August 2019 - Brain Injury Resources

Disability Resource Library Newsletter

This month, we are highlighting resources in our library that provide the latest in research and treatment for brain injuries. In this issue you will be introduced to materials specifically developed for individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), family members, caregivers, and providers. You can also learn more about our TBI Services team, who are featured as our Child Champions for the month of August.

Take a look at a few of the resources our Disability Resource Library has to offer and, as always, please feel free to reach out to Roger May, the Media Resource Specialist for the Center for Excellence in Disabilities, via email at roger.may@hsc.wvu.edu or by phone at 304-205-6434.

Featured Resources

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The Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Workbook

The Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Workbook

By Douglas J. Mason, PSYD

A blow to the head or the dramatic acceleration and deceleration that occur in a serious car crash can cause a traumatic injury to the brain. At their most serious, these events are critical and life threatening, but even a mild incident can cause problems with memory, communication, and mental focus. What’s worse, this kind of cognitive function loss often causes other psychological symptoms like depression and low self-esteem. Fortunately, there are things anyone can do to recover from a mild traumatic brain injury, get back lost cognitive ability, and restore a healthy frame of mind.

Borrow The Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Workbook from our library.

Management of Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury

Edited by David B. Arciniegas, M.D.,
Nathan D. Zasler, M.D.,
Rodney D. Vanderploeg, Ph.D.,
and Michael S. Jaffee, M.D

Management of Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury is an up-to-the-minute, comprehensive, and useful text designed to support busy physicians, nurses, and mental health professionals working with persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their families. Evidence-informed, concise, and clinically rich, this book will be of enormous value to health care providers grappling with the neurological and mental health consequences of this widespread public health problem.

Borrow Management of Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury from our library.

Big Boss Brain

By Shannon Maxwell, Illustrated by Liza Biggers

Big Boss Brain is an unprecedented look into the often invisible effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) through the eyes of a child. Main character, Cassidy, guides readers on a journey of discovery to learn and answer questions about the physical, cognitive, and emotional/behavioral changes in a loved one following a TBI. Characterized images of Big Boss Brain further reinforce understanding of the brain's function, control, and damage in a manner kids can easily understand. The story captures the reader's attention and imagination, allowing them to believe in the possibilities of life together after traumatic injury. Check out Big Boss Brain from our library.

Traumatic Brain Injury: Rehabilitation for Everyday Adaptive Living

Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation for Everyday Adaptive Living

By Jennie Ponsford, Sue Sloan, and Pamela Snow

Research into the rehabilitation of individuals following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in the past 15 years has resulted in greater understanding of the condition. The second edition of this book provides an updated guide for health professionals working with individuals recovering from TBI.

Its uniquely clinical focus provides both comprehensive background information, and practical strategies for dealing with common problems with thinking, memory, communication, behavior and emotional adjustment in both adults and children. The book addresses a wide range of challenges, from those which begin with impairment of consciousness, to those occurring for many years after injury, and presents strategies for maximizing participation in all aspects of community life. Borrow Traumatic Brain Injury: Rehabilitation for Everyday Adaptive Living from our library.

Tobii PCEYE Go

Tobii reader

The Tobii PCEYE Go is a peripheral eye tracker that enhances computer accessibility with the speech, power, and accuracy of gaze interaction. The device replaces the standard mouse, allowing you to navigate and control a desktop or laptop computer using only your eyes. It runs on standard Windows computers and tablets, allowing you to work with any application that is normally controlled by a standard computer mouse or through touch. Works with Windows 8 or below.

Through our partnership with WVATS, devices such as this are also available on the same library loan site.

Borrow Tobii PCEYE Go now.

Navigation Tips

Self-Advocacy is learning how to speak up for yourself and being able to make your own decisions about your own life. Know your rights and find out who will support you in your journey. To be a good self-advocate, you learn to problem-solve, listen well, and reach out to others when you need help and friendship. The Disability Resource Library has information about becoming an effective self-advocate. Whether you want to improve in advocating for yourself or for another, or want your child to become a strong self-advocate, we can help you get started. Learn more about the Paths For Parents Program.

A Child's Champion

WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities Traumatic Brain Injury TBI

This month's Child's Champion is the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disability's Traumatic Brain Injury Services team. The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Program at the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities is proud to serve as the state's designated lead agency for the coordination of services for West Virginians with TBI. The TBI Program is a collaboration between the state funded Traumatic Brain Injury Services and the federally funded Traumatic Brain Injury Implementation Partnership Grant.

Our TBI staff - social workers and patient navigators - cover all 55 West Virginia counties. Learn who covers your county. Use the drop down or click on the map below to see the service providers available in your county. Learn more about the the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disability's Traumatic Brain Injury Services team.

Do you know someone you'd like to nominate to be featured as a Child's Champion in our monthly newsletter? Please let us know! Contact Roger May, the Media Resource Specialist for the Center for Excellence in Disabilities, via email at roger.may@hsc.wvu.edu or by phone at 304-205-6434.