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Due to the increasing profile of acquired brain injury, there are more and more high quality books, films and documentaries being made on the subject.

Headway Thames Valley recommends…


The Crash Reel follows Kevin Pearce; training to compete at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Kevin suffered severe traumatic brain injury from a 2009 accident in Park City, Utah. His tight-knit Vermont family flew to his side, and together they began an intensive process of trying to rehabilitate him and help him rebuild his permanently damaged life. ABI Workbook The Brain Injury Workbook by Trevor Powell evolved from working with head-injured groups at Headway, and those attempting to return to work, this is a rich, comprehensive and photocopiable workbook for professionals, carers and those who have suffered brain-injury. It contains more than 140 cognitive rehabilitation exercises – tailored for memory; thinking skills; executive functions; awareness and insight; and emotional adjustment. Louis Theroux: A Different Brain Louis takes a look at the issues that some of the estimated one million people in the UK living with the long-term effects of a brain injury have to deal with. Louis spends time with staff and service users at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust, one of the UK’s largest providers of neuro-behavioural rehabilitation, in an effort to understand how individuals and their families come to terms with this life-changing condition. Parent ABIMy Parent Has A Brain Injury by Jo Johnson, the book is aimed at young people with a brain injured parent and would be useful to those aged from around 11 to early adulthood. It provides clear and accessible information about the human brain and brain injury. The information reassures young people about the wide range of feelings they might be experiencing and provides strategies for coping with these emotions.
coping with memoryCoping With Memory Problems by Barbara Wilson and Linda Clare is a practical guide for people with memory impairments, their relatives, friends and carers. It provides information on how memory works and how it is affected by injury, while also, most importantly, providing sensible, practical strategies for compensating for problems and making the most of the memory we have. My Beautiful Broken Brain is a profoundly personal voyage into the complexity, fragility and wonder of the human brain, after Lotje Sodderland miraculously survives a hemorrhagic stroke and finds herself starting again in an alien world, bereft of language and logic. This documentary takes us on a genre-twisting tale from the devastating consequences of a first-time neurological experiment, through to the extraordinary revelations of her altered sensory perception. head injury practical guideHead Injury: A Practical Guide by Trevor Powell is a popular and bestselling book with the latest information on caring for someone with a head injury. It provides professionals, families and carers with a practical and down-to-earth guide to the hidden psychological, social, behavioural and emotional problems caused by head injury. Written in a jargon-free style, it addresses the medical problems, rehabilitation and adjustment of individuals and families to the realities of life after head injury. Head Games tells the story of American football player and pro-wrestler Chris Nowinski’s quest to uncover the truth about the consequences of sports related head injuries. It includes relevant science on brain trauma, advice on how to better deal with concussions at all levels of sports, and some of the tragic stories from sports such as American football, hockey and football that have now been determined to be due to concussions.