A slippery descent: Adolescent traumatic brain injury

Peter L. Stavinoha

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


With prom approaching in the spring, Judy's high school planned several fundraisers to cover the cost of decorations. This included an annual fall carnival that typically attracted several hundred schoolchildren from small towns across several rural counties. Judy, a beautiful 15-year-old sophomore, was working atop the inflatable slide, where she was in charge of making sure that children safely made the transition from the top of the steps to the slippery descent. Judy gladly paid her dues by working the carnival, because she knew that her junior and senior proms would be supported by the efforts of underclassmen similar to herself. As Judy grew a bit weary of transferring one grade schooler after another from steps to slide, a breeze began to pick up. Hardly anyone paid much attention to the dark gray-blue line of clouds coming from the north, and those who did welcomed the cool air accompanying the cold front that was supposed to pass through that afternoon. However, as often happens on the plains, there was no warning that the front would bring with it a wall of wind at least 40 miles per hour strong.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPediatric Neuropsychology Case Studies
Subtitle of host publicationFrom the Exceptional to the Commonplace
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780387789644
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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