Research into the rehabilitation of individuals following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in the past 15 years has resulted in greater understanding of the condition. The second edition of this book provides an updated guide for health professionals working with individuals recovering from TBI.
Its uniquely clinical focus provides both comprehensive background information, and practical strategies for dealing with common problems with thinking, memory, communication, behaviour and emotional adjustment in both adults and children. The book addresses a wide range of challenges, from those which begin with impairment of consciousness, to those occurring for many years after injury, and presents strategies for maximising participation in all aspects of community life.
The book will be of use to practising clinicians, students in health disciplines relevant to neurorehabilitation, and also to the families of individuals with traumatic brain injury.
Table of Contents
1. Mechanisms, recovery and sequelae of traumatic brain injury: a foundation for the real approach 2. Assessing and managing impairment of consciousness following traumatic brain injury 3. Assessment of participation, activity and cognition following traumatic brain injury 4. Managing cognitive problems 5. Communication competence following TBI: assessment and management 6. Assessment and management of behaviour problems 7. Returning to the community 8. Dealing with the impact of traumatic brain injury on psychological adjustment and relationships 9. Working with families 10. Traumatic brain injury in children 11. References
Jennie Ponsford is Professor in the School of Psychology and Psychiatry at Monash University, and Director of the Monash-Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre at Epworth Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Over the past 30 years she developed rehabilitation programmes and conducted research investigating outcomes following head injury and evaluating rehabilitative therapies. She has written two books and over 120 journal articles on the subject.
Sue Sloan is an accredited Occupational Therapist and Clinical Neuropsychologist. She has worked in private practice for the past 15 years and provided community rehabilitation services to people with severe acquired brain injury. Sue also provides clinical supervision to students at Latrobe University and Monash University, Australia.
Pamela Snow is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology and Psychiatry at Monash University. She is a psychologist and speech pathologist, and has an extensive clinical and research history in the field of TBI, and a current research focus on language competence in high-risk adolescents.
"Written by internationally known experts in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, this volume provides a comprehensive guide to assessment and treatment that emphasizes practical, real-world approaches to patient and family needs along the continuum of TBI care. With an unusual blend of scholarly reviews of the literature and practical "how-to" advice, illustrated by excellent case examples, this book will be valuable to clinicians and researchers alike." - Tessa Hart, Institute Scientist, Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute, USA
"This second edition of Ponsford, Sloan and Snow’s book builds beautifully on the fabulous first edition. The book is practical and pragmatic. It teaches us how to address the many and varied problems that face people with TBI and their families. The advice offered is theoretically based, informed by the evidence, but very clearly grounded in the authors’ many years of experience of actually using these approaches. If you work in brain injury rehabilitation you will want to read this book." - Jonathan Evans, Professor of Applied Neuropsychology, University of Glasgow, UK
"The second edition of this book is an excellent, thoroughly updated work on the various aspects of TBI. It represents a major step forward for traumatic brain injury rehabilitation in children, adolescents and adults. Moreover, the principles for the assessment and management of the various dysfunctions will serve as a model for the rehabilitation of other aetiologies of brain injury. Overall, the book can be highly recommended to everybody working in the field of rehabilitation." - Josef Zihl, Professor of Neuropsychology, University of Munich, Germany