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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TBI Concussion in School Athletes: FAQs

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A mild brain injury, often called a concussion, is the most common brain injury in sports. Children and youth are injured every day at school on the playground, in physical education and in team sports. Everyone at school can help by learning to recognize the signs and symptoms of concussion or mild brain injury. This includes parents, teachers, school nurses, coaches, physicians, friends, and classmates. They can provide support at school, in the classroom, on the playing field to help the student recover and avoid another concussion.

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Assessment and Your Child’s Brain Injury: FAQs

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Assessment after traumatic brain injury is not restricted to professionals in hospitals and rehabilitation. Parents know their child before and after a traumatic brain injury better than anyone. Assessment is a method to help parents describe the effects of the brain injury on their child, communicate effectively with medical staff, and discuss educational needs of their child at school. Think of it as putting together a verbal snapshot of your child. Ask yourself, “What are the most important things for this person to know about my child?”

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My New Brain

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While in the US Army in Germany, Lori Williams sustained a severe traumatic brain injury that forced her medical retirement from the military. Not only did she have to adjust to the physical and cognitive changes caused by her injury, she also had to adjust to civilian life back in the states again. Her memoir takes the reader through her cognitive, physical, emotional, and spiritual recovery.

Making the transition to becoming a civilian again involved mourning the loss of her identity as a soldier. Her experience will resonate with service members and veterans today who have been injured.

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Special Education: FAQs

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Children with traumatic brain injury may need special help and support at school to learn in the classroom. The needs of students with TBI change over time so educating a student with a brain injury is complex and challenging. Parents can be effective educational advocates by learning about state and federal laws on special education including the category for traumatic brain injury. Resources for free information on educating students with brain injury and special education laws are identified.

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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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Behavior after Brain Injury in Children: FAQs

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A child’s behavior may change after the brain is injured. Common changes in behavior after a traumatic brain injury include mood swings, withdrawal, emotional lability, temper outbursts, impulsivity, irritability and poor impulse control. These behavior changes can make it difficult for the child to pay attention and learn in the classroom. The child may have fights with friends. Managing these behaviors can be stressful for parents and teachers. By understanding the connection between the behavior and the brain injury, parents and teachers can use strategeis to help children be more productive at home and in school.

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Positive View of Traumatic Brain Injury

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A traumatic brain injury changed the life of Terry Morgan. He went from feeling like a million dollars as pastor of a large church and leading a full active life and career to feeling worthless. The fall that resulted in his brain injury changed his entire life – and that of his family. But as a brain injury survivor, it also resulted in his reevaluating what’s important in life. He now see there is a positive side to brain injury once you survive the physical and emotional trauma and rebuild your life.

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How does TBI affect Children and Adolescents? by Marilyn Lash, M.S.W. and Ron Savage, Ed.D.

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Does a brain injury affect children differently than adults? Yes, unlike the adult, a child’s brain is still developing right up through adolescence. An injury to the brain interrupts this development. A traumatic brain injury is different than a birth disorder or chronic illness. The age when the child is injured affects recovery as the brain matures. Special education services can help students with TBI learn and progress in school.

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