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:
"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"
"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."
"Healthy teens are better at identifying strategies to deal with barriers. KIDS WITH ABI'S CAN'T!"
"Parent-supported interventions following pediatric ABI bring reductions to the cost to society"
"Intensive and individualized approaches work. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn't. You have to make it relevant to the child."
"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"
"Poor parenting styles affects children's behavior; increased their learning disability; and had a negative impact on emotions; anxiety; anger management post brain injury"
"Rehabilitation interventions can lead to positive outcomes for children and their families if delivered in the familiar home environment and applied to everyday situations"
"Restoration of anatomical functions and relationships must be done within 2 months of brain injury"
"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"