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Locating Resources


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Locating Resources

  1. 1. Locating Resources for children with TBI Andrea Buening IL Special projects Coordinator The Independent Living Center 2639 E. 34th St. Joplin, MO 64804 February 25th , 2012
  3. 3. Traumatic Brain Injury in someone under the age of 22 is considered a developmental disability Resource #1 THE INTERNET – Use reputable sources  Write down your questions and ASK  “Google” your questions!  What is a “developmental disability”  Access all local services  If in a rural area, locate services in your county  Learn the difference between ability, progress, and outcome Don’t believe everything you are told Do believe you can make the biggest difference in your child’s outcome
  4. 4. Your main concerns 1. Medical issues first – Every Brain Injury is Different! • Areas of damage • Consequences – much will be unknown • Plasticity – brain maturity doesn’t occur until age 22 1. Learn what your child needs • Different needs create different resources • Your child’s needs will change 1. How to Locate services where you can get help for your child • Centers for Independent Living 1. Maintain expectations within reason • Discipline with love and logic 1. Find an advocate • Centers for Independent Living
  5. 5. Consider then Plan to address  School issues Special Services Accommodations  Apply for SSI – your child may or may not need it later If needed, go to Legal Aid for representation Services vary by Service Area They don’t take payment from past due amounts
  6. 6. Maintain • Schedules – Very important for individuals with TBI • Expectations of: – The Child – The School/teachers – All Service providers Hold them accountable
  7. 7. Believe in the impossible Your is your