Brain and Healing by William Jarvis

ALL TBI SURVIVORS AND CARE GIVERS NEED TO KNOW that improvement is possible, even years later. It always amazes me the amount of healing that can take place in the...

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Can I be Objective and Have Empathy after my Brain Injury?

One thing that has confused me since my TBI is empathy. I want everyone to have it and forgive me when I'm rude, forgetful, and overwhelmed. More than anything, I...

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Magic as Therapy after Brain Injury

Being disabled is not fun! A car collision for me in 2000 resulted in a coma, fractured C1-C4 vertebrae, a Traumatic Brain Injury, and one and a half years...

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Why Bother with Families after Brain Injury?

Writing for families gets little support or recognition in clinical and academic circles. It’s time to rethink biases and disincentives that leave families uninformed and searching for information about brain...

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Finding Purpose In Being a Brain Injury Survivor by Mike Heikes

The autobiography of Brain Injury Survivor and five time cross country charity bicyclist Mike Heikes. Mike formed "helmets For Kids", giving away thousands of free helmets. It tells how Mike...

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The Grip of Anniversaries

As I write this, the calendar says July 5, 2013, but my mind is pulled back to July 5, 1998. That’s because my husband Alan suffered the massive heart attack...

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Janet Cromer Interviewed on Brain Injury Radio

This week I had the pleasure of being a guest of Kim Justus, host of the Recovery Now show, on Brain Injury Radio. Kim is a brain injury survivor and...

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Head Injury: Where the Rubber Meets the Road by Ron Harnett

My wheelbarrow tire suddenly goes flat. With the spring thaw, dirt and debris to be loaded on and carted around, not good timing. What to do? What turns out is a...

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Hi God, it’s me, David – After My Brain Injury! by David Grant

Since my accident, I’ve taken up an interest in nuclear physics. That alone is a bit of an oddity. Most of your Kids don’t realize that all the matter that...

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The Near Normal after Brain Injury

Four years ago, I survived two Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries, one from a car accident in which I was broadsided while idling at a stoplight. My driver’s side and curtain...

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Brain and Healing by William Jarvis

ALL TBI SURVIVORS AND CARE GIVERS NEED TO KNOW that improvement is possible, even years later. It always amazes me the amount of healing that can take place in the...

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Physical Changes after Brain Injury: FAQs

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A traumatic or acquired brain injury can cause changes in physical abilities such as walking, balance, coordination, and strength. This article discusses how physical therapy, a home exercise program and conditioning can improve physical skills after TBI. Personal examples explain how physical changes can affect daily life and give suggestions for coping and improvements.

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Treatment for Brain Injury: FAQs

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Treatment for traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury, blast injury, PTSD or concussion can involve many specialists for medical care and rehabilitation. Professional disciplines and titles can be confusing for families, survivors and caregivers. This article briefly explains the training and roles of a physiatrist, psychiatrist, psychologist, neuropsychologist, and counselor.

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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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After Brain Injury: Telling Your Story

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This 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.

After her husband, Ken Willingham, sustained a traumatic brain injury in 2003, she created a journaling workshop for people with brain injury and began co-facilitating it with Susan B. Schuster. Those workshops were the basis for After Brain Injury: Telling Your Story.

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Diagnosis of Brain Injury: FAQs

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Common questions about traumatic and acquired brain injury are answered in user friendly language for families, survivors and caregivers. Explains common terms of closed head injury, penetrating head injury, concussion, skull fracture, shaken baby syndrome, and second impact syndrome. Lists various consequences of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and gives examples of other types of acquired brain injuries.

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Managing Challenging Behavior after Brain Injury

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Identification and treatment of behavior challenges after acquired brain injury (ABI) have included behavioral modification programs, medications to control abnormal behaviors, token economies, and social reinforcement. Despite the widespread recognition of behavioral issues, today few resources exist for crisis hospitalization and treatment by mental health programs.

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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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Optimal Recovery after Brain Injury: FAQs

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As a survivor of a brain injury and a family member, John Richards and Marjorie Crigler discuss the meaning of recovery, the importance of family support, and give tips for rebuilding life after brain trauma. They tackle the tough questions of how families can help the survivor, whether faith makes a difference, what to expect when the survivor comes home, and how to figure out what’s next. They identify the intangible ingredients to brain injury recovery that can make a difference to the survivor and family.

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Communication in Children after Brain Injury: FAQs

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Changes in a child’s communication skills after traumatic brain injury often are unnoticed and undiagnosed. As long as the child is speaking, reading and writing, parents and educators often assume that communication has not been affected by a head trauma. This articles answers questions about how a brain injury can affect speech, language and communication in children. It alerts parents and educators for signs and symptoms at home and in the classroom.

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