Pediatric Adolescent Brain Injury Program

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Since 1984, Centre for Neuro Skills® (CNS) has been providing a seamless continuum of post-acute rehabilitative care for pediatric and adolescent patients. The CNS bias for action is to return the patient with a brain injury to the highest level of independence possible. A comprehensive treatment approach puts the patient and family at the center of a team of interdisciplinary rehabilitation professionals who develop individualized programs with an emphasis on developmental skills, regaining independence, and reintegration into the educational setting. For each child or adolescent an individual program is structured and clinical goals created. While most patients are between the ages of 5-18 years of age, patients under 5 years of age can receive services on a case by case basis based on their evaluation.

Case managers, therapists, nurses, and physicians, provide rehabilitation services. These services are provided in an inpatient (Texas location), day treatment or outpatient setting. The therapies and services provided are: Physical Therapy, Case Management, Visual Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Educational Therapy, Sensory Integration, Behavioral Intervention, Speech-Language Pathology, Aquatic Therapy, Secondary Education Preparation, Nutrition Services, Coordination of School Re-entry, Swallowing and Feeding Therapy, Rehabilitation Nursing Services, Community Support Services, Pharmacological Consultation, Family Education/Counseling, Neuropsychological Consultation, Home Evaluation, Counseling/Psychological Services, Long-Term Follow-Up Support.

In children and adolescents, the ability to return to school is critical. Following a brain injury, the capability for educational learning and the development of milestone skills becomes a challenge. Our Classroom setting with a curriculum base offers a unique opportunity to enhance learning and success. At CNS, an Educational Therapist works with the child and the educational team to create an Individualized Education Program. Each student can obtain school credit through homebound instruction held at CNS through Carrollton Farmers Branch Independent School District or assistance is available for coordinating services through a school district of your choice.

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Stats and Facts

  • Head injury is the leading cause of death from trauma in the pediatric population, with an estimated 1,000,000 children in the United States sustaining mild to severe brain injuries each year.
  • Every 11 minutes a child in the United States has a brain injury, which will result in permanent disabilities (30,000 children per year).
  • Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of severe TBI in school age children and almost half of the children who sustain winter sports injuries are diagnosed with head injury.
    Injuries in children usually occur between noon and midnight with boys twice as likely as girls to be injured.