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Análise Psicológica

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FARIA, Maria Teresa Lobato de. Abordagem multidisciplinar no acompanhamento de uma criança com Traumatismo Crânio-Encefálico. Aná. Psicológica [online]. 2006, vol.24, n.2, pp.235-245. ISSN 0870-8231.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) leads to death, long-term disabilities and constitutes a major public health problem in Europe, United States and other countries. Cognitive, behaviour and emotional changes as possible consequences of TBI are responsible for main impairments in children’s lives, including family disfunctions, social disabilities and school unachievement. These later problems are more persistent than physical incapacities and influence children’s development by conditioning their ability to learn, to perform behaviours previous to TBI and to develop socially adequate relationships. Thus, these TBI sequels require a long rehabilitation process, which has to include all the professional help needed. A.M. is an 8 years-old child attendind a 2nd grade class who in April 2002, aged 6 years old, suffered a moderate TBI following a 6 meters height fall. Consequently, A.M. presented motor, linguistic, cognitive, behavioural and emotional disabilities, which required a multi professional intervention. During one year and a half, numerous neuropsychological and developmental evaluations were performed allowing the description of the child’s clinical progression, including the effects in family functioning, school performance, social behaviour and emotional adaptation.

Keywords : Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); psychosocial effects of TBI; Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD); multi professional team intervention.

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