Gifts for Persons with Brain Injury
Welcome to my Gift Guide for Persons Living with Brain Injury
I've learned, over decades of having a person with a brain-injury in the family, that some gifts are surprisingly excellent because they offer alternative uses of the pieces.
Jenga's wood blocks can be stacked and used like children's blocks to build a tiny house, or stacked for the game described on the package. They are lightweight and can be used to figure out how many blocks can be held in one hand, for example. Some of these items will become favorites for your family too.
- You can follow directions, ask your recipient to read and follow them, and share the responsibility, and the next time you play just try letting the conversation go wherever it leads.
- At first, just looking at the game or project can be rewarding, leading to a conversation revolving around prior use of similar items.
- As progress occurs, your loved one can be more deeply involved in some of the intricacies of the project. It's a fine idea to talk about each separate part, shape, color, size, and image found on individual pieces or parts of the item.
- That means that even the explanation of the new Super Mario Brothers Wii game can mean exploring the visuals, reading the instructions, planning for installation and connection, in the morning, and the initial exposure to the game in the evening. You'll know how much you can get out of each part of the procedure - just enough to learn and enjoy, and not too much strain. Enjoy!
photo credit: I took the photo. See some artwork by TBI artist and read compelling story My Involvement in TBI rehab.
Pick-up Sticks Are Fun For All Ages
Get Pickup Sticks
The Ultimate Simple Tower Block Game
Wii is Used for Brain Injury Rehab
Engage Yourselves With Story Cubes
Spotlighting a Beautiful Desktop Basketball Set
Get in Some Good Laughter for Colorful Therapy
Sturdy Fullsized Portable Basketball System - get in the game and exercise large muscles
Single 5"' High Easy-grip Shaker Bell
Here's the Best Gift of All for a Person With Limited Mobility
3-Wheeler Builds Confidence and Muscle
All too often persons who suffer disabilities spend long inactive days in family or group homes where staff fail to provide adequate stimulation and exercise, but here is one solution that may increase physical fitness. It works for my son.
The large wheels and the triangular wheel base provide a means of stability that helps to compensate for poor spatial judgment. In my observation, riding an adult trike feels like riding an Adult 3-Wheeler.
Riders can move from here to there, transporting water bottles, athletic equipment, street shoes, or groceries from the car, and find everyday purpose in the activity.
*ensure that an able bodied person accompany any rider with cognitive issues, and provide a stylish helmet too, because even though the cycles have great stability --- they can still tip.
Three Wheel Adult Bike
Sure Savings on I Spy Books
During Vision Therapy following an accident my vision therapist used these books with me. When the eyes are out of whack from a jolting car collision it even affects one's clarity of thinking, and information processing.
Visual processing injuries are interesting. I remember puzzling over how the way I was seeing or mis-seeing the world was altering my perceptions and slowing me down. Because I'm visually oriented anyway the extra effort seeing took was exasperating and it exhausted me. Timed exercises helped to retrain my brain and recover my visual abilities.
They are not toys, but sophisticated visual narratives that work for adults (and kids) at higher levels too. One can test oneself at any moment, by selecting a type of item and counting those illustrated on any page.
These books are top notch. I like them best because of their wonderful photographs of objects that are a delight to look at.
The real fun comes in the interaction with your loved one with TBI, taking turns to "find" objects, and talk about them. Explore this series and you'll add it to your special library. Everyone can enjoy and benefit from them.