Epilepsy is hard enough for a parent to explain to a child. Epilepsy Action has some fantastic publications to help explain epilepsy. Still, if a child is left with epilepsy following a brain injury, the situation can be even more complicated. How do you explain to a child that they may not be quite the same again?
The Children’s Trust has launched three new books that help parents to support their child following a brain injury.
The first is called Heads Up Tim-Tron. It is a beautifully illustrated children’s book about a little robot who bangs his head. This causes one of Tim-Tron's circuit boards to stop working. He has to discover new routines and ways of doing things in life. It aims to explain brain injury to younger children in a colourful and interesting way.
Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond experienced a brain injury while filming for the show. He has endorsed the books and has also recorded an audio book accompaniment for Heads up Tim-Tron that is free to download.
The Children’s Trust has also launched a new MediKidz book called Acquired Brain Injury – what’s up with Tamara? The Medikidz initiative produces a series of comic books that feature superheroes on a mission to help young people understand illness and medical concepts. They are all set in Mediland – an outerspace planet shaped just like the human body.
Acquired Brain Injury – what’s up with Tamara? follows the real story of a teenager learning about her brain injury with the help of the MediKidz team. The book helps older children understand brain injury and help them manage it.
[There is also a Medikidz book about epilepsy. It is called What’s up with Wendy? Medikidz explain epilepsy]
The final book is a parent’s handbook, full of information to help parents and carers of a child with a brain injury. It is split into two sections. The first gives general information about brain injury. The second provides more specific information for different stages of the ‘journey’ following a brain injury.
The books are available from The Children’s Trust website for just the cost of postage and handling.