What is a Brain Injury?
Learn more about brain injury in children and adolescents.
Types of brain injury
Congenital: Brain injury that occurs before birth
This group of brain defects or disorders develop in the womb and are present at birth.
Acquired: Brain injury that occurs after a child is born.
Acquired brain injuries fall into 2 categories; traumatic and non-traumatic. A traumatic brain injury occurs when there is impact to the head or body causing the brain inside to be injured. Traumatic brain injuries can be classified as mild, moderate or severe.
Categories of brain injury and possible causes:
When the brain is injured
Our brains are like our central processing center. Everything we do, think, and feel is controlled by our brain. This is why injuries to the brain can cause a variety of changes or symptoms. A brain injury can impact someone's ability to:
Behave or control self
Make safe decisions
Eat, feed oneself
Interact with others