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Brain Injury

Educating Children with Acquired Brain Injury. By Sue Walker and Beth Wicks. David Fulton. pound;18

The brain is the root of all learning: it determines our every thought and action and within it resides our character and personality. In explaining the significance of injury to this complex organ, the authors touch on all its functions, and, as a result, the implications of specific losses of capability are less extensively covered.

However, this book does raise the reader's awareness of the need to seek out more detailed information on particular difficulties if appropriate. In the sections that cover the educational management of youngsters with acquired brain injury it is clear that there are significant differences between their needs and those with developmental problems.

Losing cognitive and social skills after they have been mastered is profoundly difficult for children and their families. This book will give them and their schools the insight to provide effective support.

The authors have worked hard to address the medical and educational consequences of brain injury, so this is not an easy read, but it is a very important one for those seeking to support these youngsters.

Bill Goler

Education adviser SENdisability, Kirklees school effectiveness service

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