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badge2Traumatic Brain Injury FAQs – The causes, symptoms, treatment and recovery of children, adolescents, and adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI) are different. Free articles answer frequently asked questions of families, survivors, caregivers and educators. They provide information on brain trauma and concussion. They describe the effects of TBI on learning, thinking, cognition, behavior, social skills, emotions, speech, language and communication.

Diagnosis of Brain Injury: FAQs

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Common questions about traumatic and acquired brain injury are answered in user friendly language for families, survivors and caregivers. Explains common terms of closed head injury, penetrating head injury, concussion, skull fracture, shaken baby syndrome, and second impact syndrome. Lists various consequences of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and gives examples of other types of acquired brain injuries.

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Optimal Recovery after Brain Injury: FAQs

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As a survivor of a brain injury and a family member, John Richards and Marjorie Crigler discuss the meaning of recovery, the importance of family support, and give tips for rebuilding life after brain trauma. They tackle the tough questions of how families can help the survivor, whether faith makes a difference, what to expect when the survivor comes home, and how to figure out what’s next. They identify the intangible ingredients to brain injury recovery that can make a difference to the survivor and family.

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Communication in Children after Brain Injury: FAQs

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Changes in a child’s communication skills after traumatic brain injury often are unnoticed and undiagnosed. As long as the child is speaking, reading and writing, parents and educators often assume that communication has not been affected by a head trauma. This articles answers questions about how a brain injury can affect speech, language and communication in children. It alerts parents and educators for signs and symptoms at home and in the classroom.

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TBI Concussion in School Athletes: FAQs

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A mild brain injury, often called a concussion, is the most common brain injury in sports. Children and youth are injured every day at school on the playground, in physical education and in team sports. Everyone at school can help by learning to recognize the signs and symptoms of concussion or mild brain injury. This includes parents, teachers, school nurses, coaches, physicians, friends, and classmates. They can provide support at school, in the classroom, on the playing field to help the student recover and avoid another concussion.

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Assessment and Your Child’s Brain Injury: FAQs

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Assessment after traumatic brain injury is not restricted to professionals in hospitals and rehabilitation. Parents know their child before and after a traumatic brain injury better than anyone. Assessment is a method to help parents describe the effects of the brain injury on their child, communicate effectively with medical staff, and discuss educational needs of their child at school. Think of it as putting together a verbal snapshot of your child. Ask yourself, “What are the most important things for this person to know about my child?”

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Special Education: FAQs

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Children with traumatic brain injury may need special help and support at school to learn in the classroom. The needs of students with TBI change over time so educating a student with a brain injury is complex and challenging. Parents can be effective educational advocates by learning about state and federal laws on special education including the category for traumatic brain injury. Resources for free information on educating students with brain injury and special education laws are identified.

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Behavior after Brain Injury in Children: FAQs

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A child’s behavior may change after the brain is injured. Common changes in behavior after a traumatic brain injury include mood swings, withdrawal, emotional lability, temper outbursts, impulsivity, irritability and poor impulse control. These behavior changes can make it difficult for the child to pay attention and learn in the classroom. The child may have fights with friends. Managing these behaviors can be stressful for parents and teachers. By understanding the connection between the behavior and the brain injury, parents and teachers can use strategeis to help children be more productive at home and in school.

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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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