learns. Cognitive changes in memory, and/or, information processing and/or problem solving can be related factors. Even physical things like loud noises, bright lights, or crowded spaces, can affect behaviors. The bottom line: behavior changes for a reason – an injury to the brain.

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BRAIN INJURY JOURNEY BULLETIN: GRIEF and LOSS

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What can be said about the process of grief after a trauma (TBI, death, etc.)? If anyone ever thought going through grief was easy, let’s stop them in their tracks. What is known – grief is necessary following trauma for the survivor and caregivers, or if death has happened, those still alive.

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BRAIN INJURY JOURNEY BULLETIN: EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS — Critical and Vital to Organization, Prioritizing, and Behaviors

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The brain, when it is functioning at optimum capacity, works in a unified way allowing us to take in information, process it, and act in a purposeful fashion. Purposeful behavior allows us to live safely in our environment, accomplish goals, and succeed to the best of our ability. Although the brain works in a unified way, the control mechanisms are complex systems. One system is executive functions. When they are compromised, there is a failure to organize and prioritize actions and behaviors.

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BRAIN INJURY JOURNEY BULLETIN: “Caregivers – The Visible/Invisible TBI Support Network”

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Living with a brain injury, for the survivor and the caregiver, is a process of exploration. There are no ready-made answers. Instead, caregivers and survivors – you – have to find your path together. During this exploration phase, the common goal is to help the person with the brain injury regain control of his life. All want him to manage his life and shape it to the best of his ability. In other words, the common goal is to help the person with the brain injury regain autonomy.

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BRAIN INJURY JOURNEY BULLETIN: Memory

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WHAT IS MEMORY ANYWAY? Changes in memory are one of the most common symptoms and consequences of brain injury reported by survivors. They can affect everything from the remembering an appointment to the ability to hold a job. The frustration can also be felt by families and caregivers who tire of hearing, “I don’t remember,” and when well-intentioned reminders are ignored. Often memory is explained by two types of losses – short-term and long-term. For example, there is the person who can’t remember what he did yesterday (short-term), but can remember his wedding 30 years ago (long-term).

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