What does neuro-rehabilitation do?
‘Rehabilitation aims to reduce the impact of (brain) injury by resoration of damaged function, or compensation for lost function, within the limitations of underlying diseas, to optimise physical, cognitive, psychological and social function.’
(Seeley & Hutchinson, 2006)
What do we know?
From adult studies of traumatic brain injury:
Better access to neuro-rehabilitation associated with better outcomes means people:
Additionally, the outcome of a paediatric acquired brain injury is related to family function, economic factors and social support
Neuro-rehabilitation is most effective if:
"Parent-supported interventions following pediatric ABI bring reductions to the cost to society"
"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"
"Too often children and young people with ABR are discharged from hospital without specialist brain support that they and their families need to overcome lifelong challenges"
"We are medical practitioners. The real experts are the parents. Over the last 35 years they have taught me everything I know"
"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"
"Rehabilitation interventions can lead to positive outcomes for children and their families if delivered in the familiar home environment and applied to everyday situations"
"Taking brain injured children home causes high stress for families. Disjointed services exacerbate family stress levels."
"We would like to see earlier identification and support for children with brain injuries to help them succeed in school."
"When different organisations assess different aspects of a child's neuro-rehabilitation needs, everyone looks at things from a different perspective and highlight needs and conflicting priorities"
"Positive and coordinated neuro-rehab interventions for children and young people is prove to bring health improvements; improve independence; a decline in the need for sheltered living; decreases vulnerability; decreases drop-out rates in schools; decreases youth offending"