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After a brain injury,
a child or adolescent may have less ability to control their own
behaviour and may say things or behave in a way that is
inappropriate, unsuitable or unacceptable. The child or adolescent is
not always aware that their behaviour is inappropriate.
children learn to hold back certain responses and behaviours that
are not appropriate for a situation. After a brain injury, if the
part of the brain that helps a child to control their behaviour is
damaged, the child may say things or behave in ways that are not
acceptable. Sometimes children, and particularly adolescents, may
behave in ways that seem inappropriate to others. But a brain
injury can make the scale of the problem larger, and it can make it
harder for children to realise or understand they may be doing
behaviour happens a lot and is affecting the family,
referral to a clinical psychologist may be recommended. The
clinical psychologist can develop individual strategies
to change and cope with the child's disinhibition. A program
would usually involve ways to develop alternative responses and
consequences for problem behaviours.
Developed by The Royal Children's
Hospital Paediatric Rehabilitation Service based on information from the Brain
Injury Service at Westmead Children’s Hospital. We acknowledge the input of RCH
consumers and carers.
Reviewed September 2020.
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