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For information on caring for someone with a brain injury and taking care of yourself

Brain injury doesn’t happen to just one person but to the whole family

Something happens – an accident, an illness – and suddenly, a brain injury changes everything. Early on, it can be like entering a new world with its own language; with time, it can be hard to understand why your loved one acts as they do or how to best support their progress. You find you need to learn about services you never heard of, and through all of this, you need to take care of yourself so you can be there for the long haul. BIAV can help you sort these things out.

If you look at the tabs below, we have provided specific information on a few topics.   If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, please use our resource request form or contact our office to get more information specific to your needs.

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For Children

At one time it was thought that brain injury did not affect children as much as adults because they were young and resilient and could “bounce back.” While the young and resilient part is true, a child’s brain continues to develop until the early/mid-twenties, so some problems are not immediately apparent.  As they age and grow into becoming an adult, children often face issues their uninjured siblings and friends don’t.

 

Below are some resources you may find helpful. For more information, please fill out our Resource Request Form or contact our office.

 

  • Downloadable Resources
  • Brain Injury in the Schools: A Guide for Educators Download
  • Executive Skills after Brain Injury in Children and Teens Download
  • Neuropsychological Assessments and the Schools Download
  • Understanding Pediatric Brain Injury: A Guide for Parents and Teachers Download
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For Adults

The news that a loved one has sustained a brain injury – whether that person is your spouse, a sibling, adult child, or a good friend – can be confusing and scary.  Each brain is different and the effects of an injury can be temporary for some, and extensive and long term for others.  Getting educated can help you ask the right questions and find the right services, no matter if it’s a concussion or a more severe injury or when it happened.

 

Below are some resources you may find helpful. For more information, please fill out our Resource Request Form or contact our office.

 

 

 

  • Downloadable Resources
  • Some Basic Information about Brain Injury Download
  • Understanding Brain Injury – A Guide for Families Download
  • Marriage Stability after Brain Injury Download
  • 10 Things You Should Know about Behavior Download
  • Checklist for Brain Injury Problems Download
  • Caregivers’ Guide to Stress Download
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For Seniors

Falls are the leading cause of brain injury, and senior adults are at greater risk of falling and being hospitalized for that injury than any other group.  Recognizing a brain injury in older people can be difficult because the natural effects of aging and the challenges of brain injury overlap. Learning the effects of the injury can help get the right care; learning about resources can help get the right supports.

 

Below are some resources you may find helpful. For more information, please fill out our Resource Request Form or contact our office.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Downloadable Resources
  • Some Basic Information about Brain Injury Download
  • Fall Prevention:Tips for Reducing Falls for Adults Download
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Facts: TBI & Older Adults Download
  • Successful Aging of Individuals with Brain Injury Download
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Resource Request Form

BIAV has a vast library of information on brain injury, its resulting consequences, and a variety of related topics. To request more information from BIAV, complete our Resource Request Form or contact us at 1-800-444-6443 or 804-355-5748.

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