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Neuro-rehabilitation

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:

  • are more likely to be discharged home
  • have a shorter hospital stay
  • have better functional outcome which was maintained after period of rehabilitation has ended
  • decreases levels of distress of carers

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:

  • It is delivered by a co-ordinated multi-disciplinary team with an interdisciplinary approach
  • There is goal setting and assessment
  • There is a key worker to communicate and provide advocacy for the child and the family
  • It is individually tailored to need
  • Is seamless
  • It is meaningful and delivered in relevant context
  • An appropriate level of therapy and support is provided
  • Access to suitable educational provision is available
  • Psychological needs are addressed
  • It involves and supports the family

 


"Thousands of children and young people living in the UK today without the help and support that can make a huge difference to their lives"
Dalton Leong; Chief Executive of the Children's Trust
"There are problems with getting people into neuro-rehab centres. Those most in need are often those most excluded due to a lack of socio-economic resources."
Vicki Anderson; Australia
"Healthy teens are better at identifying strategies to deal with barriers. KIDS WITH ABI'S CAN'T!"
Shari Wade; USA
"Parent-supported interventions following pediatric ABI bring reductions to the cost to society"
Eric Hermans; Netherlands
"Intensive and individualized approaches work. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn't. You have to make it relevant to the child."
Recolo; United Kingdom
"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
"Poor parenting styles affects children's behavior; increased their learning disability; and had a negative impact on emotions; anxiety; anger management post brain injury"
Andrea Palacio-Navarro; Spain
"Rehabilitation interventions can lead to positive outcomes for children and their families if delivered in the familiar home environment and applied to everyday situations"
Cerebra; United Kingdom
"Restoration of anatomical functions and relationships must be done within 2 months of brain injury"
Eyzyon Eisentein; Israel
"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 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