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Ahead of the Game: the Parents’ Guide to Youth Sports Concussion. Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, $19.95

Sports-related concussions, also known as mild traumatic brain injuries, have become a national epidemic. New research has shown that there is no such thing as a simple “bell-ringer,” and that sending a child back on the field too soon puts his or her physical and emotional health at risk. Yet it is all too easy to miss the warning signs of concussion, or to encourage kids to “walk off” a potentially devastating injury. AHEAD OF THE GAME is the first book to give parents of school-aged athletes the tools they need to keep kids safe on the field, court, diamond, or rink.

AHEAD OF THE GAME clearly lays out the basics of identification, management, and treatment of concussion in kids, and details the vital steps we can take to protect their most vital organ — the brain — before an injury occurs.


The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science. Norman Doidge, $20.00

Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge traveled the country to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they’ve transformed—people whose mental limitations or brain damage were seen as unalterable … Using these marvelous stories to probe mysteries of the body, emotion, love, sex, culture, and education, Dr. Doidge has written an immensely moving, inspiring book that will permanently alter the way we look at our brains, human nature, and human potential.


The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity. Norman Doidge, $24.00

In The Brain That Changes Itself, Norman Doidge described the most important breakthrough in our understanding of the brain in four hundred years: the discovery that the brain can change its own structure and function in response to mental experience — what we call neuroplasticity.

His revolutionary new book shows, for the first time, how the amazing process of neuroplastic healing really works. It describes natural, non-invasive avenues into the brain provided by the forms of energy around us — light, sound, vibration, movement — which pass through our senses and our bodies to awaken the brain’s own healing capacities without producing unpleasant side effects. Doidge explores cases where patients alleviated years of chronic pain or recovered from debilitating strokes or accidents; children on the autistic spectrum or with learning disorders normalizing; symptoms of multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and cerebral palsy radically improved, and other near-miracle recoveries. And we learn how to vastly reduce the risk of dementia with simple approaches anyone can use.

For centuries it was believed that the brain’s complexity prevented recovery from damage or disease. The Brain’s Way of Healing shows that this very sophistication is the source of a unique kind of healing. As he did so lucidly in The Brain That Changes Itself, Doidge uses stories to present cutting-edge science with practical real-world applications, and principles that everyone can apply to improve their brain’s performance and health.

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Can I Tell You about Dementia? A Guide for Family, Friends, and Carers. Jude Welton, $13.95

Meet Jack — an older man with dementia. Jack invites readers to learn about dementia from his perspective, helping them to understand the challenges faced by someone with dementia and the changes it causes to memory, communication and behaviour. He also gives advice on how to help someone with dementia stay as mentally and physically active as possible, keep safe and continue to feel cared for and valued.

With illustrations throughout, this useful book will be an ideal introduction to dementia for anyone from child to adult. It will also guide family, friends and carers in understanding and explaining the condition and could serve as an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.


Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: a Guide to Living with the Challenges Associated with Post Concussion Syndrome and Brain Trauma. Diane Roberts Stoler & Barbara Albers Hill, $19.00

Often presenting itself after a head trauma, concussion — or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) — can cause chronic migraines, depression, memory, and sleep problems that can last for years, referred to as post concussion syndrome (PCS). A comprehensive guide for improving memory, focus, and quality of life in the aftermath of a concussion, COPING WITH CONCUSSION AND MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY is a lifeline for patients, parents, and other caregivers.


Crooked Smile: One Family’s Journey Toward Healing. Lainie Cohen, $24.50

A mother struggles to keep her family together after her eldest son suffers a brain injury in a car crash. Within months, her youngest son becomes involved with drugs and his sister suffers a physical collapse that puts her in a wheelchair. A moving and inspiring memoir written with emotional honesty, filled with hope and celebration for life's small successes.

Lainie Cohen lives in Toronto and has been published in the Globe and Mail, The Canadian Jewish News, and Parchment. All proceeds from the sale of Crooked Smile will go to the Bloorview MacMillan Children's Foundation.

