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Acquired/Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is an injury that affects how the brain works. TBI is a major cause of death and disability in the United States. Anyone can experience a TBI, but data suggest that some groups are at greater risk of getting a TBI or having worse health outcomes after the injury (CDC.gov).  The information below is provided to guide medical providers in treatment as well as to provide information/resources to parents and youth regarding Acquired/Traumatic Brain Injury.

  • REAP/Concussion Manual
    The Remove/Reduce, Educate, Adjust/Accommodate, Pace (REAP) manual is an informative integrated guide from the North Dakota Brain Injury Network on how the collaboration of family, school and medical professionals can implement a Community-Based Concussion Management Program for youth.
  • The North Dakota Brain Injury Network can collaborate with child/family, school and medical providers to develop an educational plan and create special education, and 504 Plans, or other related school needs as part of brain injury treatments.
  • When an individual sustains a brain injury, there are many therapies and treatments available to them. The North Dakota Brain Injury Network wants you to be aware of all the tools for your toolbox. NDBIN’s knowledgeable staff can help you navigate these services and recommend which might be best for you!
  • Traumatic Brain Injury and Child Development
    September 15, 2021
    Slides | Video
  • Acquired/Traumatic Brain Injury: Recognizing the Source and Proper Steps to Take Following Acquired Head Impact and Chronic Symptomology
    February 4, 2021
    Slides | Video
    Learn how to earn CME credit.
  • Resource Library, North Dakota Brain Injury Network
  • Mayo Clinic Talks Episode 64: Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury
    Traumatic brain injury in children represents a significant public health problem and they account for over one-half million emergency department visits per year.
  • EM Basic: 92 Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
    Join Christopher Watson, Zac Hodges, and Dan McCollum as they discuss the management of pediatric traumatic brain injury. We go beyond the basics, discussing a very challenging topic.
    • What should you look for on exam?
    • When is intubation appropriate?
    • How can you treat increased intracranial pressure?
    • Where should you send your patient if you are at a community emergency department?

For Children/Adolescents:
Once children better understand what a brain injury is and how it affects themselves or a loved one—whether through books, videos, or other resources — they’ll feel more positive about the position they’re in and realize they’re not alone.” Diane M. McCullom

  • All About Me!: Choose from an English or Spanish version of this interactive booklet. Elementary school aged children would get the most out of this option, as it helps them identify the physical, cognitive, and behavioral effects of TBIs.
  • Amanda’s Fall: A Story for Children About Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
    Author Kelly Darmofal creates a story true to her own life dealing with traumatic Brain Injury which is Amanda’s diagnosis. Tired and sleepy Amanda and her parents learn that her head injury might create issues in learning and memory in the future. She has to deal with having to try harder and in different ways.
  • Arnie’s MRI
    This colorful book details the story of Arnie the armadillo after he falls off his bike. Since he wasn’t wearing a helmet, he hurt his head and must undergo an MRI. Nervous about the whole process, Arnie overcomes his fears after the hospital staff turns the exam into an adventure. The end result? Arnie (and readers) learn why wearing a helmet is a must.
  • ELVIN the Elephant Who Forgets
    Offered in both book and DVD form, this tale teaches kids how a brain injury can affect emotions, behavior, and friendships.
  • Get Well Soon…Balloon!
    Descriptions of coma, rehabilitation, and therapy are written in a young child’s language and is designed to help them understand their reactions when a parent has a brain injury. It’s recommended for families of injured military veterans.
  • The Road Ahead – Next Exit: Hope
    Children also need help understanding their feelings when a parent or sibling has a brain injury, and this book does just that. Suited for kids ages 5 – 10, this book features puzzles, mazes, and other interactive tools to help children express themselves.

For caregivers:

North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) Book Collection
The NDBIN book collection has a variety of topics available for check out. Resources vary from stories about brain injury survivors to information on speech therapy for practitioners. Some of them even include a DVD! To borrow one of these resources, contact Carly Endres, NDBIN Outreach Coordinator, at carly.endres@UND.edu or (701) 777-8004.

Consult Line: (888) 522-9654

The North Dakota Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Line connects Primary Care Providers with a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for consultation during daytime business hours.