BrainSTEPS - Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Ages 0-5

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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have a devastating impact on the lives of individuals of all ages. The years between birth and 5 years of age are a time of rapid development, marked by periods of brain growth (e.g., brain weight, size, the number and quality of neuronal connections), the attainment of critical developmental milestones, and the emergence of many important skills. Children whose development is disrupted by TBI during this stage of life may display negative outcomes ranging from deficits in overall development to difficulties in specific areas of cognitive functioning. The developmental trajectories of these functions could be particularly devastating for long-term functional outcomes; moreover, differences may even exist between children who are injured prior to the age of 24 months versus those who are injured later in the preschool period. This professional development session will provide an overview of these key issues. An initial focus will be centered on early brain development and the neurological issues inherent in early brain injury. The epidemiology, causes, and literature examining functional outcomes in preschool children following a TBI will be presented, with a neuropsychological perspective to assessment of the preschool child being discussed. For this latter section, specific assessment constructs will be proposed and specific measures described. Finally, the day will conclude with a number of important implications for the early childhood professional.


Title of Training: BrainSTEPS - Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Ages 0-5
Presenter: Stephen Hooper, Ph.D.
Training Date: 04/30/2014


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