Explaining Brain Damage to Siblings

Mom, when is he going to eat with his hands?

Mom, when is he going to crawl on the floor?

Mom, when he gets bigger and starts walking is he going to play with me?

Mom, when can he go on the swings with me?


I am constantly trying to find ways to explain things to Diva in a way that her 6 year old mind can understand and not be completely overwhelmed by what Superman goes through. Extended hospital stays and constant doctors appointments already overwhelm what was supposed to be her typical childhood. And quite honestly, I am still overwhelmed most days. Its a lot to process for an adult. How do you explain to her that she didn’t quite get the brother she was expecting? We answer questions about him as they come up but have never really sat down and explained the ‘whole’ of the situation.

I was doing some work one night at the computer while she was eating dessert and watching Netflix – I was absolutely astounded at the in-depth explanation of the brain and what it controls. I went in to see what show she was watching and tried to start explaining some of his issues. Well, the timing must not have been right because she just wasn’t having it. But this show is a fantastic tool to use if you are trying to explain brain damaged areas to a younger school aged child that isn’t quite old enough to grasp the full blown explanation.

And the best part? Its available on YouTube in two parts! I highly suggest watching it with your child and pausing it to talk about the different parts of the brain – although its a game show type show – its incredibly informative!! And with the game show quality of the episode you can use their questions to see how much your child learned about the brain!

You can find the episodes here:

Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman part 1

Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman part 2

I hope this helps! Please post your thoughts or comments or other tools you have found in the comments!


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