• Breathing, Heart Rate, Swallowing Reflexes to seeing and hearing (Startle Response). Controls sweating, blood pressure, digestion, temperature (Autonomic Nervous System). Affects level of alertness. Ability to sleep.
  • Sense of balance (Vestibular Function).

Observed Problems:

  • Deceased vital capacity in breathing, important for speech. Swallowing food and water (Dysphagia). Difficulty with organization/perception of the environment. Problems with balance and movement. Dizziness and nausea (Vertigo).
  • Sleeping difficulties (Insomnia, Sleep Apnea).

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“If a disease were killing our children in the proportions that [brain] injuries are, people would be outraged and demand that this killer be stopped.”  – Former Surgeon General Everett Koop, MD

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(Source for these posts): Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon, 2002-2006)