Children with a Parent with TBI Often Grow from the Experience

Children really enjoy their parent being around more, and the parent may not feel it. They may wish they were back at work or doing other things, but children love having an injured parent around more. They're just more available. Children talk a lot about positive, personal growth that comes from this, and I think it's really important for families to know that this doesn't need to damage children, and that's the adult's fear, that this will scar children for life, that children will never recover from this. It will make them bitter and angry and upset, and yes, we might see those reactions for a short time because they're normal, but children talk about feeling very proud of themselves because they know they're strong people. They know they've been able to survive things that other people they know haven't dealt with. And that's when it stops becoming an issue about being different, and it becomes a really good thing about being different. Children can say the difference is good now.

Dr. Audrey Daisley explains that in the long term, kids with a parent with TBI often feel as if they have grown stronger from the experience.

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Audrey Daisley

Dr. Audrey Daisley is a consultant clinical neuropsychologist at the Oxford Centre for Enablement, part of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. She is the lead clinical psychologist for the unit’s family support service.

Posted on BrainLine December 13, 2012

Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough, Justin Rhodes, and Erica Queen, BrainLine.

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