ASSBI Bookstore

ASSBI is a multidisciplinary society for the Australasian region dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with brain impairment and their families. One of ASSBI’s aims is to provide high quality assessment and treatment resources via ASSBI Resources. Through their online bookstore, ASSBI provides hundreds of books from over 30 different categories relating to brain injury.

To browse and purchase books from the ASSBI Bookstore, click here.

The Risk of Bias in N-of-1 Trials (RoBiNT) Scale: An Expanded Manual for the Critical Appraisal of Single-Case Reports

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The Risk of Bias in N-of-1 Trials (RoBiNT) Scale: An Expanded Manual for the Critical Appraisal of Single-Case Reports
By Robyn Tate, Ulrike Rosenkoetter, Donna Wakim, Linda Sigmundsdottir, Janet Doubleday, Leanne Togher, Skye McDonald and Michael Perdices

Conducting treatment research with groups of patients with brain disorders can be very difficult. It can be hard to find enough people suffering the same problem at the same time in the same place available for treatment. People may have the same problem but differ from each other in important ways making it hard to see group changes.

A flexible solution is to use a single-case experimental study. In this only a very few patients are treated and each individual is carefully monitored to see how they change once treatment commences. While such single-case designs are flexible, they must be conducted rigorously, in order to prevent potential bias influencing results. Often-times, it is actually quite difficult to work out how well the study was conducted because there are so many approaches to single-case research.

The PsycBITE Group has developed the RoBiNT Scale that makes it possible to judge how well a single-case experimental study has been conducted. This scale not only helps readers judge how good a study is, but it also provides clear guidance in how to conduct a good study. The manual provides examples of good, mixed and poor studies, focusing on fifteen different aspects of a study, for example, whether the study used an acceptable design, whether raw data was provided, whether assessments were conducted in a non-biased fashion and how data was analysed.

To purchase the RoBiNT Manual, please contact Robyn Tate: robyn.tate@sydney.edu.au.

Dysphagia Post Trauma

Dysphagia Post Trauma

Dysphagia Post Trauma
By Elizabeth C. Ward and Angela T. Morgan

Dysphagia Post Trauma is a premier book in the Clinical Dysphagia Series. The authors are world renown for their research and clinical insights into the often-challenging patterns of dysphagia caused by a variety of traumatic conditions. This book, like all the books in this series, is written with the practicing clinician in mind. Traumatic brain injury and all other traumatic injuries that influence swallowing are described. The emphasis on evaluation and treatment is described so clearly and thoroughly that a clinician can review relevant chapters and then confidently approach the bedside of even the most complicated patient. This is the one critical swallowing book for those clinicians with traumatically injured men, women, and children on their caseloads.

To Purchase: www.pluralpublishing.com/publication_dpt.htm

A Compendium of Tests, Scales and Questionnaires

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A Compendium of Tests, Scales and Questionnaires
By Robyn L Tate

This Compendium is a comprehensive reference manual containing an extensive selection of instruments developed to measure signs and symptoms commonly encountered in neurological conditions, both progressive and non-progressive. It provides a repository of established instruments, as well as newly-developed scales, and covers all aspects of the functional consequences of acquired brain impairment.

In particular, the text provides a detailed review of approximately 150 specialist instruments for the assessment of people with neurological conditions such as dementia, multiple sclerosis, stroke and traumatic brain injury. Part A presents scales examining body functions, including consciousness and orientation; general and specific cognitive functions; regulation of behaviour, thought, and emotion; and motor-sensory functions. Part B reviews scales of daily living activities and community participation. Part C focuses on contextual factors, specifically environmental issues, and Part D contains multidimensional and quality of life instruments.

Each instrument is described in a stand-alone report using a uniform format. A brief history of the instrument’s development is provided, along with a description of item content and administration/scoring procedures. Psychometric properties are reviewed and a critical commentary is provided. Key references are cited and in most cases the actual scale is included, giving the reader easy access to the instrument. The structure of the book directly maps onto the taxonomy of the influential International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (World Health Organization, 2001), enabling linkage of clinical concepts across health conditions.

The Compendium will be a valuable reference for clinicians, researchers, educators, and graduate students, and a practical resource for those involved in the assessment of people with brain impairment.

