Navigating the Brain Maze
Navigating the Brain Maze is a series of short videos that will introduce you to what a brain injury is, levels of care and recovery, funding and insurance, as well as specific information on stroke, brain injury in children and mild traumatic brain injury. Hear from doctors, professionals, survivors and their families about how you can navigate your way through the maze that brain injury can often be.
What is Brain Injury?
Brain injuries can happen to anyone, at any time, and anywhere. In this video, you will learn the differences between acquired and traumatic brain injuries, signs and symptoms, the long-term effects, and prevention strategies.
Caring for Brain Injury
When a loved one sustains a brain injury, it’s hard to know what comes next. In this video you will learn about the various stages of care from a doctor visit or the emergency room, to rehabilitation and recovery, and finally returning home.
Funding and Insurance
The medical expenses of a brain injury are daunting. In this video you will learn about some of the government services available at the federal and state level, an overview of the Texas insurance laws and resources, and strategies to make sure your loved one receives the care they need.
Living with Brain Injury
Brain injury doesn’t just affect the survivor — it affects their family and whole community. Learn about strategies to make the most of life after a brain injury and to understand what might be the “new normal.”
Brain injuries are not a single incidence injury, but rather a chronic condition that will need to be cared for throughout life. However, there are many resources available in Texas that can help.
Understanding Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Mild traumatic brain injury, often referred to as a concussion, is a growing public concern. Knowing the signs and symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury is important so you know when to seek treatment. This video explains the basics and will help you understand why these "mild" brain injuries need to be taken seriously. A young athlete and economist share their experiences and insights.
Brain Injury in Children
Statistics show young children and youth have a higher risk of sustaining a brain injury. In the event of such an injury, although the child appears to be OK, there might be some effects that can go unnoticed. This video helps ensure parents and loved ones know exactly what to look for and what to do if a brain injury is suspected. A survivor and her mother describe their moving journey.
The fifth leading cause of disability in the United States is stroke — a type of acquired brain injury. Almost 800,000 people suffer a stroke each year. In this video, you will learn exactly what a stroke is, who is most susceptible, what the warning signs are and what you can to do help prevent a stroke. Hear the inspiring stories of rehabilitation of two survivors and their advice.
To learn more, contact the Office of Acquired Brain Injury at 512-706-7191 or by email.