Children’s Story Book Tool Kit on Brain Injury and Concussion

Children’s Story Book Tool Kit on Brain Injury and Concussion

Jenny Archibald, B.A., D.C.S., Bob Cluett, Roberta DePompei, Ph.D., Vicki Sue Parker and Susan Beebe, illustrator, Heather Snyder, Ph.D.

Special collection of story books for preschool and elementary school age children explains the effects of concussion and traumatic brain injury by describing changes in thinking and learning, emotions, and behaviors at home and in school. Includes 4 books.

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It's hard for children to understand the effects of a concussion or a more serious traumatic brain injury because they can't see or touch a “broken brain.” Ideal for educators, parents, siblings, therapists and school staff, these story books help children, peers, and students understand the physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral changes that often occur after brain trauma. The Tool Kit includes the following books:

All About Me! - Interactive booklet helps children identify physical, cognitive, and behavioral effects of traumatic brain injury and describe help needed in school through supports and accommodations.

Arnie's MRI - In this children's book about treatment for a concussion, Arnie the armadillo falls off his bicycle. Because he isn't wearing a helmet, he hurts his head and has to have a MRI. The story line and colorful illustrations explain medical procedures and the importance of bicycle safety.

ELVIN The Elephant Who Forgets - Delightful children's book explains how a brain injury affects learning, emotions, and behavior with colorful illustrations of Elvin the elephant who often forgets because of his brain injury.

The Get Well Soon Balloon! Story book helps children understand their emotions and reactions when a parent has a brain injury. Using language for young children, it describes coma, rehabilitation, coming home, and therapy from a child's perspective. It is highly recommended for families of injured veterans and service members.

Pages 4 books
Year Second edition, 2012


Jenny Archibald, B.A., D.C.S.

Some years ago, Jenny was working on a childhood head injury research project in which children had a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scan. This medical procedure can be scary for children because it involves noise, keeping still, and being confined in a close space. Jenny was inspired to write a story that would explain the MRI experience to children in a language they could understand. She hoped this would help them feel more comfortable with the procedure. This became Arnie's story.

The message of Arnie's MRI is bigger than the story itself, because it addresses head injury prevention. The message is: Always wear a helmet for activities such as bicycling, skateboarding, in-line skating, scooting, and other activities that make you go fast.

Bob Cluett

As the survivor of a childhood brain injury, Bob brings a special perspective as CEO of Lash and Associates Publishing/Training Inc. The skills that he developed during his corporate career of over 20 years in communication, marketing, direct mail advertising and sales now focus on publishing information about the consequences of brain injury among children, adolescents and young adults. He is the former Chairman of the Board for the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina.

Roberta DePompei, Ph.D.

As a Professor and Chair of the Audiology and Speech Center at the University of Akron in Ohio, she is an advocate of the needs of youths with brain injuries and their families. Widely published and a national and international presenter, Dr. DePompei specializes in the impact of brain injury upon speech, language and communication.

Vickie Sue Parker

My inspiration for writing The Get Well Soon Balloon came soon after my brain injury. Being a mother of three children, as well as stepmother to two more, I watched as all five tried to cope with the many changes in our lives. Although it took over five years before I had recovered enough, writing The Get Well Soon Balloon is the realization of a dream. I hope that children will read this book and feel less isolated in their new and abruptly changing world.

Heather Snyder, Ph.D.

As a clinical psychologist, she has a special interest in pediatric acquired brain injury and neuropsychological rehabilitation. Her inspiration for Elvin evolved from a clinical research project on pediatric brain injury that was conducted at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She wanted to create an engaging forum for children who sustain a brain injury to enhance their understanding of the emotional and cognitive changes that they may experience


You can preview each book in the Children's Story Book Tool Kits by clicking on the following titles.

All About Me!

Arnie's MRI

ELVIN The Elephant Who Forgets

The Road Ahead: Next Exit Hope

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