Using Play Activities When Working with Children Who Have a Parent with TBI

Dr. Audrey Daisley talks about the effectiveness of using crafts or story-based activities for kids of all ages who are dealing with a TBI in the family.

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We get perhaps children to write stories about their experiences, and that's good for kids who don't want to talk so much to us. We play lots of games. We've got lots of favorite games. We have a--I don't know if you have this game in the USA-- but we have a game called Operation Brain Surgery where you go into the head of a model, and we use that to stimulate lots of discussion about what happens inside the brain. And so we also will use talking therapies with children who might need those therapies and who might be willing to talk, but the emphasis for us is mainly on creative activities, getting children involved in things in a way that's comfortable and familiar to them even though they're learning lots of new things at the same time. When we work with children, we tend to work with children in their family groups, so if there's more than one child in the family, we'll work together with that group of children. And the nice thing about doing craft and story-based work is that you can include children of all different ages in the family in that. So, the older kids taking the lead maybe for doing more sort of writing activities, and the younger kids doing gluing and sticking, and together joining up and making something together which they feel really proud of. We work with children of all ages, so we would give advice and support on very, very small children's needs at the time of parental injury all the way through to working with older children who may be in their teens.
Posted on BrainLine December 18, 2012.

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