Brain Development in Children and Adolescents: What happens after brain injury?

Ron Savage, Ed.D.

This booklet helps parents and educators understand how the child’s brain develops and why an acquired brain injury can have both immediate and long-term consequences. It shows how a traumatic injury can disrupt the brain’s development and why changes may show up as the child grows up. By understanding how various regions of the brain develop, families and educators will recognize the relationship between an injury and changes in the child’s physical, cognitive, social, behavioral, and communicative skills.

A child’s brain is more vulnerable to a traumatic injury than an adult’s brain because it is still developing. Using clear language and drawings that parents and educators can readily understand, this booklet describes the anatomy of the brain and how it functions. It explains why consequences of an earlier injury may show up over time in school as the child’s brain develops and matures.

This information helps parents and educators track the child’s progress in school and be alert for changes in learning and behavior that may be related to the brain injury. Every parent and teacher should have this booklet to understand why traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability among children.

ISBN# 1-931117-01-2
Pages 36 pages, 5½ x 8½ softcover
Year 2010