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Support for Families of Children with Brain Injury

Support for Families of Children with Brain Injury

Tip cards on emotional support for families of children with brain injury

Brain injury touches everyone in the family. An injury to a child directly affects parents, brothers and sisters. Their questions, fears, and worries can be difficult to answer. These tip cards for families on children with acquired brain injury have information and tips to help families cope during hospital and rehabilitation treatment, communicate with and support siblings, and prepare for the child's return home. Information is also given to prepare families for finding and managing services in the community.

 

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Life after Brain Injury: A guide for families

The emotional trauma that accompanies the physical and medical trauma of a brain injury can affect every member of the family. This tip card describes common feelings and reactions of families during the early stages of the survivorís hospital care, rehabilitation, and return home.
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Helping Brothers and Sisters

Helping brothers and sisters when a sibling has a TBI is important. The needs of siblings for information and emotional support are often overlooked during the crisis of a childís brain injury. This tip card has practical suggestions for families, therapists and educators on preparing brothers and sisters for hospital visits, understanding their emotional reactions and needs for information, and thinking about the future.

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Caregiving after Brain Injury: A survival guide

Caregiving by a family member when a spouse, parent or child has an acquired brain injury can be rewarding and stressful. Few family members are prepared to become caregivers when a parent, spouse, sibling or child has a brain injury. Providing cognitive supervision, emotional support and physical help places caregivers at risk for stress, exhaustion and burnout. This tip card has practical tips for caregivers to prevent feeling overloaded, to develop coping strategies, find support and take care of themselves.

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Emotions: Hope after brain injury

Information on emotions after brain injury helps families recognize the importance of hope as their emotions swing from anger, sadness and fear to joy and gratitude for the survival of the parent, sibling, child or spouse with a TBI. This tip card gives tips to help families understand and handle their emotions, rather than letting their emotions overwhelm them.
Item: EMOT
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Depression after brain injury

Depression is a common consequence and reaction to traumatic brain injury. Depression can affect both survivors of brain injury and family members. This tip card describes the signs of depression with tips on when and how to ask for help. Checklists for family members and survivors have practical advice on what to do and what not to do when dealing with depression.

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Loss, Grief and Mourning after brain injury

Relief that the person has survived the brain injury is often followed by feelings of grief and loss as the meaning of survival becomes evident. This tip card helps families and caregivers understand the grief process and their reactions and shows clinicians how to support survivors and families as they mourn the losses and changes in their lives.

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Talking with Families after Brain Injury

Talking with families about the emotional and physical trauma of brain injury can be stressful for health care providers and caregivers. This tip card gives strategies for responding to questions, comments, or dissatisfaction of families while recognizing the special concerns and stresses of families when a member has a head injury.
Item: TAFA
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Families as Managers of Care and Services

The family also is the case manager for the person with a TBI. As professionals and programs change over time, families find that they are responsible for managing the care and services of the survivor of a brain injury. By adapting the case management skills used by professionals, this tip card shows families 6 steps for how to communicate effectively, negotiate for services and become effective managers and advocates to address the needs of the survivor.

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Advocacy: For brain injury services

This tip card helps TBI survivors, family members and professionals understand the definition of advocate, advocacy, grassroots lobbying and lobbying. It explains the roles of the self-advocate, informal advocate, and advocate with tips on how to execute these roles using the who, what, where, when and how of advocacy.
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