- Children, like adults, are affected emotionally when a close relative, especially a parent, is head injured.
- They need honest age-appropriate information to help them understand , and an opportunity to express feelings and concerns. Sometimes counselling may be necessary.
- Children (of all ages) can feel that they are to blame for the injury and need to be reassured about this.
- There is a link between the ways that children and adults cope with stressful events. It helps if adults can model positive coping strategies for the younger members of the family.
- Head injury services do not routinely offer support to children, so adults need to be proactive about asking for help.
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