Teaching Kids about TBI
When a family member gets a brain injury, it’s often a confusing and disorienting experience for all the adult members. It can be extremely difficult for an adult to try to communicate the facts about a brain injury to a child, so thankfully, there are several guides available that can facilitate that process.
Neuroscience for Kids is a great starting point on the internet that helps children understand the brain and its processes. It is well-organized and comes with various experiments and activities that kids can enjoy.
There are also children’s books that deal with the topic of brain injury, available in both English and Spanish, as well as books about TBIs that affect children.
NASA’s Neurolab Mission is also a great resource that places focus on research and developments in the field of neuroscience, so that kids understand that brain injury treatment is a relatively new field, and there is still much to learn.
Geared towards older children and teens, the University of Wisconsin’s Why Files often feature great tidbits regarding neurology and neuroscience. And there’s also PBS’s great Probe the Brain site which encourages a virtual exploration of the brain through a slick little shockwave program.
For more links that help kids understand the brain and TBI, visit:
The Brain Exchange Mentorship Network
Please check out this new book and resource for TBI families.
– Unthinkable: Tips for Surviving a Child’s Traumatic Brain Injury is a much needed resource for parents experiencing a child’s brain injury and for professionals ready to help them.
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