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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Students with Traumatic Brain Injury

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Students returning to school with traumatic brain injuries may have a variety of physical, cognitive, behavioral, social and emotional challenges. Recovery of function is typically enhanced through exposure to enriched environments like the education provided at schools. Just as schools promote learning, recovery after a brain injury is a re-learning process. This is why it is important to provide students with brain injuries access to appropriate supports and services by educators.

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Gathering Information When a Student Has a Brain Injury

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When a student has a traumatic brain injury (TBI), teachers, classmates, and school staff need information on how the brain injury has affected the child. Educators, students and parents often aren’t quite sure how to begin. The place to start is with information to help the educational team understand and meet the needs of this student in the classroom.

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Parents and Educators

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Parents know their child best – before and after the brain injury. This checklist for educators lists questions to ask parents to gather information on the physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioral effects of the TBI. These tips help parents and educators communicate more effectively to understand the educational needs of the student.

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Assessment and Your Child’s Brain Injury

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Assessment of cognitive, physical, emotional, and behavioral effects after a child’s brain injury helps case managers, clinicians and educators develop plans for care and services. Assessment is necessary for everything from providing rehabilitation treatment to setting up home health care to developing a financial plan for life long care.

Parents must and should be part of the assessment team as they know their child best – before and after the brain injury. Assessment is the first step in planning treatment and setting goals.

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Traumatic Brain Injury in Students

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If you haven’t already had a child with traumatic brain injury (TBI) in your classes, chances are you will before you end your teaching career. Approximately 1 million children and adolescents receive a head injury each year. Of these injuries, 16,000 – 20,000 will be serious enough to cause lasting effects, and one in 500 will be severe enough to cause hospitalization. If the child’s injury requires hospitalization, it is likely that he or she will require special education services.

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Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation

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John Richards never expected to be a brain injury survivor. As a rehabilitation professional, president of a brain injury residential program, and Board of Directors member of the Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire, he was a well known service provider and advocate for persons with acquired brain injuries. The day he was found unconscious next to his bicycle on the road changed all that.

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Prison Inmates with Brain Injuries

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Update on acquired brain injury among prison inmates describes limited treatment for prisoners with neurological issues and acquired brain injury. Many have unidentified brain injuries and head trauma despite histories of unconsciousness, concussions, hospital admissions and physical trauma or abuse.

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Prisons: A Case Manager’s Experience

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As a volunteer and support group leader in jail and prisons, John Simpson describes unidentified head trauma and TBI, physical abuse, childhood brain injuries, multiple brain injuries and alcohol abuse among prison inmates. As a case manager, he discusses the impact of head trauma on social behavior, alcohol use and troubled relationships.

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Grief after Brain Injury – There’s No Way Around It

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Grieving a loss after a death, catastrophic injury, chronic illness or transitional loss is a hard, long, and difficult process. When a family member survives a traumatic brain injury, there are still losses to grieve as life will not be the same again. Avoiding the emotional pain that comes with grieving can delay and complicate the healing process.

There is no way to the other side of grief except to go through it. Take time to heal – for however long that takes! You are worth it!

Each loss and every aspect of the loss can be a source of pain and must be grieved. Each loss needs to be worked through individually and yes, this takes time.

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Pituitary Hormones

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Pituitary hormone deficiency may result from traumatic brain injury, head trauma or subarachnoid hemorrhage (stroke). Symptoms of hormone deficiency can mimic other effects of traumatic brain injury and delay diagnosis. Physical and psychological effects of hormone deficiency are described.

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