Are you starting high school? This is a very exciting time in one’s life, but for individuals living with a complex medical condition like hydrocephalus, it can also be a scary and intimidating step to take.
Life and tackling high school can be an overwhelming and difficult time for any teenager. But throw hydrocephalus into the mix, and you are faced with challenges the average student doesn’t have to think about. Not only do teenagers have to manage the basic social and academic struggles, but also deal with the daunting task of keeping their health in check. Coping with hydrocephalus makes it even trickier to manage all the demands of your day-to-day life.
What You Need to Know
Driving and Hydrocephalus
Receiving a driver’s license is often a rite of passage into adulthood. For many of us, it means independence and self-control. For the most part, hydrocephalus does not limit your ability to drive. However, it’s not uncommon for individuals with hydrocephalus to experience challenges with depth perception, processing speed, reaction timing, coordination, short term memory, vision, and orientation or navigational issues. Driving is a privilege and comes with many responsibilities. If you have cognitive or physical impairments the decision to move forward to get your license should not be taken lightly.
Does hydrocephalus have an impact on one’s ability to drive?
In this video, Aida Weber, OTR/L, LDI, CDRS discusses how to obtain a driving assessment to see if there is an impact on your driving skills and why it would be important to have an assessment. Become more knowledgeable about the implications for participating in a driving assessment and what to expect. Gain a better understanding of the various types of adaptive equipment for individuals with a physical disability in conjunction with hydrocephalus.
From 0 to 60: Driving and Hydrocephalus
For teenagers, learning to drive and getting a license is an important rite of passage. Having hydrocephalus adds a layer of complexity to the learning process.
Navigating Social Interactions Growing Up with Hydrocephalus
In Dan's new blog, he talks about growing up with a chronic medical condition and navigating social interactions with his school peers.
Never Give Up
Ariel Yong follows up on the topic of our recent video blog by Debby Buffa about kids with hydrocephalus playing sports by talking about the lessons she learned as an athlete.
Teen Voices: Taking on High School with No Regrets
Starting high school can be tough, especially when you are dealing with a medical condition such as hydrocephalus. Madeleine shares her advice for taking on high school.
Medical Alert IDs and Hydrocephalus
Without proper identification of a medical condition like hydrocephalus, common symptoms, such as headaches, dizziness, sleepiness, and vomiting can be misdiagnosed and appropriate care could be jeopardized or delayed.
Google Calendar, My Best Friend
What is the best app you've found? Lauren, a college student, shares how google calendar helps her keep track of the tasks she needs to do throughout the day.
Practical Tips and Tools for Dealing with Memory and Executive Function Challenges
Common routines can be uncommonly difficult for individuals faced with memory and executive function challenges. This video explores what is meant by the term “executive dysfunction” and how executive functions are essential in day-to-day functioning. You'll learn practical tips and tools to support individuals living with these challenges to help increase their level of independence.
HydroAssist® is the first mobile app that allows you to record and store your hydrocephalus treatment history and access it when you need it from your mobile device or through you computer or laptop.