Persisting neurobehavioural disability follows many forms of serious brain injury and acts as a major constraint on social independence. Rehabilitation services are often not organised in a way which addresses the needs of people with such disability, and relatively few professionals have experience in the clinical management of complex disability patterns which comprise the neurobehavioural syndrome.
This book is a compilation of chapters, written by a group of clinicians with experience of post acute brain injury rehabilitation to ameliorate the social handicap experienced by a growing number of people who survive serious brain injury. The aim of the book is to describe the nature of neurobehavioural disability, how it translates into social handicap, and what can be done to address the problems generated by such handicap, through social and behavioural rehabilitation, vocational training, and family education. Consideration is also given to evaluating post-acute rehabilitation methods and selecting the most appropriate form of rehabilitation, both in terms of clinical and cost effectiveness.
The book is aimed at clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and neurologists working in brain injury rehabilitation, plus all the rehabilitation disciplines, and social workers. The book will also be of interest to relatives of brain injured people who are seeking a better knowledge base in order to understand neurobehavioural disability. Additionally, the book should be helpful to the growing number of therapy care assistants, case managers, and support workers, responsible for the day to day care of brain injured people in the community.
The contributors, who are mainly UK-based practitioners, cover a range of highly pertinent topics in a clear and readable format … This book is aimed at all practitioners in brain injury, and would be a valuable resource for students and for other professionals working in the field, for example lawyers, social workers and service managers. - Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Bulletin
A complete and authoritative account of techniques for assessment and rehabilitation for neurobehavioural disability at the start of the 21st century. It is likely to be an invaluable source to practitioners in the field and their students for a good time to come. - John Richardson, Brunel University
Section 1: The Nature and Impact of Neurobehavioural Disability. R Ll. Wood, Understanding Neurobehavioural Disability. P.G. Eames, Distinguishing Neuropsychiatric, Psychiatric and Psychological Consequences of Acquired Brain Injury. B. Willer, P. Flaherty, S. Coallier, Families Living With The Effects of Acquired Brain Injury. G.E. Powell, R.Ll Wood, Assessing the Nature and Extent of Neurobehavioural Disability. D. Lush, Understanding and Assessing 'Capacity'. Section 2: Rehabilitating Neurobehavioural Disability. R.Ll. Wood, A.D. Worthington, Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation: A Conceptual Paradigm. R.Ll. Wood, A.D. Worthington, Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation in Practice. D. Manchester, R.Ll. Wood, Applying Cognitive Therapy in Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation. N. Alderman, Managing Challenging Behaviour. J.J. Evans, Rehabilitation of the Dysexecutive Syndrome. Section 3: Models of Service Delivery. G. Muir-Giles, Effectiveness of Neurorehabilitation. T.M. McMillan, M. Oddy, Service Provision for Social Disability and Handicap After Acquired Brain Injury. J.L. Ponsford, Commentary on McMillan and Oddy from an Austrailian Perspective. D.E. Eazell, Commentary on McMillan and Oddy from an American Perspective. M. Oddy, T.M. McMillan, Future Directions; Brain Injury Services in 2010. Subject Index.
From being an area primarily on the periphery of mainstream behavioural and cognitive science, neuropsychology has developed in recent years into an area of central concern for a range of disciplines.
We are witnessing not only a revolution in the way in which brain-behaviour-cognition relationships are viewed, but also a widening of interest concerning developments in neuropsychology on the part of a range of workers in a variety of fields.
Major advances in brain-imaging techniques and the cognitive modelling of the impairments following brain injury promise a wider understanding of the nature of the representation of cognition and behaviour in the damaged and undamaged brain.
Neuropsychology is now centrally important for those working with brain-damaged people, but the very rate of expansion in the area makes it difficult to keep with findings from the current research.
The aim of the Brain, Behaviour and Cognition series is to publish a wide range of books that present comprehensive and up-to-date overviews of current developments in specific areas of interest.
These books will be of particular interest to those working with the brain-damaged. It is the editors' intention that undergraduates, postgraduates, clinicians and researchers in psychology, speech pathology, and medicine will find this series a useful source of information on important current developments.
The authors and editors of the books in the series are experts in their respective fields, working at the forefront of contemporary research. They have produced texts that are accessible and scholarly. We thank them for their contribution and their hard work in fulfilling the aims of the series.