There are some things that we can do to help children with brain injuries. 

MOVEMENT

Brain-injured children need to move as much as possible

Movement enhances respiration and increases oxygen to the brain, resulting in improve brain function.

Movement develops vision 

Movement increases intelligence.

Give your child the opportunity to move as much as possible.

INTELLIGENCE

There is no relationship between brain injury and intelligence.

You can teach your child anything that you can present in an honest, factual and joyous way.

Give your child information as a gift without asking for it back again or expecting anything in return.

The brain-injured child often has difficulty using both eyes together consistently and this interferes with his depth perception and his ability to learn and to function.

Give your child big and bold print to read.

COMMUNICATION

All children want to communicate.

Many brain-injured children have trouble speaking due to breathing problem.

Brain-injured children often have trouble organizing what they want to say.

Children who cannot yet talk or talk clearly can communicate by pointing to or looking at written choices.

If your child cannot yet talk or has difficulty speaking, provide him with a choice board containing written choices to help him communicate fully (such as a board with YES and NO).

SOCIAL GROWTH

Civilized behavior is learned at home from mother and father, so this is the best place to practice proper conduct.

Teach your child clearly what is expected to him.

Every time your child does something good, tell him that you like it. It will happen more often when you do.

Maintain a high standard of conduct for all members of the family, including your brain-injured child.

Provide clear step-by-step instruction for responsibilities.

NUTRITION

What we eat, drink and breathe significantly affects brain function.

Excellent nutrition enhances brain growth and development.

Prepare and cook your own (preferably organic) food, and feed your child at least four balanced meals day.

Eliminate common food allergens such as cow’s milk products, wheat, soy and corn.

Give your child “probiotics” (healthy gut bacteria) such as acidophilus, the bacteria used make yogurt.

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  • Q: What are the various compressive suits available and in what way do they help a child with special needs?

    A: There are various compressive suits available worldwide, just do a google search on compressive suits for therapy and a long list will appear. Each suit has different properties, is made of different materials and claims to have certain benefits. For example: compressive suits for children with autism are supposed to improve sensory input. Compressive suits have also been used for children with poor balance and proprioception (knowing where your limbs are in space). However, not all suits are suitable for all children. Compressive suits can cause increased difficulty in breathing, worsen scoliosis or hip dysplasia if not fitted properly.

    Please consult your therapist for an assessment before use.


    Janell Lee
    Paediatric Physiotherapist

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