Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Where Do We Go From Here?
Roberta DePompei (November 02, 2010). The ASHA Leader.
“She is a beautiful 4-year-old. She was in the hospital for several months and has a severe brain injury. She can’t speak and has difficulty maintaining balance for sitting. She is more like a 2-year-old than a 4-year-old. We know there are many challenges before us in getting all the services she will need throughout her life.”
Quotes like this —from real families and individuals dealing with traumatic brain injury (TBI)—illustrate the spectrum of traumatic brain injuries and the resulting complexities. The families’ words also convey frustrations that can result from a lack of awareness about TBI and its implications for children, adolescents, and young adults, as brain development continues into their 20s.
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