We understand the stress of trying to get your life back together after a Traumatic Brain Injury. Here are some problems that we have faced and ideas on how to handle them. There are people here for you! Just remember, if you need help... ASK FOR IT!
1. Getting Behind in School.
2. Not understanding concepts that the class learned while you were gone.
3. Teachers not making accommodations or helping you catch up.
4. Being removed from your sports team.
5. No physical activites.
6. Feeling like you're being a let down because you can't do anything.
7. Having your friends telling you to do things you know you aren't supposed to do.
8. Overbearing parents.
9. No electronics.
10. Over all, just being bored.
11. No one else understanding.
12. Having questions nobody can answer.
1. If you missed school, the first thing you need to do is get all of your missing work and get that caught up before anything else. From there, you can slowly start working on catching up with the rest of the class. The key to everything is Time Management and Organization.
2. When you have a concussion, even if it might be hard, you need to learn how to ask other people for help. At this point, the best person you can talk to is your teacher. In Resources, there is a To Teacher from Student form to help you with this. A tutor may be needed to help you catch up.
3.You may need to talk to the athletic trainer, school nurse, or principal about your concerns to get your needs communicated to your teachers. Some teachers may need more information about TBI to understand the recovery process. Make sure you communicate your needs and progress with your teachers.
4. I know this is difficult and you've worked hard to be a part of the team. Just because you can't play, doesn't mean you can't support them. As you recover, and are allowed, you may be able to resume playing.
5. You need to rest and allow time to recover (check out "The Medical Side" tab above for more information on this). Be patient, you will get through this!!
6. Try to find activities to do with your friends that you are medically allowed to do. Remember to not shut people out; you need to socialize. This is an important part of recovering.
7. Don't give in to peer pressure! Remind them that you are hurt, and though your injuries might not be visible, you need to heal.
8. You just have to remember that they are just trying to help. Try to work with them and not against them, in the long run this will help.
9. No TV, No Phone, No Netflix, No Internet!!! I know this is hard, we are growing up in a world filled with electronics. But every time you use your phone you are slowing down the process of healing. The more you stay off of your phone, the faster you will feel better.
10. This won't last long! One of the best things you can do right now is rest your body, rest your mind, and sleep. Enjoy it while you can!
11. This is the entire reason behind TeenTBI. We want to show you that there are people out there who understand exactly what you are going through. There are teens everywhere who are willing to help. Go talk to them!
12. Email us. We can help! firstname.lastname@example.org!!