Coping With Brain Injury:
The Role of a Neuropsychological Assessment
Brain injuries, even mild ones, are more serious than we once thought. It is wonderful to see more awareness about the potential impact of concussions, but there continues to be a lot of misinformation about brain injuries.
Some injuries to the brain can resolve relatively quickly while other issues can linger much longer, sometimes permanently.
It is estimated that 90% of brain injuries that children and teens experience result from an impact to the brain, with 25% of the injuries being severe enough to require rehabilitation services.
Brain injuries can be highly impactful to the person suffering the injury as deficits can occur in areas such as attention, thinking, learning, language, memory and emotions. Not to mention the impact that the injury can have on the family unit as well.
So, do you know what to do next to help your child or teen? A Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) can provide a scan of the brain that can help to identify if there are any abnormalities in the brain resulting from the injury.
A Neuropsychological assessment can also be useful to help identify if there any deficits in brain functioning, as well as provide recommendations to help improve or better manage any areas in which your child or teen could be struggling.
An assessment will also provide recommendations to help improve or better any areas of difficulty.