TBI Helper Resources
By John Hatten, Rehabilitation Counselor, TBI Survivor
Hi again! For this blog I’m going to review some other TBI “helpers”: Brain Train® goes for $129.00 for the “Basic Cognitive Skills” edition: Volume 1, or $249.00 for Volume 3 (Volume 1 and 38 new programs); Happy-neuron.com is priced from $29.95 (3 month) to $259.95 (lifetime membership); Memoryzine®.
Brain Train® is a series of modules that cover a wide variety of cognitive areas and skills. One GREAT thing about Brain Train® is that they have a “Demo Disk” that is only $15.00. The modules address such areas as visual, visual-spatial and verbal memory, as well as many academic areas (like arithmetic, spelling, reading, geography, reasoning and typing skills).
The MemoryZine® includes The Memory Works® self-help programs (CDs aiming toimprove memory with day-to-day memory tasks, cover new ways to remember facts and figures and help to recall names & faces).
I’m sorry to say that I don’t know much about these three companies and their products.
Resources for more help. Here are some resources you may want to check out about TBI. The first is my favorite: the TBIRD: Traumatic Brain Injury Resource Directory. This is my favorite because I had a hand in it: I was the editor and wrote the chapter headings. It’s been replaced by ®the ROBOT (Resource Options for Back On Track), which is a combination book for TBI and Spinal Cord Injury. I have the ROBOT, and it’s good, just not as good as the TBIRD (a bit of family pride here): the TBIRD is specifically for TBI, although the ROBOT has a better all around organization (I hate to say :-D).
Both the TBIRD and ROBOT were designed mostly for much of Northern California: Santa Clara, Alameda, Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Merced, Monterey, Sacramento, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Sonoma and Stanislaus Counties. But both the TBIRD and the ROBOT have many, many national resources. I hope they help you get the services you need.
Other resources include the Database on Traumatic Brain Injury Educational Resources