Topics & Tips to Explain Stroke & TBI to Kids
- What the brain is and what it does
- Try to use language they understand and avoid
- It can be helpful to compare the brain to something they’re familiar with like a computer
- Specific changes that have occurred from the stroke or TBI
- Fatigue – both physical and mental
- Ways the can help or better interact with the person
Books to Help Kids Understand
Books are a great resource to helping explain situations around mental health and brain injuries. Here are some books that can help you explain stroke and TBI to young minds:
- My Grandpa Had a Stroke
- Ryan loves fishing with his grandpa. When his grandpa has a stroke and can no longer walk for feed himself, Ryan is scared and wants things to return to normal. A loving story of Ryan and his grandpa.
- Love After Stroke
- This story explores a young child’s relationship with his Gram and how love and connection can transcend verbal communication.
- Mama Just Shake It
- You can follow along with this book on YouTube as it tells the story of Aidan’s mom and how she helps him understand what happened when she had a stroke after he was born.
- Nana’s Stroke
- This storybook helps children understand both the physical and emotional changes experienced when an adult has a stroke. It’s told through the eyes of a young girl named Libby.
- Amanda’s Fall
- This book tells the story of a young girl, Amanda, who falls and has a brain injury.
Interested in adaptive practices that can help manage stress and anxiety as well as move your body? Check out on online chair yoga classes which cater to stroke survivors and individuals who have had a traumatic brain injury.
References: Stroke Association