Traumatic brain injuries topic of conference at USU

April is Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness month and on Saturday, March 27, a conference with the theme Traumatic Brain Injury-the Silent Epidemic will be held at the Utah State University Eccles Conference Center starting at 8:30 a.m. It is sponsored by the USU Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education and the Student Academy of Audiology.Topics of speakers include the anatomy of a traumatic brain injury and TBI Effects on Children and their Families.Robert Anderson will be speaking as part of a survivors panel. He says his traumatic brain injury came from the foster care system and a gymnasium program. He says it has had a devastating effect on his life.”I grew up in the special needs classes with learning disabilities, and so forth,” Anderson says. “One of the things I’d like to do is I know there are probably an awful lot of people that are going through classes with learning disabilities who are really suffering from brain injuries. “Until we recognize that, again it’s unseen, these children are not getting the right help that they need.”Planners say 80% of TBIs go undiagnosed. Two leading causes are motor vehicle accidents and falls. The public is invited to attend the conference and more information is available on the website: http://tbiconference.usu.edu.

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