School-Age Children’s Responses to Parents with Disabilities

07 May

This rehabilitation nursing journal article School-Age Children’s Responses to Parents with Disabilities was written and completed just one week prior to the assault of traumatic brain injury.  It was not published until 2 years later after having a colleague co-author and help submit the manuscript for publishing.


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2 responses to “School-Age Children’s Responses to Parents with Disabilities

  1. Vickie

    May 8, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Thank you for this article, hopefully it will help others.

    My son was lucky in one way. He had a brain injury which resulted in brain damage before his two daughters were born. So they grew up with his disability after he had accepted it. He had difficulty reading, writing, and communicating and understanding the written and verbal word.

    His daughters learned to read to him and teach him his words. He could give them the love they needed and they helped him grow with his disability. They accepted him just the way he was because they knew no difference. They missed the anger stage that most disabled suffer from when they have had an accident or an illness that has changed their life forever. So his daughters were lucky too.

    Children are more resilient than we give them credit for.

    I believe that children need to be involved in their family member’s care for both their sakes and the disabled person’s sake. To understand someone’s journey, you have to take it too.

    Hope, Health, and Happiness, Vickie

    • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

      May 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      You have made and identified some great points. His daughters learned to accept people for who they are and not to discriminate. They have helped in the recovery process and your son loves his daughters. Children are definitely resilient. I love that you mention “to understand someone’s journey, you have to take it too” referring to the entire family’s involvement in caring for a loved one. That’s an excellent way to explain it.

      Unfortunately, your granddaughters also have suffered in a very different way. They became victims, you, your son and all who loves him to a criminal system simply because others in society have taken advantage of your son and his vulnerabilities regardless of the extremely obvious brain injury visual on MRI. We need to educate society so this abuse of brain injured does not continue. I ask everyone to keep your family in thought and prayer and read about him at


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