Traumatic brain injury

Neuropsychologist Peter Stavinoha, shares advice for parents on the most common ages for children to suffer traumatic brain injuries and what parents can do to help prevent brain injuries in their kids
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There are a number of causes for traumatic brain injury for children and adolescents. What we actually see is a spike in toddlers and preschoolers, and then we see another spike during adolescents. In toddlers or preschoolers, a lot of times it is motor vehicle accidents or falls in the home where they fall and hit their head on something in the house or a balcony or steps they may fall over. In adolescents, it tends to be more sports related injuries, and this is a time where they are starting to drive; and again, see a spike in motor vehicle accidents. So looking at those common causes, parents need to ensure that their children are using all the safety equipment for their sports activities and things; wearing helmets when they are on bikes. But they also need to look at the environment around that child to ensure they are using all the safety measures like seatbelts and carseats and gates in the home. Making sure that anywhere the child may have an accident, they are prevented from doing so.

Neuropsychologist Peter Stavinoha, shares advice for parents on the most common ages for children to suffer traumatic brain injuries and what parents can do to help prevent brain injuries in their kids

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Peter Stavinoha, PhD

Neuropsychologist

Peter L. Stavinoha, PhD, ABPP, is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist in Dallas, Texas.  He directs the Neuropsychology Service at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and he is Professor in Psychology/Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He was named Distinguished Psychologist for 2005 by the Dallas Psychological Association. Dr. Stavinoha specializes in the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional aspects of developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury in children. As a general parenting expert, he is regularly interviewed in the media, Dallas morning television, Parents and Parenting Magazines, and numerous parenting blogs. Together with Sara Bridget Au, he is co-author of Stress-Free Potty Training. He has also authored several chapters in scholarly texts on subjects ranging from pediatric concussion to brain tumors in children. Dr. Stavinoha received a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Stavinoha completed a residency in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Neuropsychological Society, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Stavinoha has a 16-year old son named Joe.

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