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Traumatic Brain Injury

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A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can happen in combat and may affect a person's behavior. Discover how to cope with a parent who has a TBI…

TBI: Abby and Dylan's Dad

Watch these animated stories of Abby and her brother Dylan. While deployed, their dad was in an explosion. The doctors diagnosed him with a mild TBI, also called a concussion. Abby and Dylan’s life changed while their dad coped with symptoms from his injury. It took time to adjust to all the sticky notes around the house. Their mom had to go back to work. Abby and Dylan had to pitch in more to help with household chores. Learn how their family adjusted to their new life together.

What Helps

  • Learning more about the brain and how an injury can affect a person. Check out this interactive brain and other information.
  • Brainstorming ideas about new ways to enjoy family time.   A brain injury can affect the types of activities your parent can do, and they are likely different from before.
  • Figuring out ways to spend one-on-one time with your parent. Just because your parent can’t do the same activities as before doesn’t mean there aren’t new things you can do together.  Keep thinking of ways you can grow your relationship.
  • Asking questions.  There are never too many questions.  It's helpful to ask your parents, but there are other options too as well: a school counselor, therapist, doctor.  Here are some links to FAQs.

In Our Own Words

Revised: Wed, 11/27/2019 - 08:56