When a family member is affected by a brain injury
, it can be a complicated experience for the whole family. Children may find adapting to the change particularly difficult, as a brain injury can cause disruptions and create a less stable and secure environment for them.
Older children and adolescents may need time to process their emotions and come to terms with changes after the injury. They may feel embarrassed by the behavioural changes
in their loved one, and not want to bring friends home.
It is important that children understand as much as they can about the nature of the brain injury so they can comprehend what is happening to their family member.
Talking through the issues
Children may benefit from attending rehabilitation meetings, talking with ReNew staff or with siblings or cousins. Encouraging children to talk about brain injury can be helpful, as can telling stories or encouraging them to use drawings to express themselves. It is helpful for children to be involved in the rehabilitation process so they can learn how to support their injured relative, for example assisting them to use a mobile phone or do physiotherapy exercises.
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