August 2020 - Traumatic Brain Injury Resources

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August 2020 - Traumatic Brain Injury Resources

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This month's newsletter topic focuses on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) resources. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a TBI is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. Most TBIs that occur each year are mild, commonly called concussions.

Take a look at a few of the resources our Disability Resource Library provides about TBIs 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 or by phone at 304-205-6434.

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. According to West Virginia Legislative Code, Chapter 9, Article 10 (3) “Traumatic brain injury” means an acquired injury to the brain, including brain injuries caused by anoxia due to near drowning. “Traumatic brain injury” does not include brain dysfunction caused by congenital or degenerative disorders, nor birth trauma.

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Disability Resource Library TBI Resources

Our Disability Resource Libraries (North and South) have a plethora of information and resources about Traumatic Brain Injuries. Following is a list of just some of the resources we can provide:

Big Boss Brain (Shannon Maxwell, illustrated by Liza Biggers)

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The 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. You can borrow Big Boss Brain here.

Traumatic Brain Injury: Rehabilitation, Treatment, and Case Management (Edited by Mark J. Ashley and David A. Hovda)

The fourth edition of this text constitutes a continuation of 20 years of coverage of traumatic brain injury, and broadens the discussion of acquired brain injury. You can borrow Traumatic Brain Injury here.

Over My Head (Claudia L. Osborn)

Locked inside a brain-injured head looking out at a challenging world is the premise of this extraordinary autobiography. An inspiring story of how one woman comes to terms with the loss of her identity and the courageous steps she takes while learning to rebuild her life. You can borrow Over My Head here.

Successfully Surviving a Brain Injury - A Family Guidebook (Gary Prowe)

A brain injury is a devastating, life-altering experience for the patient and the family. Successfully Surviving a Brain Injury answers some of the most common questions in a compassionate and thorough manner. You can borrow Successfully Surviving a Brain Injury here.

Lost & Found (Barbara J. Webster)

Coping with life after brain injury is not easy. This practical and user friendly workbook and guide for survivors and their families is packed with everyday strategies, tips and accommodations to address the cognitive challenges of daily life. You can borrow Lost & Found here.

The Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Workbook (Douglas J. Mason)

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. If you or someone you love has suffered a mild traumatic brain injury, this engaging workbook is a great resource. You can borrow The Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Workbook here.

Turn the Lights On! (Chrisanne Gordon)

A beacon of hope and understanding for anyone who has experienced a mild traumatic brain injury or concussion, and a guide for their loved ones, caregivers, and health care providers who assist with their recovery. You can borrow Turn the Lights On! here.

Children with Traumatic Brain Injury (Edited by Lisa Schoenbrodt)

Children with Traumatic Brain Injury is a comprehensive, must-have reference that provides parents with the support and information they need to help their child recover from a closed-head injury and prevent further incidents. You can borrow Children with Traumatic Brain Injury here.

Manual of Traumatic Brain Injury (Edited by Felise Zollman)

This manual delivers the information you need to successfully manage the full spectrum of issues, medical complications, sequelae, and rehabilitation needs of patients who have sustained any level of brain injury. You can borrow Manual of Traumatic Brain Injury here.

TBI - To Be Injured (Carol Geig)

Those lucky enough to survive a brain injury face many challenges—some more so than others. Whether you’re coping with an injury yourself or have a loved one seeking to discover a new normal, you’ll be informed and inspired by this story of surviving and thriving after a brain injury. You can borrow TBI here.

A Child's Champion

This month's Child's Champion is BrainLine, a national multimedia project offering authoritative information and support to anyone whose life has been affected by brain injury or PTSD: people with brain injuries, their family and friends, and the professionals who work with them.

Every 9 seconds someone in the United States sustains a brain injury. That adds up to 3.5 million people each year. Brain injuries range from mild to moderate to severe. Every injury is different, but when your brain is injured, it can affect everything: your ability to speak, focus, remember, and relate to other people.

BrainLine also provides military-specific information and resources on traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to veterans, service members, and their families. BrainLine seeks to provide a sense of community, a place where people who care about brain injury can go 24 hours a day for information, support, and ideas. You can find out more about BrainLine here.

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 or by phone at 304-205-6434.

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