Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries are one of the leading causes of death and disability in children in the U.S. Here are some of the special factors that differentiate TBI cases with children versus adults:
- Age factors in heavily. Because the child’s brain is still developing, a serious brain injury may completely alter the course of the child’s development.
- Previously learned information may be lost – in which case, this can severely handicap child brain injury patients. Why? Because previously learned information provides important building blocks for subsequent learning.
- The effects of a traumatic brain injury on a child may not be seen directly after the injury. In fact, the effects may only become apparent over time, during the course of cognitive and mental development. Problems with abstract thinking and other skills may not be apparent until the child is well into adolescence. Thus, it’s important to keep a close eye on the child throughout their adolescence. Otherwise, the cause of problems in thinking could go unidentified. This will only create even more problems for the child throughout time. The strategies used to help a child with TBI are very different from those used to address similar problems.
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