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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.

How does TBI affect Children and Adolescents? by Marilyn Lash, M.S.W. and Ron Savage, Ed.D.

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Does a brain injury affect children differently than adults? Yes, unlike the adult, a child’s brain is still developing right up through adolescence. An injury to the brain interrupts this development. A traumatic brain injury is different than a birth disorder or chronic illness. The age when the child is injured affects recovery as the brain matures. Special education services can help students with TBI learn and progress in school.

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