- Communication vs. Conflicts: Helping Parents and Educators
By Marilyn Lash, MSW. Too often, communication between educators and parents becomes an adversarial relationship rather than a partnership. Parents often complain that they are viewed as "...overprotective, demanding, unreasonable and worst of all, unrealistic about their child's future..." when advocating for special educational services. Adding to their frustration is the frequent difficulty of even reaching educators who are in class much of the day and not readily available by phone or e-mail.
(Added: Thu Nov 29 2001)
- Frequently Asked Questions about Brain Injury In Children
Does a brain injury affect a child differently than an adult? Unlike an adult, a child's brain is still developing right up through adolescence. An injury interrupts this development. Different parts of the brain develop at different ages or stages of a child's maturation. Consequently, the full impact of a child's brain injury may not become evident for many months, or even years, until the brain matures. It takes longer for the effects of a brain injury to be seen in children and the consequences can change over time.
(Added: Wed Jul 18 2001)
- When a Child has a Brain Injury
By Marilyn Lash and Bob Cluett. Two million brain injuries occur each year. Half of these involve children. Why have they gotten so little attention? In the silent epidemic of brain injury, children have become the invisible survivors. How have we allowed this to happen if our children are the promise for the future? The most common causes of brain injury among children are falls and motor vehicle collisions with children as passengers, pedestrians or bicyclists. Tragically, physical abuse is the most frequent cause among infants. Sports injuries become more common as children mature and play on teams and outside the home. Violence is an increasing cause of injuries among adolescents.
(Added: Tue Sep 18 2001)