Brain injury books and resources

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The Children’s Trust produces a range of brain injury books and resources aimed at children, young people and their families who have been affected by acquired brain injury (ABI). These resources are available for free via our shop, with just the cost of postage and packaging to be paid.

Me and my Brain – a handbook for teenagers with acquired brain injury

Me and my Brain: a handbook for teenagers affected by acquired brain injury written by The Children's Trust Bullying...  Alcohol...  and over-protective parents. Just a few of the topics covered in Me and my Brain - The Children's Trust's latest addition to its series of brain injury books and resources. Written for teenagers living with brain injury, and covering other vital topics including driving, self-esteem and finding a job, the handbook includes enlightening contributions from teenagers themselves, relating their experiences. As Maria Coyle, Information Manager at The Children's Trust, who is also responsible for the organisation's Brain Injury Hub, explains: “The teenagers involved in the development of the handbook were most important in ensuring that the topics covered and the tone used is relevant and accessible. We would like to say a big thank you to them.” Created with the help of doctors and medical staff, the handbook's 17 sections are user-friendly, complete with a page for notes and an invaluable glossary of specific words and phrases. Readers are assured that "there is no particular way to read this book. You can read it in any way you like and however you find useful". The stories related by young people who have experienced the effects of brain injury - ranging from the impact on friendships and relationships to the therapeutic effect of driving a car, and the joyful fulfilment of an interrupted planned trip overseas, fascinates and moves. Order Me and My Brain

Heads up, Tim-Tron: a glossy picture book to help children understand brain injury

Tim-Tron, a one of many brain injury resources to help children understand acquired brain injury Written for children who’d like to know more about acquired brain injury, Tim-Tron’s story explains ABI by placing it in “a world of mechanical marvels” and is full of practical tips to help children understand the condition. Richard Hammond, Ambassador at The Children’s Trust, has recorded an audiobook version of Tim-Tron which is available for free to download in MP3 format - [direct link to download]. Tim-Tron has been credited with helping children understand what can sometimes be a difficult and challenging concept. “My sister hit her head and she’s always tired – and that’s exactly like Tim Tron," said Paige, the sister of a child staying at The Children’sTrust in 2017, “I like the way the book says the robot has ‘a low battery level’ when he’s tired and Tim Tron had to learn things again, just like my sister.” Order Heads up, Tim-Tron

Our Journey: a resource to support families of children with acquired brain injury

Our Journey: a resource to support families of children with acquired brain injury This resource was designed to give families and carers a place to keep all the important information concerning their child throughout their ABI journey. The practical folder is split into four sections: All about me, Medical information, Preparations for appointments and More information. A pocket card is included for children to carry with them, it explains that the child carrying the card has an acquired brain injury and some the difficulties the difficulties he or she may face. Maggie Clancy, Director of Clinical Services at The Children’s Trust, explains: “Families often tell us that they are constantly repeating themselves when talking to professionals and how they find it difficult to keep their child’s key information together in one place. We hope [Our Journey] will help parents and carers advocate for their child as they receive rehabilitation following a brain injury.” Order Our journey

Acquired brain injury in children: a handbook for parents

Acquired brain injury in children: a handbook for parents This handbook was produced to support all parents and carers of children with ABI, but is useful to friends, family, teachers and indeed anyone who is looking to learn more.In this book, The Children’s Trust shares some of what it’s learned over 30 years of working with families across the UK. Divided into two parts, the first takes a general look at ABI in children and young people with the second more specific to particular stages in the ‘journey’. Acquired brain injury in children: a handbook for parents is currently under review and the latest edition will be available to pre-order soon.

Other brain injury resources

There is a range of resources available online to help those affected by ABI. We've listed a couple of our favourites below.

Brain Injury Hub

The Brain Injury Hub was developed by The Children’s Trust as a way of sharing expertise with parents, teachers and families, in understandable language, following a child or young person’s injury. Visit the Brain Injury Hub


Headway is a registered charity working to improve life after brain injury, providing a range of services for adults in the UK. Find out more about brain injury in adults