Teaching Children about Traumatic Brain Injuries
It’s never too early to begin learning about traumatic brain injuries, which is why the Brain Injury Association of Michigan has created a comprehensive chart that outlines the numerous brain safety topics that can be introduced to students of all ages. Teachers and parents alike can utilize these valuable resources to help their children understand the importance of protecting their brains and the best strategies for doing so.
Equipping Children With Essential Information
It’s natural for young and older children alike to take the role of the brain for granted and assume that it can’t be injured because it is sheltered inside the skull. This is an important misconception to clarify, especially for children who are active in sports and face a higher risk of becoming hurt. BIAMI provides all of the resources necessary to explain brain safety concepts to children of all ages. For example, younger students can study a simple drawing and circle all of the unsafe activities depicted in the drawing, while older students can fill out “The Choices We Make” survey to identify responsible and irresponsible behaviors and suggest alternative behaviors when needed.
Education is Prevention
The more that children understand about brain injuries, the better the chances that they can avoid preventable brain injuries and let an adult know when they are experiencing brain injury symptoms. One of the lessons provided by BIAMI entitled “The Injured Brain: Now One Foot, Now the Other”, focuses on the idea that the brain’s vital and unique abilities controls everything the body can do. The lesson also helps children understand how the brain becomes injured and how such an injury can impact the way we perform daily functions.
Throughout this lesson, students discuss injuries they have experienced in the past and how they were fixed. The teacher reads an article or story about a person who suffered a brain injury, then guides the class through a conversation about the cost of the TBI in terms of pain, medical care, emotional stress, lifestyle changes, and more. Students complete the lesson by listening to the teacher read Now One Foot, Now the Other by T. DePaola to emphasize these points.
For more information on educating children about the serious nature of traumatic brain injury, visit the Brain Injury Association of Michigan’s website, www.biami.org/activities. If you or someone you love needs support recovering from a brain injury, turn to NeuroInternational in Sarasota, Florida. With the state’s largest and most diversified neurological treatment team, NeuroInternational is proud to empower people with neurological impairment to live abundant and rewarding lives. Call (941) 870-4129 to learn more.