- SELF STUDY MODULES
- 1. Intro to TBI
- 2. Communication
- 3. Skills for independence
- 4. Cognitive changes
- 5. Behaviour changes
- 6. Sexuality
- 7. Case management
- 8. Supervising staff
- 9. Mobility & motor control
- 10. Mental health & TBI:
- 11. Mental health problems
and TBI: diagnosis
- 12. Working with Families
after Traumatic Injury:
1.10 Consumer perspectives: People with TBI and their families
i) Jonathan has a TBI (11 mins)
Jonathan has an ABI.
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Watch Jonathan's story on the video.
Answer the questions
What challenges has Jonathan been working on?
ii) Jonathan's Mother & Father - Paper Cranes (3 min 45 sec)
Cheryl Koenig, Paper Cranes, A Mother's Story of Hope, Courage and Determination, An Hourglass book, 2008
Cheryl Koenig's life changed forever the day her 12 year old son Jonathan was involved in a car accident. Jonathan was given very little chance of survival. Now, more than ten years since the accident Jonathan lives a rich and fulfilling life. Paper Cranes draws on the diary Cheryl kept during the rehabilitation process.
This video talks about the writing of Paper Cranes.
iii) A poem
Living with a brain injury
Smell and taste are non-existent, Hearing and balance are affected.
Suicide is hovering with open doors, Depression is constant, Life's beauty has faded.
One doesn't have the safe guiding of survival fear any more. The ability to tell a white lie to resolve or comfort a situation has gone. Truth is said without haste or filtration, It's how it is.
Your family doesn't take your new mind with ease, My family has gone.
Management of money is disastrous, A day by day struggle.
Confidence is small - nearly non-existent. How do I manage a job every day? I wonder and I can't…..
Forgetfulness is daily, Keys are gone, my teeth are greasy and furry, Where's my toothbrush?
My tiredness is now a battle. I used to have so much energy and spirit.
Who do I turn to? I am craving for love.
(“Bernard”, 2000 )