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Children & Young People

Neuro-rehabilitation for Children and Young People

With an acquired brain injury, neuro-rehabilitation means regaining as much of your life prior to the accident or illness. Whilst 100% may not always be possible – with the right help and support – significant improvements can be made. The journey towards recovery often continues for many years and our approach is to be with you for the long road, not take the short cuts.

We think recovery from an acquired brain injury is like anything – either use it or lose it! Neuro-rehabilitation therapies should therefore be delivered in a way that is tailored to individual need and at a time and place that is suitable for you and your family.

Our view is that wherever possible, children and young people should be rehabilitated at home because when the going gets tough – more often than not – home is where they want to be. So at MATRIX we provide intensive home-based rehabilitation therapy so you don’t have to travel to receive it. Our aim is to ensure your family gets what they actually ‘need’.

We also think that neuro-rehabilitation support should not be limited to health needs alone. Happiness and wellbeing has many different facets and if all are not met this can lead to negative outcomes. MATRIX’s unique approach is therefore to provide for ALL the rehabilitation needs of the child or young person to ensure they continue to improve, achieve and develop. Our neuro-rehabilitation plan therefore encompasses all aspects of a child or young person’s needs for the long term which includes aspects of health, education and social care.


"Often families don't have the financial capability to access services. We need to rethink how we delivery neuro-rehab services to children and young people"
Vicki Anderson; Australia
"Our 10 year study proves that family-led home-based neuro-rehab interventions deliver the best outcomes for children and young people"
Lucia Braga; Brazil
"Parent-supported interventions following pediatric ABI bring reductions to the cost to society"
Eric Hermans; Netherlands
"Different 'experts' involved in pediatric neuro-rehabilitation come from different organisational cultures which causes conflict and has a negative effect on the outcomes for the child."
Barbara O'Connell; Ireland
"We need to harness the power of brain plasticity for treating children and young people with brain injury. Stressful experiences alter brain development of a child, especially at the key ages of 0-3 and at ages 10-16"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada
"NHS clinicians struggle with what intervention to priorities in pediatric neuro-rehabilitation due to limited clinical time and the complexity of needs. Children, clinicians, parents and schools all have different neuro-rehabilitation priorities"
Recolo; United Kingdom
"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada
"Too often children and young people with ABI are discharged from hospital without specialist brain support that they and their families need to overcome lifelong challenges"
Andrew Ross; former Chief Executive of the Children's Trust
"Participation in teen sports and normal activities leads to improved quality of life for children and young people post brain injury and helps to maximise outcomes"
Claire Willis; Australia
"Case management for children and young people post acquired brain injury is 'pivotal' to successful outcomes and must be local"
Deborah Andrews; New Zealand

OUR MISSION: To work to remove health inequalities for children & young people affected by acquired brain injury; and provide effective support to their families that makes a real difference.

Council for Disabled Children Lottery Funded