Recovering From Childhood Traumatic Brain Injury W Essay

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RECOVERING FROM CHILDHOOD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY WITH SPECIFIC REFERENCE TO THE CASE STUDY OF NEO SUSAN SULLIVAN SINGAPORE University of South Africa Abstract In an in depth look at the possibility of recovery from childhood TBI with specific reference to Neo, we found him to suffer from severe TBI with diffused closed head injuries. He presented with symptoms of cognitive impairment at age 9 after his grade 3 teacher recommended that he repeats the grade due to poor performance. We discuss the TBI in relation to the functionality of brain-structures. It is evident that the frontal lobe, the superior collicullus, his RAS and thalamus sustained trauma. The late presentation of his cognitive impairments due to increasing testing of higher order skills and level of intelligence, mathematical abilities and attention gave rise to concerns regarding the extent of the sustained TBI four years earlier. Recovery could be enhanced if proper cognitive and physical rehabilitation mechanisms are followed. The extent of TBI depends on various factors that vary substantially in individuals with TBI. The extent and nature of Neo’s TBI is severe and he is going to have to face some challenges and hardships as a result. He is however in the fortunate position to be in the care of loving family members who attended to his special needs, the moment it became apparent that the TBI he sustained 4 years earlier, had some repercussions. Table of Contents 1. Abstract …………………………………………………………………………………………………………..2 2. Introduction ……………………………………………………………………………………………………4 3. Traumatic Brain Injury ………………………………………………………………………………….4 4. The Classification of the Severity of Traumatic Brain Injury ……….……………..5 5. The Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury …………………………………………………………..7 6. The Case Study of Neo ………………………………………………………………………………….9 7. Reasons for

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