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Resources – Brain Injury

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Ahead of the game: the parents' guide to youth sports concussion / Scolaro Moser, Rosemarie. -- Hanover, NH: Dartmouth College Press, 2012.
A guide to sports-related concussions, it addresses the inability of mouth guards and helmets to prevent concussions, the impact of head injuries on school performance and emotional behavior, and state concussion laws.
FAM RC 1218 .C45 M67 2012

Children with acquired brain injuries: the transition from hospital to community -- Vancouver, BC: Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, 1999.
FAM RJ 496 .B7 C44

Coping with mild traumatic brain injury: a guide to living with the challenges associated with concussion / brain injury -- New York: Penguin Group, Inc. 1998.
This guide offers clear information on the different types of brain injury, as well as the treatment options available.
FAM RJ 496 .B7 C6 1998

Educating children with acquired brain injury / Walker, Sue -- London, UK: David Fulton Publishers, 2005.
This book should help you to: support students with an ABI by using appropriate teaching methods; be alert to the social and emotional difficulties experienced by pupils with an ABI; work in partnership with families and other professionals following helpful guidelines; and access all the information you need with a glossary of terms and a list of resources and organizations.
FAM RJ 496 .B7 W34 2005

A guide for families of children with an acquired brain injury -- Hamilton: McMaster Children's Hospital, 2002.
FAM RJ 496 .B7 G84

Head and brain injuries / Landau, Elaine -- Berkeley Hights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, Inc. 2002.
This book explores the history of brain injuries and addresses the consequences that can follow a severe head injury, treatment, recovery and rehabilitation
FAM RJ 496 .B7 L364 2002

Head cases: stories of brain injury and its aftermath / Mason, Michael Paul -- New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.
This book takes readers into the dark side of the brain in an astonishing sequence of stories, at once true and strange, from the world of brain damage. When injured, the brain must figure out how to heal itself, reorganizing its physiology in order to do the job. The author gives us a series of vivid glimpses
into brain science, the last frontier of medicine.
FAM RJ 496 .B7 M377 2008

I'll carry the fork! recovering a life after brain injury / Swanson, Kara L -- Scotts Valley, CA: Rising Star Press, 1999.
Written with laugh-out-loud humor, candor, and technical input from medical and legal professionals, "I'll Carry the Fork!" offers inspiration and practical help to anyone dealing with the aftermath of brain injury.
FAM RJ 496 .B7 S93 1999

Le jeune neurotraumatisé: soutenir le cheminement émotif et l'adaptation familiale / Poitras-Martin, Danielle. -- Montréal: Éditions du CHU Sainte-Justine, 2014.
Une atteinte au cerveau ou à la moelle éinière chez un enfant ou un adolescent entraîne une brèche dans son développement, une profonde blessure à l'âme et un important bouleversement familial. Dans un tourbillon d'émotions, un processus d'adaptation à une nouvelle réalité s'amorce. Il comporte des limites à apprivoiser et des potentiels à découvrir et à exploiter.
FAM RJ 496 .B7 P68 2014

Journey through brain trauma: a mother's story of her daughter's recovery / Morningstar, Louise Ray -- Dallas, TX: Taylor Publishing Co. 1997.
This is the Story of a mother's devotion and determination throughout her daughter's long and difficult recovery from brain trauma. It offers inspiration and hope for victims of head injuries and their families.
FAM RJ 496 .B7 M6 1997

Kids, sports, and concussion: a guide for coaches and parents [2nd ed.] / Meehan III, William P. -- Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2018.
This book provides a comprehensive summary of sport-related concussion for parents, coaches, and athletes that considers the physics and biology behind the injury, identifies what can be done to reduce the risk of its occurrence, and describes how to properly respond to a suspected concussion.
FAM RC 1218 .C45 M44 2018

Living with brain injury / Fairclough, Philip L -- London, UK: Jessica Kingsley, 2005.
On November 7th 1994, Philip Fairclough fell fifteen feet from a ladder onto a concrete patio. The impact caused massive trauma to his head and the subsequent brain damage he suffered has radically changed his life. At first unable to dress himself, cross roads on his own or tell the time, Philip underwent an intensive course of rehabilitation and occupational therapy, which slowly restored many of the lost skills that he had once taken for granted. His account tells of the hurdles he faced and overcame while in residence at a rehabilitation centre, the difficulties of readapting to family life, and finally the emergence of his new vocation as a writer.
FAM RJ 496 .B7 F34 2005

Traumatic brain injury in children and adolescents: assessment & intervention / Semrud- Clikeman, Margaret -- New York: The Guilford Press, 2001.
The return to school following traumatic brain injury (TBI) is fraught with challenges for children and adolescents, their families, and school professionals. This volume provides the practical knowledge needed to understand the neuropsychological problems associated with TBI and facilitate students' reintegration into the regular or special education classroom.
FAM RJ 496 .B7 S458 2001

