Understanding Everybody’s Behavior
After Brain Injury:
Don’t “Don’t!” TM
a book by
Harvey E. Jacobs, PhD
The problem, not the behavior is the problem
Behavior is often one of brain injury’s most perplexing challenges, but not all problems belong to the injured person. Spouses, children, friends, family and bosses, even therapists and caregivers, are equally susceptible! This book helps you understand behavior and how a person’s behavior is affected by other events and circumstances as much as the actual injury. It covers the many different types of people, places, and resources that are involved. Everybody can work together more effectively when behavior is demystified.
Stop Treating the Brain Injured
Don’t “Don’t!” TM is not a “quick fix” that provides 10 magic formulas to change other people’s behavior whether they want to or not! Effective behavior change involves collaboration and coordination by all involved parties. It focuses on helping people succeed instead of stopping people from doing “bad things!”
Problem behaviors usually occur when people don’t have better opportunities to achieve their goals. Find a better solution and the problem is usually resolved. Emphasing do’s over don’ts offers everybody tremendous benefits. For starters, it recognizes the dignity, rights and responsibilities of everybody who is involved. It recognizes each participant as a full and valued person rather than a problem.
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Written for families, caregivers, staff, therapists, and individuals who may experience disability following brain injury with sufficient comprehension skills, Understanding Everybody’s Behavior After Brain Injury Don’t “Don’t!” TM is divided into six sections that:
- Introduce the theme of the book
- Identify pertinent contributing factors to behavior
- Investigate dynamic relationships when working together
- Create focused support plans
- Provide guidance on diverse behavioral teaching and support strategies, and
- Address topical and challenging issues.
The accompanying workbook helps readers apply each chapter’s information to their unique situation and create personalized plans of action. The material is equally useful in advocacy training, staff development and therapeutic sessions.
Additional web materials, soon to be available at this website further enhance learning, support and personal development opportunities.
Table of Contents
Section 1 Introduction
1. Welcome 2. What Is Behavior?
Section 2 Contributions To Behavior
3. The Injured Brain and Behavior 4. Other Injury Related Factors
5. Cognitive Changes 6. Communication and Language
7. Pre-Morbid Factors 8. Effects On Other People
9. Families and Phases of Adaptation 10. Circles Of Support
11. Environment and Context
Section 3 Working Together
12. Positive Supports 13. Person First!
14. Communication and Collaboration 15. Positive Goal Setting-Defining the Canvas
16. Negotiating 17. Identifying Resources
18. Challenges to Collaboration
Section 4 Putting Plans Together
19. Creating a Vision 20. Defining and Measuring Behavior
21. Creating Focused Plans 22. Making It Happen
Section 5 Practical Behavior Strategies
23. Practical Behavioral Strategies
Section 6 Other Special Considerations
24. Special Clinical Considerations: Sex, 25. Seeking Help: Evaluating Professionals,
Drugs, but NO Rock and Roll! Services, Supports and Programs
26. Advocating Wins
A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths;
feels your fears but fortifies your faith;
sees your anxieties but frees your spirit;
recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.
William Arthur Ward
Don't "Don't!"TM is a Trademark of Harvey Earl Jacobs, 2010. All Rights Reserved
Understanding Everybody's Behavior After Brain Injury: Don't "Don't!"TM , Copyrighted 2010, Harvey Earl Jacobs, All Rights Reserved