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Advice needed plz What do you get for a brain damaged persons birthday?

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Its my sons 23rd tomorrow and I just dont know what to get him. A few years ago he was in a car accident and its left him very badly brain damaged although hes slowly getting better, he can smile and … Read More
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suspended9y, 7m agoPosted 9 years, 7 months ago
Its my sons 23rd tomorrow and I just dont know what to get him. A few years ago he was in a car accident and its left him very badly brain damaged although hes slowly getting better, he can smile and has just started putting his thumb up when you ask him to, but recovery is very slow. Last year I got him a stretch homer, this year all Ive got him is a few stress ball type things that light up as Im completely stumped. He doesnt need clothes, cds or dvds, cant read books, and food and jewellerys out. So thought Id ask on here as someone might think of something Ive missed, maybe someone will even be in the same position and be able to give some support/advice as its really hard. Thanks for reading.
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suspended9y, 7m agoPosted 9 years, 7 months ago
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#1
Is there any types of film you could have him watch?

Any particular ones he used to be into? Could help with memory...
#2
How about big duplo blocks, I guess the smaller lego ones might be too small for him but it might get him working his hands and brain again, :thumbsup:
#3
I used to work with a guy who was braindamaged from birth. For birthdays and christmas we would get him lava lamps, and flashing lights. we made his room into a sort of sensory room. the best thing we got him, was a cd player, with lots of different music, to see which he responeded best too. He also really liked bubbles. Early learning centre have a fantastic bubble machine for about a tenner.
#4
What about something visual like a lava lamp or even some fish,they can be relaxing too
banned#5
Sorry jasmin no fantastic ideas, just wanted to wish your son best wishes for his recoveryxxx (maybe a picture of his family in a nice frame)
#6
How about a digital photo frame loaded with pictures of his friends & family, could possibly stimulate his memory..

( hope he`s well soon)

http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/search/?qfind=photo+frame
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Kitten13
I used to work with a guy who was braindamaged from birth. For birthdays and christmas we would get him lava lamps, and flashing lights. we made his room into a sort of sensory room. the best thing we got him, was a cd player, with lots of different music, to see which he responeded best too. He also really liked bubbles. Early learning centre have a fantastic bubble machine for about a tenner.


like kitten i spend time with people with varying disabilities and these suggestions are perfect. another few items i know are popular are those stars that stick to ceilings and glow or slinky links (to slide through their hands)
#8
I did a personal gift for a friend of mine, I got all the photos of all the girlies and put them to cd.using a program i added music she likes, quotes and captions. It was a trip down memory lane. Photos were from school days of us till recent. She was crying with emotion.Maybeyour son would like something like that?
best wishes i hope for a full recovery for him
X
#9
What about a game that's a 'light and sounds' game? Like this one from the 80's: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_(game)

There are loads of things like this in toy shops - and the lights, colours and sounds might help stimulate him.

Whilst I fully appreciate that he's an adult, and so overly 'kiddy' games might not be appropriate, toy shops have lots of toys and games designed to stimulate and encourage learning via play.

Hope this helps, and best wishes to you both
Melissa
#10
i like the digital photo frame suggestion, that sounds great, or how about making a cd of all his old favourites?
all the best you you and your son, clare xxx
#11
I think the digital picture frame is a great idea and I believe some of them will play mp3 as well.

Another idea is the Laserpod (link follows)
http://www.firebox.com/product/958?src_t=cat&src_id=gadgets

and something called Zounds (link follows)
http://www.firebox.com/index.html?dir=firebox&action=search&searchstring=zounds&Submit.x=1&Submit.y=3

I haven't checked whether Firebox are the cheapest for the Laserpod & the Zounds by the way :)

A very Happy Birthday to your son and best wishes to his caring mother :)
suspended#12
thank you all so much for your wonderful ideas, we've already bought him a tv/dvd and cd player for his room, and he has loads of cds and films that he used to watch, and his walls are covered in posters and photos. I bought him abox of soft duplo bricks but to be honest Im not sure the staff have used them with him. We can only visit a few times a week and he can only use them if hes in his chair, as hes able to use one of his arms, albeit shakily, the other seems fixed under his chin, although with a bit of pulling it will move but he doesnt move it by himself. Some of the firebox things seem really good, and I like the idea of lava lamps, it just depends if the staff would turn them on while were not there. The staff are wonderful but its just whether they would think about it as theyre so busy. Hes in Highbank at Bury and theyve done wonders, I cant praise them enough. thanks again for all your advice and good wishes, youve certainly given me a lot of ideas.
#13
Happy birthday to your son Jasmin. I hope he has a wonderful day.

I am sure that the staff will put his lava lamps on for him. Take it from someone who worked in a care home, the staff in them are there for the love of the job, and they will do anything to help have a posotive impact, who knows lava lamps could help him loads. Sounds odd, but light therapy tends to work.
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jasmin49
thank you all so much for your wonderful ideas, we've already bought him a tv/dvd and cd player for his room, and he has loads of cds and films that he used to watch, and his walls are covered in posters and photos. I bought him abox of soft duplo bricks but to be honest Im not sure the staff have used them with him. We can only visit a few times a week and he can only use them if hes in his chair, as hes able to use one of his arms, albeit shakily, the other seems fixed under his chin, although with a bit of pulling it will move but he doesnt move it by himself. Some of the firebox things seem really good, and I like the idea of lava lamps, it just depends if the staff would turn them on while were not there. The staff are wonderful but its just whether they would think about it as theyre so busy. Hes in Highbank at Bury and theyve done wonders, I cant praise them enough. thanks again for all your advice and good wishes, youve certainly given me a lot of ideas.


Hi again Jasmin
to save the staff having to worry too much with anything that plugs in to the mains you could put on a 24 hour timer. These are very cheap nowadays, no more than a few quid. Here's a link to some I found in Argos clearance sale, £3.99 for 3.
http://www.argos.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Search?storeId=10001&langId=-1&q=TIMER&pp=20&c_1=1|cat_8962912|Clearance%20garden,%20DIY%20and%20leisure|9141353

Take care :)

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