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Daniel’s Music: One Family’s Journey from Tragedy to Empowerment through Faith, Medicine, and the Healing Power of Music. Jerome Preisler, with the Trush Family, $29.95

In 1997, Daniel Trush, a bright, active, outgoing twelve-year-old, collapsed on the basketball court and fell into a deep coma. Rushed to the hospital, he was found to have five previously undetected aneurysms in his brain. One had burst, causing a massive cerebral hemorrhage. While Daniel remained comatose, the uncontrolled pressure inside his skull caused him to suffer multiple strokes. Tests showed that his brain functions had flat-lined, and doctors would soon tell his parents his chances of survival were slim to none—or that he’d likely remain in a vegetative state if he awakened.

But the doctors were wrong.

Thirty days after lapsing into a coma, he would return to consciousness, barely able to blink or smile. Two years later, he took his first extraordinary steps out of a wheelchair. A decade after being sped to the emergency room, Daniel Trush completed the New York Marathon. DANIEL’S MUSIC is the gripping story of Daniel’s recovery against odds experts said were insurmountable; and of an average family turning their personal trials into a force that brings joy, inspiration, and a powerful sense of belonging to all those whose lives they touch.


The Firefly Junior Visual Dictionary. Jean-Claude Corbeil & Ariane Archambault, $26.95

With brief encyclopedic introductions, up-to-date terminology and detailed illustrations, this unique and practical reference allows you to name and describe objects accurately and easily.

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Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath. Michael Paul Mason, $18.95

Head Cases takes us into the dark side of the brain in an astonishing sequence of stories, at once true and strange, from the world of brain damage. Michael Paul Mason is one of an elite group of experts who coordinate care in the complicated aftermath of tragic injuries that can last a lifetime. On the road with Mason, we encounter survivors of brain injuries as they struggle to map and make sense of the new worlds they inhabit.

Underlying each of these survivors’ stories is an exploration of the brain and its mysteries. Mason gives us a series of vivid glimpses into brain science, the last frontier of medicine, and we come away in awe of the miracles of the brain’s workings and astonished at the fragility of the brain and the sense of self, life, and order that resides there.


Islands of Genius: the Bountiful Mind of the Autistic, Acquired and Sudden Savant. Darold Treffert, $27.95

Savant syndrome is a rare condition in which individuals with developmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorders, have one or more areas of expertise, ability, or brilliance — "islands of genius" — that exist in contrast with their overall limitations. In this fascinating book, Dr. Darold Treffert looks at what we know about this remarkable condition, and at new discoveries that raise interesting questions about the hidden brain potential within us all.

Dr. Treffert explores the phenomena of genetic memory — instances in which individuals somehow "know" things they never learned; and sudden genius or "acquired savantism" — where a neuro-typical person unexpectedly and spectacularly develops savant-like abilities following a head injury or stroke. Showing that these phenomena point convincingly towards a reservoir of untapped potential — an inner savant capacity — within us all, he looks both at how savant skills can be nurtured, and how they can help the person who has them, particularly if that person is on the autism spectrum. A central colour section contains the extraordinary artwork of some of the savants who are mentioned in the book.

Islands of Genius will intrigue anyone who has ever wondered what makes the mind of a savant tick, as well as clinicians, parents, teachers, therapists, and others who care for and about, individuals with savant syndrome.


Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Children and Adolescents: From Basic Science to Clinical Management. Michael Kirkwood & Keith Owen Yeates, Editors, $82.50

A cutting-edge synthesis of science and practice, this book covers everything from sports-related concussions to less common types of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and related complications. Preeminent authorities review what is known about mTBI in childhood and adolescence—including its biomechanics, pathophysiology, and neurological and neurobehavioral outcomes—and showcase evidence-based clinical evaluation tools and management strategies. Challenging areas such as evaluating complicated mTBI and treating persistent problems after injury are discussed in detail. Also addressed are forensic issues, injury in very early childhood, and other special-interest topics.

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Music Therapy and Traumatic Brain Injury: a Light on a Dark Night. Simon Gilbertson & David Aldridge, $40.95

Music Therapy and Traumatic Brain Injury demonstrates how music therapy can be used to attend to the holistic, rather than purely functional, needs of people affected by severe head trauma. Divided into three parts, the first section provides an introduction to the effects brain injury has on a person's livelihood. The second is a comprehensive review of available literature on the use of music therapy in the neurorehabilitative setting. The final section examines three case studies designed according to 'therapeutic narrative analysis', an adaptive research method that uses interviewing and video, which focuses on the unique relationship between the professional and the patient.