To purchase: www.routledge.com/A-Compendium-of-Tests-Scales-and-Questionnaires-The-Practitioners-Guide/Tate/p/book/9781841695617

Rehabilitation for Everyday Adaptive Living, 2nd Edition

Rehabilitation for Everyday Adaptive Living, 2nd Edition

Rehabilitation for Everyday Adaptive Living, 2nd Edition
By Jennie Ponsford, Sue Sloan and Pamela Snow

The past 15 years have seen many developments in the knowledge, research and rehabilitation of individuals following traumatic brain injury (TBI). The second edition of this book provides an updated guide for health professionals working with individuals with such injuries. Its uniquely clinical focus provides both comprehensive background information, and practical strategies for dealing with common problems with thinking, memory, communication, behaviour and emotional adjustment. The book addresses a wide range of challenges, from those which begin with impairment of consciousness, to those occurring for many years after injury, and presents strategies for maximising participation in all aspects of community life, in both adults and children. The book will be of use to practising clinicians, students in health disciplines relevant to neurorehabilitation, and also the families of individuals with traumatic brain injury.

To purchase: www.routledge.com/Traumatic-Brain-Injury-Rehabilitation-for-Everyday-Adaptive-Living-2nd/Ponsford-Sloan-Snow/p/book/9781848720275

Social and Communication Disorders Following Traumatic Brain Injury, 2nd Edition

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Social and Communication Disorders Following Traumatic Brain Injury, 2nd Edition
By Skye McDonald, Leanne Togher and Chris Code

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can seriously disrupt the social and communication skills that are basic requirements for everyday life. It is the loss of these interpersonal skills that can be the most devastating for people with TBI and their families. Although there are many books that focus upon TBI, none focus on communication and communication skills specifically. This book fills this important gap in the literature and provides information ranging from a broad overview of the nature of pathology following TBI and its effects on cognition and behaviour, through to the latest evidence about ways to assess and treat social and communication disorders.

Much has changed in the field of communication disorders and TBI since the first edition of this book was published in 1999. There have been advances in neuroimaging, providing more accurate understanding of how the brain is damaged in TBI and also insights into its repair. There has been a burgeoning interest in social cognition, and advances in how communication is conceptualized, with a particular focus on the role of how context facilitates or impedes communicative ability. Most importantly, much has changed in the arena of rehabilitation. There is now a growing evidence base of treatments aimed at improving communication problems following TBI, new resources for accessing this information and renewed interest in different kinds of methods for demonstrating treatment effects.

Bringing together a range of expert international researchers interested in understanding the nature and treatment of TBI this book covers topics from understanding how the brain damage occurs, how it affects social and communication skills and how these problems might be treated. As such it will be of great interest to clinicians, postgraduate and undergraduate students and researchers in neuropsychology, speech and language pathology.

To purchase: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781848721357/

Self-Identity after Brain Injury

Self Identity after Brain Injury

Self-Identity after Brain Injury
By Tamara Ownsworth

An injury to the brain can affect virtually any aspect of functioning and, at the deepest level, can alter sense of self or the essential qualities that define who we are. In recent years, there has been a growing body of research investigating changes to self in the context of brain injury. Developments in the cognitive and social neurosciences, psychotherapy and neurorehabilitation have together provided a rich perspective on self and identity reformation after brain injury. This book draws upon these theoretical perspectives and research findings to provide a comprehensive account of the impact of brain injury on self-identity.

The second half of this book provides an in-depth review of clinical strategies for assessing changes in self-identity after brain injury, and of rehabilitation approaches for supporting individuals to maintain or re-establish a positive post-injury identity. The book emphasizes a shift in clinical orientation, from a traditional focus on alleviating impairments, to a focus on working collaboratively with people to support them to re-engage in valued activities and find meaning in their lives after brain injury.

Self-Identity after Brain Injury is the first book dedicated to self-identity issues after brain injury which integrates theory and research, and also assessment and intervention strategies. It will be a key resource to support clinicians and researchers working in brain injury rehabilitation, and will be of great interest to researchers and students in clinical psychology, neuropsychology, and allied health disciplines.

To purchase: http://www.psypress.com/books/details/9781848723207/

Developmental Social Neuroscience and Childhood Brain Insult: Theory and Practice

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Developmental Social Neuroscience and Childhood Brain Insult: Theory and Practice
By Vicki Anderson and Miriam H. Beauchamp

Synthesizing cutting-edge knowledge from multiple disciplines, this book explores the impact of acquired brain injury and developmental disabilities on children’s emerging social skills. The editors present an innovative framework for understanding how brain processes interact with social development in both typically developing children and clinical populations. Key issues in assessment are addressed, including ways to measure both social function and brain function using developmentally sound tools. Balancing theoretical and clinical concerns, the book describes promising interventions for promoting children’s adjustment and helping them participate more fully in the social world. Illustrations include six color plates. Self-Identity after Brain Injury is the first book dedicated to self-identity issues after brain injury which integrates theory and research, and also assessment and intervention strategies. It will be a key resource to support clinicians and researchers working in brain injury rehabilitation, and will be of great interest to researchers and students in clinical psychology, neuropsychology, and allied health disciplines.

To purchase: http://www.guilford.com/cgi-bin/cartscript.cgi?page=pr/anderson5.htm