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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

Spotlighting a Beautiful Desktop Basketball Set

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

Enjoying Mobiling on a 3-wheel cycle

Enjoying Mobiling on a 3-wheel cycle

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.

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I Welcome All Your Comments - Happy holidays!

lesliesinclair (author) on February 19, 2014:

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@favored: Thank you. This is the cause of my lifetime.

Fay Favored from USA on February 19, 2014:

Came back to retweet this :)

lesliesinclair (author) on January 13, 2014:

@TreasuresBrenda: Thanks. I picked items that I would enjoy playing with or using with the family, including the one with the injury.

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on January 13, 2014:

A great resource for anyone looking for gifts for people who have experienced a brain injury.

lesliesinclair (author) on December 31, 2013:

@norma-holt: It is sometimes a challenge to find items that provide appropriate challenge and provide great opportunities for stimulating conversation that don't look like we're treating the recipients with kid toys. Their dignity is often sacrificed at the get-go and never retrieved. Thanks for reviewing my selection.

norma-holt on December 31, 2013:

This is a horrible condition for any sufferer and these gifts are quite appropriate.Well done.

lesliesinclair (author) on December 30, 2013:

@RoadMonkey: Yes, I always look for gifts that my adult son can use, have fun with, and that I can use to stimulate memory and conversations.

RoadMonkey on December 30, 2013:

Some great gifts here, many I have never seen before, yet they look like good fun for all.

lesliesinclair (author) on October 16, 2013:

@smine27: Oh yes, the gifts are really for the general population, but because of my close experience with a family member who suffered a massive TBI, I was able to select items that can be especially good for them too. My son usually wins when we play Jenga!

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on October 16, 2013:

This is a great collection of gifts, some that are even perfect for me! Jenga was hard even for me. ;)

Maribel Taleghani Asl from Philippines on May 31, 2013:

Useful suggestions. I appreciate the effort you exerted in elaborating on each item.

Maria Burgess from Las Vegas, Nevada on May 19, 2013:

Love the butterfly items! The instructions you have presented with each of the products are very helpful. Neat lens!

BarbaraCasey on May 04, 2013:

There are so many degrees and variations of brain injury... and you've included quite a range of possibilities. I'd perhaps add a gift subscription to Lumosity for memory boosting.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on April 30, 2013:

This is a good resource. A home spa experience is a good idea.

lesliesinclair (author) on March 03, 2013:

@lisln: I appreciate hearing form you. Thanks for sharing and may you continue to be blessed.

LorLinda from Denver Colorado on March 03, 2013:

Oh I love this lens the guy that is in my life now is a brain injury survivor. I do believe that he is such a blessing and joy we have grown so much together and on top of that he is good with my special needs daughter :) he is a gift. This lens has a lot of gift suggestions that I may not have to go so far to look for in the future hehehe

WriterJanis2 on March 02, 2013:

Excellent gift suggestions.

lesliesinclair (author) on February 16, 2013:

@ChroniclesofaWa: That why, when I saw the beautiful wood set of pick up sticks at the co-op I couldn't resist buying them, and then sewing the bag, for a hostess gift.

ChroniclesofaWa on February 16, 2013:

You reminded me of those pick up sticks which I enjoyed then. :)

lesliesinclair (author) on February 14, 2013:

@RosaMorelli: Yes, these gifts work well, especially if the giver takes advantage of the strengths the player displays to help them in their cognitive growth.

RosaMorelli on February 13, 2013:

Fantastic gift ideas for something that can happen in so many ways - illness, strokes, accidents - really well thought-out. Lots of fun and useful too :)

Takkhis on February 13, 2013:

You have thought about everything! Great lens.

LouisaDembul on December 11, 2012:

These were great gifts for persons with brain injury, as well as the rest of us!

ismeedee on November 30, 2012:

There is so much here to choose from for brain injured people to really have fun over Christmas and after...

neotony on November 23, 2012:

very helpful and useful ideas and just in time to find that perfect gift for someone who has gone through this.

lesliesinclair (author) on November 21, 2012:

@MintySea: Thanks for the comment. Some people are surprised at how even a seriously injured person can respond to appropriate gifts.

anonymous on November 20, 2012:

These are all great selection of gifts to help persons with brain injury get back on the right track.

MintySea on September 26, 2012:

good ideas thanks

lesliesinclair (author) on September 22, 2012:

@karen-stephens: Thanks Karen. We have so many more people with TBI now, and many family members wondering if there's anything they can do.

lesliesinclair (author) on September 22, 2012:

@Virginia Allain: Thanks for the linking. i think many nursing home patients would love to have such stimulation.

lesliesinclair (author) on September 22, 2012:

@SteveKaye: Thanks Steve. It's true that most people with TBI can benefit from our treating them as if they are very capable.

lesliesinclair (author) on September 22, 2012:

@floppypoppygift1: Thanks for the positive feedback. Every brain injury is unique and your dad was lucky to have you.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on September 22, 2012:

Suffering a stroke or brain injury truly does require some serious adjustments. During the two years after the injury it is vital to challenge the brain to take on new tasks.

floppypoppygift1 on September 19, 2012:

My dad was stricken with a brain injury at a young age but he never tired of trying to stay active, play with us kids and think positively. These gifts are all perfect pics! Cheers~cb

SteveKaye on September 19, 2012:

What a wonderful catalog of great ideas. Thank you for publishing this lens. I'm sure many will find this helpful.

Angelina from California on September 07, 2012:

really well done, great gift ideas!

Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on September 03, 2012:

Like vallain, I too think that the Story Cubes would make a great gift for someone with TBI. Angel blessings!

karen-stephens on August 10, 2012:

Thank you for the interesting lens.. what an important topic! And..and inspiration to all who wish to help injured people

savateuse on July 23, 2012:

very interesting lens, thanks!

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on June 17, 2012:

I'm going to link this in with my Gifts for Nursing Home Patients. I particularly like the idea of the Story Cubes.

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