This book will give clinicians key notes for practice and a vision of the integral role music therapy can have in the successful rehabilitation from brain injury.


My Holly: a Story of a Brother’s Understanding and Acceptance. Julie Leavitt Wolfe, $22.95

This is a story about a young boy named Jack, and the feelings he’s had about his little sister who has special needs due to an infant stroke. Jack sometimes feels sad because he wants his mom and dad to play with him, but they are busy taking Holly to therapy or doctor’s appointments. Jack begins to understand that his parents also try to make sure he knows he’s important and loved, and begins to believe, just like his mom, that one day Holly will be able to do anything she wants!


My Stroke of Insight: a Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey. Jill Bolte Taylor, $18.00

On December 10, 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a 37 year old Harvard-trained neuroscientist, experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. Over the next four hours, Dr. Bolte Taylor observed her mind deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read or recall her life. It would take her eight years to recover.

My Stroke of Insight is a unique and inspiring tale that brings personal experience together with professional understanding. This is a valuable recovery guide for those touched by brain injury and trauma.

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Non-Accidental Head Injury in Young Children: Medical, Legal and Social Responses. Cathy Cobley & Tom Sanders, $39.95

Non-accidental head injury is often referred to as being synonymous with 'shaken baby syndrome' (SBS) – a term which has attracted a great deal of controversy in recent years due to both disagreement about its cause and the reliability of eyewitness testimony. The authors investigate the existing evidence surrounding SBS and its recognition and construction, including medical versus social explanations and the difficulties involved in proving abuse. The authors argue for an examination of non-accidental head injury rather than SBS, as this term encompasses other forms of abuse as well as shaking, and caution against a blind acceptance of medical testimony, arguing that this may impede child protection agencies' ability to assess cases objectively and accurately. They also consider the effectiveness of prevention strategies in reducing the incidence of child abuse cases.

This insightful book will be essential reading for social workers, lawyers, health professionals, and those working with child protection agencies.


Solving Behavior Problems in Autism: Improving Communication with Visual Strategies. Linda Hodgdon, $58.95

Communication and behavior are intertwined. Using visual strategies to improve communication can significantly improve behavior situations. This book is packed with lots of samples and examples of visual tools that have worked for students with autism spectrum disorders and others with moderate to severe communication or behavior challenges — including aphasia, brain injury, processing disorders and more.

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Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel. Jason Padgett with Maureen Seaberg, $29.99

No one sees the world the way Jason Padgett does. Water pours from the faucet in crystalline patterns, each number has a distinct geometric shape, and fractal patterns emerge from the movement of tree branches and the swirl of cream in his coffee, revealing the mathematical patterns hidden in the objects around us. The amazing thing is that Jason wasn’t born this way. Twelve years ago, he was an ordinary guy, a jock who loved to party and had never made it past pre-algebra in high school. One night, a vicious blow to the head in an altercation profoundly and permanently altered the way his brain works. Jason would eventually learn his injury had made him an acquired savant and synesthete, someone whose blended sense perception causes such strange effects as the ability to taste shapes, hear colours and see numbers as geometric objects. Suddenly, Jason saw the world in a completely different way. As the first documented case of acquired savant syndrome with his particular type of mathematical synesthesia, Padgett is a medical marvel.

Struck by Genius recounts how Padgett overcame enormous setbacks and embraced his transformed mind. Along the way he found love, discovered joy in numbers and spent plenty of time having his head examined. His fascinating and inspiring story of the abilities that potentially lie hidden within us all reveals how much we still have to learn about the wondrous potential of the human brain.


Understanding Behaviour in Dementia that Challenges: a Guide to Assessment and Treatment. Ian Andrew James, $29.95

Behaviours that challenge can significantly interfere with the quality of life of a person with dementia, as well as that of those who live with and care for them. Yet there is a great deal of confusion surrounding how such behaviours should be addressed. This book provides theory and practical guidance on the assessment and treatment of behaviours that challenge in dementia. The author describes the different categories and causes of challenging behaviour, and provides tried-and-tested models which will aid identification, assessment and treatment. A thorough evaluation of the use of psychotropic medication is provided, as well as of a wide range of psychological and biopsychosocial interventions.