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Resource List for Kids and Teens

L'accident de Hugo: l'équipe de neurotraumatologie de l’Hôpital Sainte-Justine -- Montréal: Hôpital Sainte-Justine, 2005.
Ce livre se veut un outil pour vous aider à aborder avec votre enfant  traumatisme crânien. Il peut être simplement lu et raconté comme une histoire bien que ce ne soit pas une histoire banale pour vous. Nous souhaitons également que le livre aide votre enfant à partager avec vous ce qu'il vit et ce qu'il ressent à mettre des mots sur sa réalité et à retrouver ses points de repère afin de se situer et d'évoluer.
FAM RJ 496 .B7 A23 2005

The journey toward recovery: youth with brain injury / Esherick, Joan -- Broomall, PA: Mason Cress Publishers, 2004.
This is a story about Jerome, a teen with a brain injury. It discusses different forms of brain injury and how these injuries affect people's lives. Appropriate for ages 10 to 15 years.
FAM RJ 496 .B7 E83 2004

Karing Kids: a book by kids, for kids about head injury -- Ottawa: Head Injury Association.
This book was written by children who have a parent who has suffered a brain injury. It is intended for teachers to understand what these children are experiencing at home, professionals who work in hospitals with families of people with head injuries and friends of children who have a parent with a
head injury.
FAM RJ 496 .B7 K2

Understanding acquired brain injury / Quigley, Columba; deLoache, Shawn. -- New York: Medikidz USA, 2018.
In graphic novel format, the Medikidz, superheroes from the planet Mediland, help Tamara and Jessica understand acquired brain injury.
FAM RJ 496 .B7 Q54 2018

Understanding concussion / Maxwell, Kimberley; deLoache, Shawn. -- New York: Medikidz USA, Inc., 2018.
In graphic novel format, the Medikidz, superheroes from the planet Mediland, help Mark and Melanie understand concussions.
FAM RJ 496 .B7 M39 2018

Understanding your brain / Treays, Rebecca -- London, UK: Usborne Publishing, 1996.
A collection of activities designed to help children explore the parts and functions of the brain. Appropriate for ages 6 to 10 years.
FAM QP 376 .T68

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Web Sites

Concussions – CHEO / Les commotions cérébrales - CHEO

Ontario Brain Injury Association – All about Brain Injury and PTSD

Traumatic Brain Injury – MedlinePlus from the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Kids Health – For Kids, Teens and Parents from the Nemours Foundation

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Traumatic Brain Injury - The Mayo Clinic

Brain Injury Canada

Traumatisme craniocérébral – Trauma Québec – Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal

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How to fit a bike helmet – CHEOvideos

Post Concussion Treatment - CHEOvideos


Hockey Canada Concussion Awareness for Kids
● Hockey Canada
● English and French / anglais et français
● Free / gratuit
● Last updated/ Dernière mise-à-jour March 2018 mars
● The Hockey Canada Concussion Awareness app is a great tool for parents, coaches, trainers, players, administrators, and anyone interested in learning about the prevention, recognition, and response to a concussion, including responsible return-to-play protocol. The app also includes information for young players, and the Puckster Star Challenge game for kids. / L’appli de sensibilisation aux commotions de HC est un bel outil pour les parents, entraîneurs, soigneurs, joueurs, administrateurs et ceux voulant en apprendre sur la prévention et l’identification d’une commotion et la réaction à celle-ci, incluant un protocole de retour au jeu. Elle comprend aussi de l’information pour les jeunes joueurs et le Défi des étoiles de Rondelle pour les enfants.
● Available from / Disponible depuis Google Play & iTunes

Concussion Ed
● Parachute Canada
● English
● Free
● Last updated October 2018
● Concussion Ed is a tool to prevent, recognize, and manage concussions. Working with your doctor’s medical advice, Concussion Ed provides a method to track signs and symptoms of concussion, following a diagnosis, enabling the user to track symptom duration and severity. Concussion Ed pairs proven scientific research with fun, engaging material to ensure the information is accessible to everyone, whether you are an athlete, parent, educator or coach.
● Available from Google Play & iTunes

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Local Contacts

Brain Injury Association of the Ottawa Valley
300-211 Bronson Ave.
Ottawa, ON  K1R 6H5

This guide provides medical material for information purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your physician. The information may not always apply to your individual situation.

The guide represents material available in the Family Resource Library collection at CHEO. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Your local public library may also be able to provide valuable information.

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Last updated: November 2018
Links tested: November 2018

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