TBI (Tramatic Brain Injury) is an insult to the brain caused by a direct blow to the head or the head hitting an object or being shaken violently. TBI is the leading cause of disability and death among children and adolescents, with over 1 million children sustaining brain injuries each year.
Nationwide each year, 300,000 children end up with severe disability as the result of brain injury. The most common causes of TBI are falls, motor vehicle crashes, bicycle accidents, sports and recreation injuries, shaken baby syndrome, gunshot wounds and assaults. The
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that at least 3.17 Million
Americans currently have a long-term or lifelong need for help to perform
activities of daily living as a result of a TBI. 1
Concussion: Another name for Mild Tramatic Brain Injury (Mild TBI)
A concussion is a blow or jolt to the head a trauma induced alteration in mental status. It can disrupt normal brain function and have serious side effects. A person may simply appear dazed or confused from a concussion even when there is no loss of consciousness. Some of the symptoms can appear right away, while others may not show up for days or even weeks after the concussion.
It is estimated that up to 2.5 million sports and recreation related concussions occur each year. Data from the Center for Disease Control indicate that children and youth aged 5 to 18 years old have the highest rates for these concussions. Serious long-term health effects can result from these seemingly mild bumps to the head. Mild TBI is often under-diagnosed or mis-diagnosed, with symptoms not always immediately apparent.
TBI and Mild TBI can cause a wide range of functional changes:
* Language * Affecting Thinking * Learning * Memory * Emotions * Behavior * Sensation
It can also cause epilepsy and increase the risk for conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and other brain disorders that become more prevalent with age.2
1. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Traumatic brain
injury: hope through research. Bethesda (MD): National Institutes of Health;
2002 Feb. NIH Publication No. 02-158. Available from:
2. Ylvisaker M, Todis B, Glang A, et al. Educating students with TBI: themes and
recommendations. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation 2001; 16:76-93.
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1) Comprehensive Health Education workshops that are tailored to encompass our Trinity (Mind, Body & Spirit connection). Areas addressed:
* Coping Tools for Managing Stress and Anxiety
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2) Advocacy engagements are designed for Caregivers/Parents and Educators of children with Brain Injuries/Concussions (Mild TBI). Our goal is to give you the tools needed to be an advocate, compassionate and understanding of comprehensive needs. You will learn about various healthcare, financial, education and legal resources available coupled with impactful, engaging dialogue and support.
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