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How can you help a child who has suffered a brain injury?

For many California parents, there is little as disconcerting as hearing that your child has been involved in an accident. Because children are especially vulnerable, it can be difficult to assess how to best help them cope with a significant injury. Brain injuries for example, can require extensive time and resources to correct and heal and often have long-lasting effects on a child's personality, ability to do certain things and overall well-being. Fortunately, there are things you can do to provide support and encouragement and give your child the best chance at an effective recovery.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your role as a parent or caregiver is critical in helping your child overcome the effects of his or her brain injury. Some of the things you can do include the following:

  • Understand that your child may face difficulties and challenges at school and in other activities that were previously not an issue. Be patient in working through these hurdles and helping your child realize his or her potential and ability to accomplish his or her goals. 
  • Make sure your child is following a consistent schedule and receiving plenty of rest, especially on busier days.
  • Provide full disclosure about your child's injury with anyone who may benefit from knowing. This includes your child's school teacher, babysitters, family members and sports coaches among other people.
  • Monitor high-risk activities that your child wishes to be involved in to prevent worsening conditions that could be easily avoided. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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