My friend Christine writes this week’s post about her six year old son with brain injuries that makes for extreme challenges raising him. Read their difficult story, see her amazing improvement data, and sing this information out to everyone you know!!
Four and a half years ago my husband and I adopted two little boys. They were 23 months and 3 years old when they moved in with us permanently. Our youngest child, Caleb, received a head injury when he was only four months old. You may not be familiar with traumatic brain injuries but they are devastating not just to the injured but to everyone around them.
Caleb’s TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) has caused many challenges. The initial injury caused bleeding, swelling, seizures, and cerebral palsy on his right side. His official diagnoses are Traumatic Brain Injury, Cortical Visual Impairment, Severe Development Delay. Among Caleb’s difficulties he can be a very frustrated little boy. My son has a severe vision impairment which makes navigating difficult. He is also sensory seeker/avoider which means that some things scare him or he has an excessive need to feel/hear/taste to learn about his environment. Communication is also a great challenge. From a parenting side of things, we never know quite what to expect or how to help Caleb. We have 5 children whose ages are 18, 15, 8, 7 and 6. We are no strangers to children, but Caleb is different. Continue reading