As a parent, guiding a child through a brain injury may be a daunting experience. Oftentimes, becoming better informed of what to expect may lessen your anxiety and help lead your child (and family) on the path to recovery. Although severe brain injuries, some resulting in a coma or need for neurosurgical care, do occur, approximately 75-80% of all brain injuries are considered mild, and most children can fully recover from them without residual problems.Mild brain injuries are sometimes interc
Many parents, educators, and practitioners have encountered the day-to-day frustrations associated with weak executive functioning in teens. While some delay in executive functioning is to be expected as the frontal lobes are not fully developed in adolescence, some teens experience more significant weakness, which can affect academics and family relationships.
If the child shows one or more of these symptoms, a speech-language evaluation is warranted. The SLP can then take the lead, setting up a team as needed to assess for other possible co-existing disorders. Then, addressing all challenges, including specific language goals, the team can work together to improve quality of life for children like Janelle, Malika, Joey, and Elena.
A child’s ability to converse easily with others can lead to success in school, in friendships, and in life. When a child is reluctant to speak outside the family, it can be frustrating for all involved. If the situation is severe, the child may be diagnosed with “selective mutism.” How can we help? Here’s a few “don’t”s:
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