This will be an invaluable resource for any professional involved in the assessment and treatment of behaviours that challenge in people with dementia, including psychiatrists, psychologists, community psychiatric nurses, GPs and occupational therapists. It will also be of interest to those involved in commissioning, providing and managing services.

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Understanding Facial Recognition Difficulties in Children: Prosopagnosia Management Strategies for Parents and Professionals. Nancy Mindick, $22.95

Can you imagine not being able to recognize those you know if they wore glasses, changed their hairstyle, or perhaps put on a hat? Prosopagnosia is a severe facial recognition disorder that is thought to impact around two per cent of the population. Frequently found in children on the autism spectrum, those with the condition have difficulties distinguishing between one face and the next, meaning that they may not recognize even those who are closest to them.

Nancy Mindick provides parents, teachers, and other professionals with an accessible explanation of the different types, causes, and characteristics of prosopagnosia. Providing an insider's perspective on the condition, she suggests ways to recognize the signs of facial recognition difficulties in children, and offers specific ideas for ensuring that they are properly supported in their learning and social development. The issues of diagnosis and disclosure are explored, and the author offers practical management strategies for helping children to cope with the condition and to navigate the many different social situations they will encounter at home, at school, and in the community.

This book offers specific, practical information for parents, teachers, child psychologists, and anyone else who wishes to support the learning and development of a child with a facial recognition disorder.


Visual Impairment in Children Due to Damage to the Brain. Gordon Dutton & Martin Bax, Editors, $156.00

The increased awareness of cerebral visual impairment in children, combined with improved recognition of its wide ranging manifestations, has led to its recognition as the most common cause of visual impairment in children in the developed world.

This ambitious book links the work of authors from many of the major research teams in this field, who have made significant contributions to the literature on the subject of cerebral visual impairment and provide a structured amalgam of the viewpoints of different specialists.  The book will be of great practical value to those who care for children with visual impairment due to brain injury.


Visual Strategies for Improving Communication: Practical Supports for School and Home, 2nd Edition. Linda Hodgdon, $58.95

This revised and updated edition of this bestseller is the most comprehensive book to explain the use of visual strategies to improve communication for students who experience moderate to severe communication challenges. It is full of easy-to-use techniques and strategies that will help these students participate more effectively in social interactions and life routines.

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The Water Giver: the Story of a Mother, a Son and Their Second Chance. Joan Ryan, $17.00

Both a medical drama and meditation on motherhood, The Water Giver is Joan Ryan's honest account of her doubts and mistakes in raising a learning-disabled son and the story of how his near-fatal accident gave her a second chance as a parent.


When Your Child Has a Disability: the Complete Sourcebook of Daily and Medical Care, 2nd Edition. Mark Batshaw, $31.95

This easy-to-read guide is a proven resource for helping parents meet the demands of raising a child with a disability. You'll get updated, expert advice on a wide range of medical and educational issues as well as detailed coverage of the daily and long-term care requirements of specific disabilities, including brain trauma and illnesses. New to this edition are chapters exploring nutrition, dental care, and the transition to adulthood, as well as information on development and commonly used medications. Answers to frequently asked questions follow the chapters, addressing common parent concerns like sleep, behavior, medication, and potential complications.


Working with Traumatic Brain Injury in Schools: Transition, Assessment, and Intervention. Paul Jantz, Susan Davies & Erin Bigler, $70.95

Every day, children and adolescents worldwide return to the educational setting having sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The possible negative consequences of TBI range from mild to severe and include neurological, cognitive, emotional, social, and behavioral difficulties. Within the school setting, the negative effects of TBI tend to persist or worsen over time, often resulting in academic and social difficulties that require formal and informal educational assistance and support. School psychologists and other educational professionals are well-positioned to help ensure students with TBI receive this assistance and support.

