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Brain injuries in children cause unique learning challenges

Traumatic brain injuries in children pose some very unique challenges for everyone who is involved in the child's care. This can include the child, parents, family members, teachers and friends. While the TBI can affect almost every aspect of a child's life, the effects that it has on the child's learning capabilities and school performance might be considerable.

A child who has a TBI can experience a variety of changes that can affect him or her in school. The child might have trouble thinking abstractly, solving problems and understanding words. Problems with reasoning, memory, seeing, hearing and behaving can also cause the child to have difficulties in school.

When a child who has suffered a TBI is returning to school, teachers, parents and others involved in the child's care at school should realize that the child likely won't be the same as before the accident. The child will likely need accommodations to learn. The difficulties learning might be compounded by the new relationships with the other children at school. The child's friends might not fully understand what is going on, which can make maintaining a friendship difficult.

It is vital that children who are returning to school after a TBI have the support they need. There are some instances in which changing methods and expectations might be necessary. Parents might have to take the time to help others learn about the child's abilities and limitations.

Parents who are caring for a child who suffered a TBI know how expensive caring for the child can be. Seeking compensation to help with those financial aspects might be something to consider if your child's TBI was the result of recklessness or negligence of another person.

Source: Center for Parent Information and Resources, "Traumatic Brain Injury," accessed Oct. 08, 2015

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