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Free PDF Downloads – Lash and Associates provides free PDF downloads of manuals and booklets with information for survivors, families, caregivers, and clinicians on traumatic brain injury. The authors have given permission for this information to be distributed. Some products were developed with support from federal grants which encourage widespread dissemination through printed and electronic media to reach as wide an audience as possible. Please be sure to acknowledge the title and authors of these products whenever referring to this work in newsletters, articles, handouts and other distribution.

The Astronaut Ballerina After Brain Injury – A Children’s Story

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My story “The Astronaut Ballerina and the Do Not Forget List” is a story aimed at children who have a parent with TBI. The story was written for a class project where we had to create a children’s book describing trauma. I chose TBI because it affects so many people’s lives, and because, in my research, I discovered that there are not very many children’s stories discussing the issues that arise from having a parent with TBI.

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I Have a What? Moderate to Severe TBI

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This manual for survivors of moderate to severe traumatic brain injury of TBI has information about symptoms and recovery. Knowing what to expect after a moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury can help survivors adjust, learn new strategies, find supports and develop coping strategies. Written in large type and clear language, this manual helps individuals with TBI and families understand physical, cognitive, behavioral and emotional changes after brain injury and the recovery process.

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Systematic Approach to Social Work Practice

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This training manual prepares social workers to counsel, support and work with clients with traumatic brain injury and their families in medical, social service and community settings. It contains basic information on traumatic brain injury, head injury and acquired brain injury. A systematic approach to social work practice for clients with TBI covers the contact phase, problem identification, data collection, assessment, case planning, intervention, evaluation, and termination.

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I Have a What? Mild TBI

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Manual for adults and families has information on the symptoms, treatment and recovery after a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussion. Using clear language and explanations, readers learn about the physical, behavioral, cognitive and emotional changes that can occur after a mild brain injury. Tips for recovery help adults cope with the changes and monitor recovery

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Making Connections after Brain Injury

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Social isolation and loss of friends is a common consequence of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Many folks would like to help an individual(s) by becoming a social peer mentor but don’t know how to get started and what’s involved. It means being a friend, a role model and a resource. A social peer mentor needs to know some basic information about TBI. This manual helps anyone who wants to be a social mentor to a person with a TBI get started.

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Is this Normal?

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After traumatic brain injury (TBI), most survivors and caregivers do not know what to expect and are ill-equipped to handle the path which lies ahead. Written by a survivor and his wife, Jason and Susannah Ferguson identify common problems and give helpful tips for success in recovery.

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Picking up the Pieces after TBI

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The entire family is affected when a spouse, parent, child, sibling or grandparent has a traumatic brain injury. This guide answers the questions commonly asked by families immediately after the injury and with the passage of time.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
What Problems May Your Loved One Have After TBI and What Can You Do To Help?
How Long Will These Problems Last?
How Does Brain Injury Affect Family Members?
Ways to Reduce Stress • Will My Family Ever Get Back to Normal?
Where Can You Turn for Help?

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