This is the first book of its kind to include the personal accounts of people who have survived injury to the brain, along with professional therapists' reports of their progress through rehabilitation. The paintings and stories of survivors combine with experts' discussions of the theory and practice of brain injury rehabilitation to illustrate the ups and downs that survivors encounter in their journey from pre-injury status to insult and post-injury rehabilitation.
Wilson, Winegardner and Ashworth's focus on the survivors' perspective shows how rehabilitation is an interactive process between people with brain injury, health care staff, and others, and gives the survivors the chance to tell their own stories of life before their injury, the nature of the insult, their early treatment, and subsequent rehabilitation.
Presenting practical approaches to help survivors of brain injury achieve functionally relevant and meaningful goals,Life After Brain Injury: Survivors' Storieswill help all those working in rehabilitation understand the principles involved in holistic brain injury rehabilitation and how these principles, combined with theory and models, translate into clinical practice.
This book will be of great interest to anyone who wishes to extend their knowledge of the latest theories and practices involved in making life more manageable for people who have suffered damage to the brain.Life After Brain Injury: Survivors' Storieswill also be essential for clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, and anybody dealing with acquired brain injury whether they be a survivor of a brain injury themselves, a relative, a friend or a carer.
About the Authors:
Barbara A. Wilson is a neuropsychologist and founder of the Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. She has worked in brain injury rehabilitation for over 35 years and has published 18 books, 270 journal articles and chapters and 8 neuropsychological tests. Among her many awards she has an OBE and two lifetime achievement awards. She is the editor of the journal "Neuropsychological Rehabilitation" and has a rehabilitation centre in Ecuador named after her.
Jill Winegardner is a clinical neuropsychologist with 30 years experience in brain injury assessment and rehabilitation. She has worked in a range of settings including acute inpatient, acute and post-acute rehabilitation, residential rehabilitation and outpatient care. She is currently Lead Clinical Psychologist at the Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation in Ely, UK. Her clinical and research interests include neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation and programme design and evaluation.
Fiona Ashworth is a clinical psychologist with over 10 years experience working with people with acquired brain injury. Since completing her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Oxford, she has worked for five years at the Oliver Zangwill Centre for neuropsychological rehabilitation. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University. Fiona also continues to work as a Clinical Psychologist at the Evelyn Community Head Injury Service, a project developed by the Oliver Zangwill Centre.