Brain Mind & Life suggestions

Rehabilitation Manuals

for Families and caregivers


  Brain Injury Rehabilitation   Basic Self-Care   Toilet Training   Transfer Techniques  

We have read and selected for you these four books as effective tools to help brain injured patients.


Since long time, we know that the brain can continue, though in different ways, to re-learn lost functions and skills for years after the damage occurred. Thus the rehabilitation therapy should continue in the home after the patient is discharged from a hospital or other rehabilitation institution. The “CNS Family works!” manuals provide concrete tools of support for families by giving them essential information to teach basics to a relative or patient suffering from limitations after a brain injury.

From the publisher’s note:                                                                                                                                                                                                        Based on interviews with hundreds of brain injury survivors and family members, and over 20 years of specialized traumatic brain injury services, the Centre for Neuro Skills has published a series of instructional manuals aimed at giving families and caregivers the tools needed to continue therapeutic rehabilitation in the home. Each specific manual gives clear, easy-to-follow, step-by-step, illustrated instructions on re-learning specific tasks in the most efficient manner possible, so that survivors can attain the highest level of independence possible and optimise their quality of life.

For further information on the web: Centre for Neuro Skills at

BM&L is not in any way related to Centre for Neuro Skills and has no interest in any commercial initiative. BM&L’s Scientific Committee only considered these manuals as high-level tools to teach basic skills to someone recovering from a brain injury.





From the publisher’s note



Brain Injury Rehabilitation:
Basic Principles & Techniques

This manual covers the three essential ingredients to maximizing the progress of your family member (or person under your care) recovering from acquired brain injury: how to create a supportive learning environment, basic teaching techniques and methods, and how to respond to behavioural, emotional, cognitive and physical problems that may interfere with the re-learning process. 100 pp.


Basic Self-Care:
Dressing, Eating, Toileting, Hygiene, and Grooming Skills

This manual covers techniques and methods which can be used to help a person recovering from an acquired brain injury regain independence at basic self-care skills such as dressing, eating, toileting, hygiene, and grooming. Includes data sheets for evaluating and charting progress, specific teaching procedures, step-by-step instructional methods, task analysis outlines, and a listing of useful adaptive equipment. 176 pp. 100+ illustrations/photos.


Toilet Training:
Bowel & Bladder Continence Training Programs

This manual covers everything you need to know to set up a successful bowel and bladder training program for the person recovering from an acquired brain injury. Topics include low and high intensity training programs, night time training, problem solving, and how to maintain continence. Detailed procedures for preparation, obtaining materials and equipment, teaching continence, and tracking progress are covered in a practical and easy to understand format. 158 pp.


Transfer Techniques:
A Step-By-Step Procedure

This manual covers all the essential techniques for moving a person from one location to another in the safest and most efficient manner possible. Minimum to maximum assistance transfers, two-person transfers, floor lifts, and transfers for special environments such as the bathtub, toilet, recliner, and car are covered in step-by-step photographs and text. 196 pp. 300+ illustrations/photos.