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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

 


"Parent-supported interventions following pediatric ABI bring reductions to the cost to society"
Eric Hermans; Netherlands
"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
"New parenting support intervention showed how parenting style is related to executive dysfunction in children and young people post brain injury. With support parents cope better so the child has a better recovery"
Andrea Palacio-Navarro; Spain
"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
"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
"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
"Strength-based family intervention after pediatric ABI is essential. Parents need to be equipped with the skills to cope and advocate for the child."
Caron Gan; Canada
"Pediatric neuro-rehabilitation cannot be delivered in isolation. The needs of the child have to be looked at both holistically and within the context of the family unit. Parents need to be empowered to be parents in post-acute pediatric neuro-rehabilitation following brain injury"
The Children's Trust; United Kingdom
"Restoration of anatomical functions and relationships must be done within 2 months of brain injury"
Eyzyon Eisentein; Israel
"Healthy teens are better at identifying strategies to deal with barriers. KIDS WITH ABI'S CAN'T!"
Shari Wade; USA

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