Brain Injury Association of Oregon, Inc.  (BIAOR)
PO Box 549, Molalla OR 97038
Phone: 503.740.3155 or  Outside the local area: 800.544.5243
Fax: 503.961.8730

Mission: "Creating a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education, and advocacy". "

Brain injury Recovery Package-$600.00

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FACT: People who have experienced a brain injury – whether it’s classified as Mild, Moderate, or Severe – often experience multiple functional problems, which may include difficulty concentrating, remembering, organizing, handling emotions, and performing everyday tasks.

FACT: The Brain Injury Recovery Kit* is a patented, innovative 5-step system that provides educational resources, strategies, and tools for the daily challenges unique to brain injury.

The Brain Injury Recovery Kit provides realistic hope and:

Helps develop essential organization skills
Builds confidence and increased independence
Provides strategies and tools for getting through the day
Reinforces 4 Keys to a successful recovery
Positively involves family, friends, and caregivers during the recovery process
Supports the efforts of medical and rehabilitation professionals

BIRK Program
Brought to you by Day-Timers, the Brain Injury Recovery Kit is a unique, patented system invented by Lisa Keller – a creative individual who sustained a brain injury – and her case manager, Sandra Knutson, CRC, CCM, CDMS, a professional specializing in the needs of individuals and their families after brain injury.

The Brain Injury Recovery Kit is a step-by-step approach to recovery that can be tailored to each individual’s needs and can be used at an individual’s own pace

Step 1: Learning about Brain Injury and Recovery


In step 1, the Experiencing Person (the term used for the person who has sustained a brain injury) and his/her family can learn more about brain injury and its implications with a set of informative DVDs. The 3 DVD Set features an intimate, engaging, one-on-one conversation with Lisa Keller, an Experiencing Person. She shares the information and strategies she learned or created to help her return to a meaningful life. The DVDs also provide information from medical experts in the field of brain injury recovery. They explain brain injury in clear, easy-to-understand terms.
3-DVD set
BIRK Step 1

  • The DVDs describe daily challenges for the Experiencing Person, highlight the importance of professional therapeutic care, and address commonly-asked questions and concerns. The DVDs provide a guideline for using the Brain Injury Recovery Kit, as well as tips for approaching each step. Even if the Experiencing Person is not yet able to use the Kit, the family is encouraged to begin the learning process contained in step one.


Step 2 - Learning How to Support an Individual With Brain Injury

In step 2, the Experiencing Person and family members are introduced to the Buddy Book, which provides essential insight into the specific needs of the Experiencing Person and his/her Buddy. The Buddy Book teaches an individual how to be a Buddy. It helps family members better understand the effects of brain injury, the cognitive, physical, behavioral, social, and financial changes that may occur, and ways they can help the Experiencing Person cope with these changes.BIRK Step 2


Also included are easy-to-follow worksheets to help guide the Experiencing Person in establishing their personal recovery goals. In this step, the Experiencing Person learns to begin using the 4 keys to Recovery (Buddy, Rest, Acceptance, and Routine), as well as additional recovery tools.

Buddy Book

  • Comprehensive book helps family members/friends/caregivers guide the Experiencing Person through the recovery process.

Resting Eye Mask

  • Soft, plush eye mask blocks out light, making it easier for the Experiencing Person to rest at critical times throughout the day.

Orange Panic Card & Holder

  • Contains important personal and contact information; can be used by the Experiencing Person when requesting assistance in a stressful or panic situation.

Orange Cord

  • Used as a place holder so that the Experiencing Person remembers what he/she was working on prior to an interruption.

ID Key Chain with Keys to Recovery

  • Large, colorful vinyl keys identify and reinforce the 4 keys to recovery: Buddy, Acceptance, Rest, and Routine.


Step 3 - Understanding the Experience of Brain Injury    


The Experiencing Person’s Workbook is used, with the support of a Buddy, to progress through the 4 keys to Recovery. The Workbook is filled with information and exercises to help the Experiencing Person proceed, at his/her own pace, through the recovery process.

BIRK Step 3

It’s a comprehensive, easy-to-follow Workbook designed to lead the Experiencing Person through the material on the DVDs. Step 3 also introduces additional recovery tools that are used with the Workbook.

Experiencing Person’s Workbook

  • A comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide to help the Experiencing Person proceed, at his/her own pace, through the recovery process. Filled with information and exercises.

Orange Wristbands

  • Act as a reminder/reinforcement of recovery goals.

Orange Locator Wrap (set of 2)

  • Bright orange removable wraps help to identify items (i.e. handbag, luggage).


Step 4 - Learning Routines for Organization

In Step 4, the Experiencing Person learns two essential recovery tools for organization and routine. Using the Day-Timer® personal planner, the Experiencing Person can help improve his/her short-term memory – and boost confidence – because everything is tracked in one concise, highly visible place. The planner supports the 4 keys to Recovery and includes plenty of room for scheduling and planning mealtimes, appointments, medications, and much more…all in one place. Plus, it’s an ideal tool for recording progress and celebrating successes.

The Color-Coding System makes it easier for the Experiencing Person to organize daily tasks by sorting them into categories: Family, Work, Money, Urgent-To Do Next, Ongoing Tasks, Friends … and “I Don’t Know Where This Goes.” It’s a “Who, What, Where, Why, and How” system that supports and reinforces memory, attention, and organization through the use of a color or symbol…all neatly packed in individual labeled pouches.
The Kit comes with an orange planner cover. If you’d like to purchase a black cover separately, please go to the link at the top of this page (“If you need to reorder individual supplies, click here”).
BIRK Step 4


The DVDs, using a clear, simple, step-by-step approach, lead the Experiencing Person through the process of learning to use the Day-Timer planner for recovery.

The Color-Coding System includes color-coordinated folders, labels, markers, and note pads. This unique and useful system works well with the Day-Timer® personal planner and is fully described and taught on the DVDs.

Orange Day-Timer® Planner

  • Includes cover, dated pages, clear vinyl zip pouch, page locator
  • Sturdy, bright orange vinyl cover reminds the Experiencing Person to check on daily goals and is easy to locate.
  • Planner has sections for appointments, to-do’s, journaling, questions for the Buddy or doctor; information is stored in one convenient place.

Six Color-coded Packs in orange, yellow, blue, green, pink, and purple

  • Each pack includes:1 vinyl zip pouch with label, 1 highlighter, 1 file folder, 60 labels, 1 pad of self-stick notes
  • Color-coding system helps to identify and organize items as: Most Important/To Do Next/Urgent, Ongoing Tasks, Family, Money, Friends/Sentimental, and I Don’t Know Where This Goes.


Step 5 - Using Repetition and Reminders

Repetition is one of the most important methods for learning and “remembering.” The Electronic Message Center is an easy-to-use voice recorder that helps the Experiencing Person as they learn to use the kit. It’s ideal for recording vital reminders about essential daily activities or weekly appointments.

The use of this recovery tool is also taught, step-by-step, on the DVDs.

Electronic Message Center
 BIRK Step 5

  • Can be used for leaving messages and setting reminders about appointments and to-do’s.
  • Easy-to-use Message Center features four mailboxes, each with 17 seconds of recording time.
  • Includes alarm and count-down timer.


This can be purchased here: BIAOR STORE


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