Traumatic brain injuries hinder the brain’s ability to develop properly. This is extremely difficult for children and teens whose brain is still in the developmental stages. TBI can cause issues with fatigue, emotional control, and behaviors. It is important that all of these aspects are addressed and accounted for. Before you are able to help your teen, it is important that you are aware of the extent in which TBI impacts their everyday life.
Problems and Solutions in the School Setting
Problems with focusing and paying attention are not uncommon in individuals with TBI. This could affect things such as staying awake, being alert, and keeping a train of thought. These negative effects can cause problems in the classroom for your teen. Sitting through class, listening to the teacher, and focusing on completing assignments can be extremely challenging. Here are some ways you can help get your teen on the path to success in the school setting:
- Have them sit near the front so teacher can help them to stay on track
- Decrease distractions
- Minimize outside of classroom activities
- Request extra test taking time
- Seek tutoring services
- Reward daily achievements
- Communicate with your teen’s teachers regularly
Fatigue, Emotional Control, and Behavioral Battles
Fatigue and control over reactions can occur as a result of a brain injury. School can cause teens to feel emotional exhaustion, which is why learning to pace activities is important. If teens enter a highly stimulating an environment, they can quickly become overwhelmed and have an outburst. As a parent, you can help your teen enforce helpful strategies to avoid feeling tired and unable to manage emotions. Here are some ways how you can help:
- Teach your teen to take rest breaks
- Use scheduling to prioritize tasks
- Prepare teens for activities and social outings so they are not caught off guard
- Keep consistency and structure in their everyday life
- Teach healthy ways to manage emotions: deep breathing, walking away, exercising, talking about feelings, listening to relaxing music to calm down, etc.
- Give time to process emotions. Ask your child how they are feeling.
New Focus Academy can help
New Focus Academy is a residential treatment center for boys ages 12-18 who struggle with autism or other neurodevelopmental disorders. The mission of the program is to use positive reinforcement to increase the student’s self-esteem and independence. The skills they learn at New Focus will help them learn to have positive social interaction, organization, and a clear sense of judgement. Students are given the opportunity to gain the confidence they need to foster and maintain healthy relationships and lifestyle habits. We can help your family today!
Contact us at (844) 313-6749