Author of children’s book about ABI wins innovation award

Heads Up, Tim-Tron helps children understand brain injury through the story of a little robot who bumps his head during a football match.

Author Ian Ray received the UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) Award for Innovation for his forthcoming picture book at UKABIF’s Annual Conference on Thursday, 21 November.
James Cracknell presents the UKABIF award to staff at The Children's Trust
Katy James, James Cracknell, Beverley Turner and Ian Ray
The book was completely charitably-funded and created by The Children’s Trust and its editorial manager Ian Ray, who also leads on the Brain Injury Hub. The book places key clinical strategies for children in an engaging world of mechanical marvels and includes Tim-Tron’s encounter with an MRI scanner and his difficult move back to school. Ian consulted with parents, children and clinical staff at The Children’s Trust to ensure the representation of all areas of rehabilitation. He said: "We're absolutely delighted that the book has been recognised in this way, and we're really looking forward to seeing what the verdict is from families themselves!" Heads Up, Tim-Tron is part of a set of three books on brain injury, which include another book aimed at older readers and teenagers and a parents' handbook. The award was presented by Olympic rower James Cracknell OBE and his wife Beverley Turner. The couple gave a moving and articulate account of life after Mr Cracknell's own brain injury during the closing stages of the conference. 
  • Our brain injury publications will be available in the new year from thechildrenstrust.org.uk/books
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