Your brain injured child

What to do about your brain injured childWhat to do About your Brain-Injured Child

What you should do is get a newer book.  This was submitted to ALB from 3 different people and I found a copy locally.  This is such a serious subject and I cannot believe that it is still on the shelves in quite a few public  libraries. Brain injuries and other areas of neuroscience have had quite a bit of progress since this book was published.  Is it me or is the ultra “cheerful” colors and graphics a bit odd?  This one is a slam dunk, folks.  Weed it please!


      1. Why? Is the rainbow not a symbol embraced by gays and lesbians? I don’t think The Beautiful Kind’s post was in the least bit offensive.

      2. Like Meh said, that’s the symbol they use. In fact I think we have a number of “gay teen” books in our library that have that exact same cover art.

    1. Unfortuately I thought the exact same thing when I saw the cover. I get the fact that the rainbow in that context probably didn’t have the same conotations, but still… Plus there is more wrong than that. If I remember right mentally retarded was on it’s way out of medical lingo before this book was published. Plus having ADhD I can’t wrap my head around how being hyper relates to brain injury.

  1. Something about it smacks of a Saturday Night Live sketch to me. Don’t ask me why. Maybe it’s the colors or maybe it’s the ultra-long title. I don’t know.

    1. Exactly! Especially since the construction of the subtitle reads as if one child had all of these conditions simultaneously.

  2. i earned my B.S. in special education in 1990. i distinctly recall my professors stating even from 1986 to 1990 that doman and his partner delcato were fairly disreputable in their scholarship, methods, and conclusions. that’s a long time for such a poor piece of infomration to still be sitting on a lilbrary shelf.

  3. ANY library book that uses outdated, non-People First language -with the possible exception of one addressing historical aspects of disability- is an Awful Library Book, IMO. “Retarded,” “handicapped,” “disabled”: as the “awful” librarians say, “weed it please!”

  4. …that must have been one heck of a brain injury.

    Seriously, though, that book can’t go into very much depth on anything if it’s trying to cover every neurological disorder anyone can think of.

  5. The sheer number of un-politically correct words on the cover almost made me laugh – until I remembered that this is a real book that parents turned to for help. It’s scary to think that someone might be taking it seriously now!

  6. Why does it list all the possible synonyms of ‘brain-injured’? Though I’m not sure what epilepsy and hyperactivity are doing on the list … I’d imagine that information about epilepsy would need to be quite different from information about cerebral palsy, for example.

  7. There’s something about seeing the words “flacid” and “ridgid” describing the same child that just seems so wrong to me.

  8. I must wonder as well. Being hyperactive and midly autistic doesn’t make me brain damaged. Sheesh.

  9. Not so much a book title as it is a list of names my parents would have shouted out to me as a teen in the 1970s when had done something really, really stupid.

    The book cover almost demands that we read the title in a loud, ranting tone. “Brain damaged! Spastic!”

    Yikes. How sad for parents back then if this was the kind of support they had for children that had serious developmental issues.

  10. I can’t believe that existed! Or that it could exist anywhere. “How to denigrate every child ever in one fell swoop” seems like a better title. And to see a proud GLBT symbol like the rainbow in a prior usage….

  11. Yikes, people need to weed that book for sure.

    I know the information about Autism has changed a LOT in the past 5 years, let alone since the 1970’s.

    A book like that could lead to some seriously mislead, upset people. (although honestly there are some books out NOW that have bizarre ideas about Autism)

  12. Um, for all I know, this book is intended to address parents who are exasperated, afraid, and perhaps being insensitive toward their kids.

    Has anyone actually read it, or are we supposed to summarily steal this book from our local libraries for the sake of all humanity based on the title alone?

  13. yeaaaah..I would weed this book out pretty fast. The fact it lists autism under “brain injured” sort of..just stuns me (or maybe I have a bias view with that).
    I cannot belive a library would still carry a book with a title like that

  14. “What to do about???” I’m mildly autistic. My husband has cerebral palsy. As freaks tend to find one another, I have friends in at least five additional categories from that cover. With the exception of my cousin with developmental delays, every single one of us would burn that book in a heartbeat. “What to do about” us, indeed.

    As for “person-first” language, keep in mind that some people with disabilities prefer to claim certain labels which are central to their self-identity and wear them with pride, and find neurotypical people’s insistence on referring to them by person-first nomenclature despite their clearly stated desires to be patronizing, dehumanizing, and “other”ing. Person-first language should be the default, but if someone tells you they want to be called autistic, respect that, please.

  15. @boo: Agreed re: referring to people by the labels which we claim for ourselves, “person-first” or otherwise.

  16. Obviously the vast majority of the people commenting on this book and/or it’s title have never read it. You have no idea even what it is about. It is a tool for parents with children that have been given the “labels” as stated in the title. All of which, essentially mean the same thing based on the guidelines in the book. The institute that the book is based on is still functioning successfully today, and so this book is still very much relevant. Not to mention most parents with a child who is brain injured is probably financially strained, and having this book available at a library is valuable to them. Yes, the rainbow cover sucks, but since when does the cover devalue the book?

  17. I know several people who have made huge strides with their brain-injured children using these methods. I think Amber sums it up best and I would be really sad to know that this book wasn’t available to the public. When your child has a brain injury there really is very little that is hopeful in nature, but this book is.

  18. You can’t judge a book by its cover.
    This is one of my favorite books on the subject of brain injuries because the information contained inside greatly helped my ADD son who also had limbic rage, hyper smelling, hyper hearing and hypo touch problems. I’ve also seen how it’s helped others…. The author started his venture by wanting to know why some children progressed in “healing” and some others did not. This eventually led to studying children worldwide. It’s a fascinating read.

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