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The brains of children and adolescents are still developing, so an injury can have both immediate and long-term effects on youths. It is easier to see the visible physical changes that can result from a childhood injury.  But it is the less visible but critically important changes in a child’s cognition – the ability to think and learn – that can affect a studen’ts ability to function in the classroom and learn in school. These blog articles help parents, educators and clinicians understand the unique needs of children and adolescents with TBI.

After Brain Injury: How do YOU survive life

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As moms and dads, we tend to worry about what our kids will be like when they grow up. Are we doing a good job now? Will they appreciate things that we do now, later in life? Am I doing this right? I have people ask me all the time “how do you do it!?” My answer is ‘usually with lots of prayer’… but when it comes down to it… I don’t even know if I AM ‘doing it’. Most days I wonder …

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Why Jeffrey

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When our son, Jeffrey, was born severely brain injured it absolutely rattled our world. We had no indication anything was wrong during the pregnancy. Everything was as it should be. (Utimately, it was a doctor’s error during delivery that was to blame…) Perhaps the greatest challenge to us following Jeffrey’s birth was to learn to stay positive. In the beginning, I remember how often I cried. I sobbed when I saw other kids cooing in strollers. I cried when I saw a parent be too rough with his child in the supermarket. I even cried when I took a bath at night. I just couldn’t imagine how something so dreadful had happened to our little boy. The doctors were never optimistic. We found doctors’ appointments to be extrememly hard to prepare for. We knew the prognosis for our little guy would be far from positive.

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Far Away from TBI

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It happened on a spring night in May – driving home from church with my younger brother and after dropping off my girlfriend after a Wendys’ dinner. It was about 5-10 minutes before I had to be home while someone (the writer of this email) forgot to use the restroom before he quickly rushed out of his girlfriend’s house to hurry, get home, and not be late…

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To Moms and Dads who Live with the Trauma of Brain Injury

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Mother’s Day and Father’s Day offer children (young and old) a time to express appreciation for the unwavering support and love given by their parents. Over the years, I have met fathers and mothers who are supporting a child with a brain injury. Some of the children are under the age of nineteen, while others are adults. The devotion, love, and sense of commitment demonstrated by these caregivers is enormous – in fact, on many occasions, it astounded me.

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Reflections on My Child’s Life

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It has been over three decades since our son Jeffrey was born severely brain injured due to the lack of oxygen. There had been a mistake at the hospital, an oversight by the doctor. In such a short period of time everything in our lives changed so dramatically and nothing would ever be the same.

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How Parents Cope When a Child is Brain Injured

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When my daughter sustained a traumatic brain injury resulting from a car accident, it was like a bomb exploded in our home. Everyone was immediately thrown into an emotional crisis and immersed in a medical emergency. Our lives were changed forever. The journey towards recovery was long, complicated, and uncertain. But we adjusted, helped our child adjust and held the family together.

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Preventing Child Brain Injuries

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Over half a million children are taken to emergency rooms each year as a result of head injuries and, out of those trips to the ER, 7,000 children die as a result of traumatic child brain injury. While the number of children who die of child brain injury annually makes up a small percentage of the nation’s child population, about 30,000 children wind up permanently disabled as a result of their head injuries.

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The Long Haul

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My son Brian, a 20-year-old college sophomore, sustained a brain injury in a car accident in July of 1985. Brian decided to go to the beach at 2 a.m. with a friend, after drinking too many beers and smoking marijuana. In the pre-dawn hours, still miles from Ocean City, he fell asleep at the wheel.

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Teens and Sex after Brain Injury

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Last week, my husband and I went to our first high school football game in our home town. It’s been a long time – I won’t even tell you how long – since either of us have been teenagers. High school sure has changed a lot since our day! We were in culture shock at what passes for the new norms of dress and style – talk about peer pressure!

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Adolescence, Brain Injury, and Sexuality

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The transition from childhood to adolescence is fraught with many physical and emotional changes. It can be a difficult time for the child and parents alike. Most families experience a period of major adjustment to the child’s changing mannerisms, quest for privacy and greater independence. When a child experiences a brain injury, either at a younger age or during this period of transition, it commonly creates many more problems than a child arriving at this age without a brain injury.

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