March 2019 - Traumatic Brain Injury Resources

Disability Resource Library Newsletter

This month's Disability Resource Library newsletter focuses on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) resources. Did you know Brain Injury Awareness Day is March 13? In this issue you will be introduced to resource materials specifically developed for individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), family members, caregivers, and providers. We're also happy for you to meet our March Child's Champion, Tricia Agnello.

Featured Resources

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Children with Traumatic Brain Injury: A Parent's Guide

Children with Traumatic Brain Injury A Parents' Guide

By Lisa Schoenbrodt

When a child sustains a traumatic brain injury, there are often immediate medical and therapeutic needs as well as long-term effects on behavioral, cognitive, and physical skills. [This book] is a comprehensive, must have reference that provides parents with the support and information they need to cope and help their child recover. Borrow Children with Traumatic Brain Injury: A Parent's Guide from our library.

Manual of Traumatic Brain Injury Assessment and Management

By Felise S. Zollman

Now completely revised and updated, Manual of Traumatic Brain Injury: Assessment and Management, Second Edition is a comprehensive evidence-based guide to brain injury diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, delivered in a succinct format designed for targeted access to essential content. Borrow Manual of Traumatic Brain Injury Assessment and Management from our library.

The Fall: A Memoir

By Kathleen S. Bartl

Cover of The Fall A Memoir

THE FALL takes its readers on a journey that could have ended before it began. The human spirit is tested to its limits by the kindness of loved ones and strangers. The creative process used in rebuilding her life takes the author on a journey testing her own self worth, her ability to survive gut wrenching experiences and her reliance on human kindness. THE FALL walks you through a horrible loss that begins a journey to test the unknown. Rebuilding oneself outside the box is a journey worth taking. Borrow The Fall: A Memoir from our library.

Traumatic Brain Injury: Rehabilitation, Treatment, and Case Management

Edited by Mark J. Ashley and David A. Hovda

In the last decade neuroscience has matured at a remarkable pace, shedding a far more exacting light on mechanisms of neurophysiology, pathophysiology of injury, neuroendocrinology, neuro-immunology, neuroplasticity, neuropharmacology and neurodegenerative processes. Individuals with acquired brain injury are treated earlier and now achieve far better recovery than in the past. Borrow Traumatic Brain Injury: Rehabilitation, Treatment, and Case Management from our library.

Rachel's Brain Game

A fun game for kids and families. This game helps better understand a family member with a brain injury and how to cope with all the changes families go through.

Borrow Rachel's Brain Game from our library now.

Central and Rural Appalachian Culture: What Every Social Service Provider Needs to Know to Promote Effectivess

April 17, 2019
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities
410 Neville Street
Beckley, WV 25801

In this course, providers will receive an overview of the central Appalachian region, its history, culture, and values. In addition, we will examine work practices that will build rapport with clients and communities throughout the region. Any social service provider working in rural communities can benefit from this training.

Register for the training. Social work, counseling, psychology and nursing CEUs are available. For more information, call Roger May at 304-205-6434 or email

Navigation Tips

Information shared from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

There are many ways to help reduce the risk of a concussion or other serious brain injury both on and off the sports field, including

  • Make your child's safety your top priority
  • There is no "concussion-proof" helmet
  • Make sure your child uses proper techniques when participating in physical sports
  • Talk to your child about concussion and other serious brain injury

The CDC's full list of prevention tips can be found on their website by clicking here Brain Injury Safety and Prevention.

A Child's Champion

a photo of Tricia Agnello

Meet Tricia Agnello, MA, CCC/SLP, a speech-language pathologist and faculty member in the Department of Communication Disorders at Marshall University, and our March Child's Champion.

Tricia graduated from Marshall University and has worked with children since 1993 in various healthcare and educational settings.

Recently, along with five graduate students, Tricia started a Huntington Reading Fun Literacy Event sponsored by the Scottish Rite Foundation. This event, held monthly at the Cabell County Huntington Library, encourages children to have fun as they participate in literature based activities centered on a chosen book and teaches parents strategies they can share with their children as they read to them at home.

"The children and families I have the privilege of serving inspire me. In our field, we ask kids to do and/or say things that are often very difficult for them. I am blessed to be able to help them communicate more effectively," she shared. Tricia is also inspired by her students. "Their passion for the field and dedication to help children in our community is remarkable," she said. "I remember when I first started working with children, one of my colleagues told me to never give up on kids, no matter their age. That’s a pretty good motto I feel we can all live by, especially in today’s society."