Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Program


The Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute (PBPRI) at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center is the outpatient neurological rehabilitation institute at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and audiologists at PBPRI provide interdisciplinary rehabilitation services to young children and adolescents who are recovering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) .

Why does my child need follow-up treatment after a brain injury?

Every concussion is a traumatic brain injury. Whether your child was released from the Emergency Department with no serious complications, or spent time in the hospital recovering, residual cognitive and motor difficulties may cause ongoing problems for him or her. Many children have difficulty studying, learning and socializing after a head injury. The clinicians at PBPRI can evaluate these problems and treat them so that your child can return to home, school, and community activities confidently.

What kind of problems might arise following a brain injury?

A traumatic brain injury might affect memory, organizational skills, recall, attention, and information processing. There may also be problems with balance, motor skills, social interaction, language and speech. Treatment for these problems works best in a team approach with professionals trained in neurological rehabilitation and the particular needs of the pediatric patient.
Specific areas addressed by our services include:
- Learning, studying, and attention skills
- Planning and organizational skills
- Social and pragmatic skills
- Physical strength, balance, and coordination
- Fine motor skills such as handwriting
- Vocabulary, reading comprehension and math skills
- Speech and language skills
- Self care and activities of daily living
- School readiness and classroom reintegration