Summary

Preparations for your child's return home may be simple or complex, depending on his injury. Fortunately, the hospital has professionals to help you identify your child's needs and the steps needed to help make your child's return a safe one. In your community, there are organizations and individuals to help your family and child. Parents sometimes try to do everything themselves, and they wear themselves out. Enlist the help of others. Seek out community groups, and get assistance if your family and child need it.

You will see many changes in your child during the weeks and months after your child leaves the hospital. There is no set timetable for recovery, but it is usually most rapid in the first six months after the brain injury. Changes can continue over time, even for years. Because the brain of a child is still developing, it is harder for experts to predict the long-term consequences of an injury.

You still know your child best and are the expert. Only you have seen your child before and after the brain injury. You have seen your child in the hospital, and you will be with your child over time. Use your information and observations to help others understand how the injury has affected your child, what your child needs, and what others can do to help. Get experts involved when needed. Cherish the rewards as you watch your child progress. Each child is special and so is each family. You are in this together.