What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury is an injury caused by an external force,
Does your child, teen or young adult have a
such as a blow to the head or penetration of the skull.
You can’t always see a traumatic brain injury – that’s why it’s
Traumatic Brain Injury or Spinal Cord Injury?
sometimes called “The Invisible Injury.” If your child, teen or
young adult has a traumatic brain injury, he or she may have Finding your way through the system of
problems with headaches, balance, sleep, behavior, or thinking.
He or she may also have sensory changes, like problems
care may be difficult. Family Resource
with smell, taste, or hearing. Coordination can help you…
• Learn about the injury.
What is a Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord that results in a
• Understand the treatment your
loss of your ability to move. The effects of a spinal cord injury family member needs.
depend on where in the spinal column it occurs.
Some people with spinal cord injuries may have no sensation or • Find services in your community.
voluntary movement below the level of the injury.
Others can move some limbs but not others, or can feel parts
of the body but not move them. • Explore resources to help with
• Speak up for your family member
FAMILY RESOURCE COORDINATION IS PROVIDED BY:
PROGRAM SUPPORT AND BROCHURE PROVIDED BY:
ARIZONA GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL
ON SPINAL AND HEAD INJURIES
Documents in alternative format or other languages are available
upon request to the Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs by
calling (602) 542-1860 or 1-800-232-1676. (Ask for the OCSHCN program.)
When your child, teen or young Connection Coordination Our services are free.
Your Family Resource Coordinator will work with you It’s likely that your child and family will need some Family Resource Coordination is available at no cost to
adult is injured... to find assistance from people you feel comfortable with support from doctors, special education teachers, and eligible families. We serve families with children from
and programs that are right for you. other resources in your community. We can help you birth through age 21. (Young adults must have been
When a child, teen, or young adult experiences make sure that all of these people and programs are injured before age 18.)
traumatic brain injury or a spinal cord injury, life can Knowledge working together to help your family.
change quickly. Families often need some help finding The most powerful tool to help your child or teen is Some direct care services have financial eligibility
their way through a complex system of care – hospitals, knowledge. We can help you understand your child or Advocacy criteria. Your Family Resource Coordinator can help
rehabilitation facilities, services at home, and at school. teen’s injury and needs, and learn how to communicate Speaking up for your child’s needs isn’t easy – but it’s an you learn about funding sources and how to apply for
The Family Resource Coordination program can help. that information to other important people in your life. important part of making sure your family gets the assistance.
services it needs. We can help you be an advocate for
Family Resource Coordinators provide guidance and your child – and help your teen or young adult become
support as you help your child, teen or young adult an advocate for him or herself.
learn to live with the challenges of his or her injury.
We’re by your side, helping you gain the knowledge
and skills to get what your family member needs.