WORKING WITH TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY IN SCHOOLS is a comprehensive practitioner-oriented guide to effective school-based services for students who have experienced a TBI. It is primarily written for school-based professionals who have limited or no neurological or neuropsychological training; however, it contains educational information that is useful to professionals with extensive knowledge in neurology and/or neuropsychology. This book is also written for parents and guardians of students with TBI because of their integral role in the transition, school-based assessment, and school-based intervention processes

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Complete Booklist

Ahead of the Game: the Parents’ Guide to Youth Sports Concussion. Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, $19.95

An Anthropologist on Mars. Oliver Sacks, $22.00

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science. Norman Doidge, $20.00

The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity. Norman Doidge, $24.00

Brainlash: Maximize Your Recovery from Mild Brain Injury. Gail Denton, $32.50

Can I Tell You about Dementia? A Guide for Family, Friends, and Carers. Jude Welton, $13.95

The Cognitive Rehabilitation Workbook, 2nd Edition: a Dynamic Assessment Approach for Adults with Brain Injury. Pamela Dougherty & Mary Vining Radomski, $110.50

Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: a Guide to Living with the Challenges Associated with Post Concussion Syndrome and Brain Trauma. Diane Roberts Stoler & Barbara Albers Hill, $19.00

Coping with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: a Guide to Living with the Problems Associated with Brain Trauma. Diane Stoler & Barbara Albers Hill, $24.00 

Crooked Smile: One Family's Journey Toward Healing. Lainie Cohen, $24.50

Daniel’s Music: One Family’s Journey from Tragedy to Empowerment through Faith, Medicine, and the Healing Power of Music. Jerome Preisler, with the Trush Family, $29.95

The Firefly Junior Visual Dictionary. Jean-Claude Corbeil & Ariane Archambault, $26.95

Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath. Michael Paul Mason, $18.95

Islands of Genius: the Bountiful Mind of the Autistic, Acquired and Sudden Savant. Darold Treffert, $27.95

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. Oliver Sacks, $21.00

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Children and Adolescents: From Basic Science to Clinical Management. Michael Kirkwood & Keith Owen Yeates, Editors, $82.50

Music Therapy and Traumatic Brain Injury: a Light on a Dark Night. Simon Gilbertson & David Aldridge, $40.95

My Holly: a Story of a Brother’s Understanding and Acceptance. Julie Leavitt Wolfe, $22.95

My Stroke of Insight: a Brain Scientist's Personal Journey. Jill Bolte Taylor, $18.00

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Non-Accidental Head Injury in Young Children: Medical, Legal and Social Responses. Cathy Cobley & Tom Sanders, $39.95

Practically Speaking: Language, Literacy, and Academic Development for Students with AAC Needs. Edited by Gloria Soto & Carole Zangari, $44.95

Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood: a Guide for Parents, 2nd Edition. John Freeman et al, $23.50

Solving Behavior Problems in Autism. Linda Hodgdon, $58.95 (includes strategies for aphasia, brain injury, processing disorders and more) 

Stronger After Stroke: Your Roadmap to Recovery. Peter Levine, $25.95

Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel. Jason Padgett with Maureen Seaberg, $29.99

Traumatic Brain Injury in Children and Adolescents: Assessment and Intervention. Margaret Semrud-Clikeman, $44.50

Understanding Behaviour in Dementia that Challenges: a Guide to Assessment and Treatment. Ian Andrew James, $29.95

Understanding Facial Recognition Difficulties in Children: Prosopagnosia Management Strategies for Parents and Professionals. Nancy Mindick, $22.95

Visual Impairment in Children Due to Damage to the Brain. Gordon Dutton & Martin Bax, Editors, $156.00

Visual Strategies for Improving Communication: Practical Supports for School and Home, 2nd Edition. Linda Hodgdon, $58.95

The Water Giver: the Story of a Mother, a Son and Their Second Chance. Joan Ryan, $17.00

When Your Child Has a Disability: a Complete Sourcebook of Daily and Medical Care. Mark Batshaw, $31.95

Where is the Mango Princess? A Journey Back from Brain Injury. Cathy Crimmins, $17.95

Working with Traumatic Brain Injury in Schools: Transition, Assessment, and Intervention. Paul Jantz, Susan Davies & Erin Bigler, $70.95

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