Lost and Found: A survivor's guide

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Lost and Found: A survivor's guide for reconstructing life after brain injury

by Barbara 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.

Based on the author's experience as a survivor and as a facilitator of hundreds of support groups, she presents a philosophy and approach for overcoming challenges, envisioning goals, and continuing their healing process.

It is a collection of “brain injury survivor wisdom” that users will be able to apply each day, no matter where they are in their journey of recovery. The workbook comes with a CD to print all forms and worksheet tools.



1. The Other Dimension of Brain Injury Healing
Strategies for Rebuilding Self Confidence
Suggestions for Promoting Emotional Healing
Grieving Process  

10. Get Organised, Start Early
Strategies for Meal Planning, Shopping and Cooking
Meal Planning: Simplify as Much as Possible
Conquering Grocery Shopping!
Cooking: Start Early, Take It One Step at a Time
Helpful Tips
Tool: Meal Ideas
Tool: Master Grocery List
Tool: Sample Grocery Store Map
Tool: Grocery Store Map
2. Preventing Shutdown and Meltdowns
Strategies for Managing Fatigue and Overload
Practical Suggestions
Pacing and Balancing
Managing Stress
Managing Overload and Preventing Meltdowns
Tool: Parenting Tips for School Vacations
11. Saving Your Energy
Strategies for Shopping, Errands and Gift Giving
Helpful Suggestions
Gift Giving – Keeping It Simple
Tool: Memory Jogger List and Plan for Errands
3. Caps, Sunglasses, Ear Plugs
Strategies for Coping with Sensory Hypersensitivities
General Coping Suggestions
Specific Coping Strategies
Visual Processing Problems
Tool: Brain Recharging Breaks
12. Creating Space
Strategies for Conquering Clutter
Tip # 1 Prevent as Much Clutter as You Can
Tip # 2 Try to Handle Things Only Once
Tip # 3 Create Zones
Tip # 4 Help Getting Started
Tip # 5 Deciding What to Keep and What to Let Go of. Ask Yourself
Tip # 6 Maintenance
Tool: Blueprint for Conquering Clutter
Tool: Recommended Documents to Keep
4. More than Writing it Down
Strategies for Improving Memory
Suggestions for Improving Memory Registration
Suggestions for Improving Memory Recall
Tool: Medical History Form
Tool: Frequently Dialed Phone Numbers
Tool: Telephone Log
Tool: Getting Out the Door Checklist
Tool: Memory Jogger List for “To Do's
Tool: Memory Tips and Strategies
13. Starting Over
Strategies for Social Situations
Safety First: Staying Out of Trouble
General Suggestions for Social Situations
Helpful Strategies: Set Yourself Up to Succeed!
Practice Good Listening Skills
Phone Skills: Prepare for the Conversation
Tool: Conversation Evaluator, Speaker
Tool: Conversation Evaluator, Listener
Tool: Creative Problem Solving Example
Tool: Creative Problem Solving Worksheet
“The Four Agreements”
5. A Prosthesis for Your Memory.
Strategies for Setting Up Organizers
Suggestions for Setting up Organizers
Suggestions for Using a Planning Tool Effectively
Cell Phones and Electronic Organizers
14. A Complex And Dangerous Task
Strategies for Driving and Directions
Safe Driving Tips
Tool: Safe Driver Checklist
Tool: Winter Driving Tips
6. Creating Shortcuts for Your Memory
Strategies for Getting Organized and Staying That Way!
Three Basic Tips for Successful Organizing
General Organizing Strategies
Strategies for Organizing paperwork
15. Yes, You Can!
Suggestions for Rebuilding Skills and a Life after Brain Injury!
Managing your Stress
Getting Involved in the Arts
Working with Music
Doing a PhotoVoice Project
Playing “Brain Games”
Other Possibilities
The Rehabilitation Process
Tool: Assets and Strengths
Tool: Star Qualities
Tool: Making Changes
“The Tao of Success”

7. Turning A “Bad Brain Day” Into A “Good Brain Day
Strategies for Improving Cognition
General Suggestions
Pacing and Breaks
Keep Challenging Yourself
Think Progress
Tool: How Are You SMART?
Tool: “The Power of Music

16. PhotoVoice Project Guide
Introduction to PhotoVoice
Doing Your Own PhotoVoice Project
A PhotoVoice Path
Getting Started
PhotoVoice Tips
Photo-Taking Questions
Photo-Taking Tips
PhotoVoice Ethics: Safety and Respect
Photo Discussion Questions
Building on Your Project
Exhibit Options
Photo Consent Form 1
Photo Consent Form 2
8. Start Small, Think Building Blocks
Strategies for Reading and Writing, Tips for Using the Computer
Basic Reading Strategies
Basic Writing Strategies
Tips for Using the Computer
Safety Concerns
Strategies to Consider
17. Tool Chest
Inventory of Tool Templates
CD of Tool Templates (inside back cover)
What Brain Injury Survivors Want You to Know
9. Creating A Memory Friendly System
Strategies for Paying the Bills and Processing the Mail
General Suggestions
Weekly System
Daily System
Tool: Master Bill List



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More Than Writing It Down

Strategies for Improving Memory

“I felt a cleavage in my mind as if my brain had split;

I tried to match it, seam by seam, but could not make them fit.

The thought behind I strove to join unto the thought before,

But sequence ravelled out of reach like balls upon a floor.”

— Emily Dickinson



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  • Model: LFSG
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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 07 May, 2012.