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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!!!

Caregiver Fatigue Is An Ongoing Challenge

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Compassion and empathy are key to good caregiving, and supply can run short when you’re the TBI caregiver every single day. This article covers caregiving tips, along with lots of resources!

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Why Do So Many Survivors Have Sleep Disorders After Brain Injury?

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After a traumatic brain injury, sleep disorders can surface in many different forms, and for many different reasons. People with TBI and PTSD face some similar symptoms, but each has its own distinct differences as well. This article has links to many resources, as well as providing information on its own. We hope that you find it useful and relevant! #lapublish

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Survivors Speak about Recovery and Acceptance

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When a life-changer like TBI occurs, moving forward and acceptance are key parts of rebuilding. This blog post discusses the myth of recovery, rising again, recalculating, family dynamics and more…a great resource with plentiful links to other articles and useful products to help along the way…for survivors, caregivers, and more.

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Drinking Alcohol after Brain injury – Really? Why Not?

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Drinking Alcohol After Brain Injury November 2017 For many, it’s the season to celebrate with alcohol, to party with the holidays coming! How often have you heard that line – or is it an excuse? But you may have also heard comments from friends and family such as, “You get angry when you drink.” “I […]

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BRAIN INJURY JOURNEY BULLETIN – Journaling

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In 2004, Barbara Stahura discovered how truly restorative and therapeutic journaling is – after a hit-and-run driver left her husband, Ken, with a serious traumatic brain injury. She found solace in writing a journal – and found it to be a safe, nonjudgmental place to release her thoughts and feelings, often several times a day. By expressing her fears, panic, questions, anger, and love—she was keeping track of what was happening to Ken and to herself as well. As Ken very slowly returned mostly to his old self, eventually she was able to celebrate more often in her journal. She continues to share approach and techniques to journaling to people seeking to express their feelings and seek resolution to their personal life situations, stress, PTSD, and more.

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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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