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Once we have successfully learned how to read, it continues to be easy for most of us. But for some people it can be an immense challenge. In developmental dyslexia, the process of learning to read is disrupted, while in alexia – or acquired dyslexia – brain damage can affect reading ability in previously literate adults.


Patients with pure alexia lose the ability to read fluently following injury to areas in the rear part of the left hemisphere of their brain. The curious thing is that they can still walk, talk, think, and even write like they did before their injury. They just can’t read. Not even what they have written themselves.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

An advocacy group is calling for budget funding for early intervention services for acquired brain injury, a condition which can lead to domestic violence.

early intervention services for acquired brain injury

The frontal lobe, which can be affected by acquired brain injury, is involved in regulating how people react to their emotions.

The condition affects the frontal lobe and can cause limited patience as well as aggressive and violent behaviour. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Calls to better support women with acquired brain injuries caused by domestic violence

Domestic violence support workers are calling for greater recognition and help for the hidden number of women suffering from acquired brain injury after being abused.


The number of children in protection in Australia is rising and support groups say that could be a result of an epidemic of undiagnosed acquired brain injury.

They say with better awareness, diagnosis and therapy, women would not have to suffer the loss of their children as a result of domestic violence injuries.


A new study reveals that individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) have significantly more difficulty with gist reasoning than traditional cognitive tests.  Using a unique cognitive assessment developed by researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas, findings published Friday in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology indicate that an individual’s ability to “get the gist or extract the essence of a message” after a TBI more strongly predicts his or her ability to effectively hold a job or maintain a household than previously revealed by traditional cognitive tests alone. The study also further validates the Center for BrainHealth’s gist reasoning assessment as an informative tool capable of estimating a broad range of daily life skills. CLICK HEAR TO READ MORE

Had a Concussion? 11 Tips to Get You Through the Holidays

Have you had a concussion? Here are 11 ways to help you cope with the holidays!

by Diane Roberts Stoler, Ed.D. in The Resilient Brain


Diane Roberts Stoler

Diane Roberts Stoler, Ed.D., is a Neuropsychologist, Board Certified Health Psychologist, Board Certified Sports Psychologist, and Trauma Therapist

with over 35 years experience.

My motto is: There is a Way! ®

11 Helpful Tips to Cope this Holiday Season

1) Plan:

Lists can be extremely helpful when holiday shopping.

2) Organise and allow others to help:

If you do choose to reach out for help,

3) Hypersensitivity:

If lights, sounds, and crowds bother you, do NOT go shopping in stores.

4) Pace Yourself:

First of all, figure out what time of day you function best. It could be in the morning, afternoon, or perhaps night

5) Holiday Treats:

During the holidays, there are so many delicious, sugary foods. It would be best to stay away from sugar altogether, especially if you have had a concussion, but I realise that this is unrealistic.

6) Say No to Alcohol:

Your brain has been injured, and any alcohol, beer, or wine will only heighten your symptoms and can even worsen your injury.

7) Say Yes to Anti-Inflammatory Foods:

With a concussion, your brain is inflamed.

8) Take Time Out:

At holiday events, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, especially if you are suffering from PCS. Give yourself permission to sit in a quiet area if you need to.

9) What to Wear:

Being internally cold is another symptom of a concussion. This is due to the dysregulation of your body’s ability to control its temperature.

10) Grieving:

During this period of the year, it is important not to be alone, especially because the symptoms from your concussion may cause you to feel quite alone because you may feel that they are taking control of your life.

11) Choice of Company:

Of course, since it is the holiday season, you may feel obligated to spend lots of time with family. However, if you have relatives or others who clearly do not understand and only add chaos and emotional strife, then consider spending the holidays without these individuals. If you need to, seek out your local brain injury support group, where you can find comfort in being with people who are dealing with the same symptoms while also wanting to share the spirit of the holidays together.


Holiday Challenges With a Brain Injury

Holiday Challenges With a Brain Injury

We are now in the middle of the holiday season which can challenge those of us with an injured brain.    It is a time when so much more is expected of us than most other times of the year.    We along with our loved ones, friends and caregivers should all remember that it’s best to simplify so we can enjoy things more.     It’s been nearly 9 years since my brain injury and I’m doing much better but I have to remind myself to keep things simple instead of doing  all the things I “should” do, or the things I did before my injury.


Glowing Christmas Tree in Snow

New Brain Living

learning to live with your new brain


The World Focuses on Brain Issues

By Jean Oostrom

   The world is focusing on brain issues that include traumatic brain injury, depression, bipolar, PTSD and a host of other “buzz” words that describe the mental torment people go through just to exist in our world.

   Before brain issues become last week’s news it is important I write about things that I have learned on my journey to “Mental Wellness”.
   I have written often about “the place where the brain has had enough”, and how it is the loneliest, scariest, darkest place that cannot be described in words. It is a place where nothing makes sense. It is a place where my brain seems to choose to think negative thoughts all on its own, with no regard for the truth, compassion or the hurt it is causing.
   That is when My Brain is like a delinquent child who needs discipline. What have I learned to do during these dark times? I have learned to have direct conversations with that delinquent child brain that sound like this: “You are not going to take me to that dark place” or “Not Today” or “Give me a break….Again? or “I can’t handle this today so please just leave me alone”.

   The fancy scientific name for this process is “neuroplasticity” which simply means “I can train my delinquent child brain to think properly, and sit up and take notice, and make it very clear that the delinquent child brain is not in charge.

   Until we train every individual who treats people with brain issues about “neuroplasticity”, then we will continue to read about how creative people have chosen to “leave this world”, and leave us all of with the question “could I have made a difference”.

   I believe that people who struggle to be mentally well can get better, and can train their brains to help them recover.

   We must include in the conversation that people can recover from brain issues. The person dealing with the brain issues must keep searching for a frontline health professional, who truly believes they can recover from brain issues, and don’t give up until they find one. In 2014 we have the scientific tools and conclusive data that can help with recovery from brain issues, so it is really up to the health services to “change the way people think about their recovery from brain issues”.

   No matter how many people write “you are not alone” those words are not strong enough to combat the loneliness that torments people with brain issues, unless someone tells them they can recover.

My call to action: to provide hope that people with brain issues will find better ways to recover, help people with brain issues to learn to “live with their new brains”, and to encourage people with brain issues to keep asking questions until they find someone who will help them recover.

   What is your call to action on the topic of brain issues?

courtesy Brain Injury Association of Canada