Exploring the use of virtual learning environments in brain injury rehabilitation

07 September 2021

At The Disabilities Trust, we are always on the lookout for innovations that we can use in our work. Sometimes this involves stepping out of the ‘clinic and into the lab to work with researchers and develop these innovations.

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A good night's sleep is not just about beauty: Sleep, the brain and brain injury

06 July 2021

Having a nap on a hot summer day can feel quite refreshing and is likely to be good for our health. As we go into “official” summertime, we look at what research has found about sleep after brain injury.

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Delving into positive growth after brain injury

10 June 2021

In the quest to understand and treat acquired brain injury (ABI), research has often focused on impairments, deficits and loss. However, a number of studies have found positive psychological outcomes following brain injury.

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The Cognitive-Communication Support Needs of Family Members of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Survivors

29 April 2021

Cognitive–communication difficulties (CCD) can arise as a result of TBI. These include difficulties with information processing for example, understanding implied or abstract content; problems with quantity, quality, relevance and cohesion of conversation; and problems with social communication such as difficulty recognising verbal or non-verbal cues.

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What is self-awareness, and what does it have to do with care needs?

09 March 2021

In a study recently published in the British Journal of Social work, a team from The Disabilities Trust explored the relationship between one’s awareness of into their own difficulties, functional outcome following brain injury, risk and need for support.

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Assessing Memory and Attention in Clinical Neuropsychology with the BMIPB-II

27 October 2020

Free webinar Wednesday 18th November 10.00 – 11.30am We are pleased to announce our webinar “Assessing memory and attention in clinical neuropsychology with the BMIPB-II”. The BIRT Memory and Information Processing Battery (BMIPB) is a collection of tests used by Clinical Psychologists and Neuropsychologists to measure the effects of damage to the brain on memory and other cognitive abilities.

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Changing lives through research!

14 August 2020

At the Trust, we not only deliver the very best care to the people we support, we also aim to develop a better understanding of the issues they face and improve their care further by doing research. Research is a crucial part of the service we deliver and helps us understand the best ways to support those in our care.

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"Don't be so hard on yourself!": the importance of self-compassion in brain injury rehabilitation

11 June 2020

It is not uncommon to have feelings of shame when experiencing a negative event. Oddly enough, research has shown that at a time when we might need kindness most, we also tend to treat ourselves less kindly than we would another in the same situation.

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BMIPB revision leads to the development of innovative tasks: A brief update

01 March 2020

Some readers may be aware a revised version of the BIRT Memory and Information Processing Battery (BMIPB), the BMIPB-II, has been published in early 2020. This revision involved the recruitment of a new and larger sample of volunteers. This is to account for changes in the population and avoid the “Flynn effect”; the increase in scores on intelligence as time goes on.

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4 reasons why research is everyone’s business

06 January 2020

1. Research can improve understanding of the needs of the people we support. Research can help better understand the difficulties experienced by the people we support. Understanding people’s needs, together with staff’s expertise, creates “…unparalleled opportunities to translate research questions into studies and research findings into clinical action” (p. 82)[1].

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