Learning Disabilities – Brain injury and medical conditions

Brain injury survival kit: 365 tips, tools, & tricks to deal with cognitive function loss.
Cheryle Sullivan. New York: Demos Medical Publishing, 2008.
»The author, a brain injury survivor and physician, has compiled a collection of tips, techniques and shortcuts to help people coping with a brain injury.

Coping with mild traumatic brain injury.
Diane Roberts Stoler & Barbara Albers Hill. New York: Avery, 1998.
»This resource examines the most common physical, mental, and psychological symptoms of brain injury, explains why each occurs, and looks at what can be done about it.

Just ask!: a handbook for instructors of students being treated for mental disorders.
Howard S. Davidson. Calgary, AB: Detselig Enterprises, 1993.
»Written for literacy instructors, coordinators and tutors, this book looks at the effects on learning of mental health problems and their treatment. It suggests strategies for instructors to use. Included are mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders and brain injury disorders.

Life.Support.Music.(DVD)
Eric Daniel Metzgar. New York: Merigold Moving Pictures, 2008.
»This documentary chronicles the rehabilitation of Jason Crigler, a New York city guitarist, who suffered a brain hemorrhage during a concert in August 2004. Despite a dire prognosis, his family initiated an optimistic, intensive course of rehabilitation that challenged the doctors’ ideas of factors that inspire recovery.

The man who forgot how to read.
Howard Engel. Toronto: Harper Perennial, 2008.
»In this memoir, Engel, a successful Canadian mystery novelist, writes about the stroke he suffered that left him unable to read but still able to write. He charts his experience of the stroke and rehabilitation.

Mental sharpening stones: manage the cognitive challenges of Multiple Sclerosis.
Jeffrey N. Gringold. New York: DemosHEALTH, 2009.
»This book offers a number of strategies that have proven successful for meeting cognitive challenges in people with MS.

My stroke of insight: a brain scientist’s personal journey.
Jill Bolte Taylor. Toronto, ON: Plume, 2006.
»On the morning of December 10, 1996, Taylor, a brain scientist, experienced a massive stroke. She observed her own mind completely deteriorate. Now she shares her unique perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery. Watch the TED video at http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight.html

Working with brain injured adult students: a handbook for instructors.
Janice McLeod. Prince George, BC :College of New Caledonia, (n.d.).
»This handbook provides information about the effects of brain injuries (cognitive, psychosocial, emotional), and offers strategies to assist adult education instructors.

Your brain after chemo: a practical guide to lifting the fog and getting back your focus.
Dan Silverman & Idelle Davidson. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Lifelong, 2009.
»After chemotherapy, people may experience problems with memory, concentration, multitasking, and word retrieval. This book offers strategies to improve memory and focus, and a nine-step program to help keep your brain sharp.