We are delighted to announce that we have received funding from Comic Relief, through Tees Valley Community Foundation, to fund an innovative learning support group for parents who are living with the effects of their child’s brain injury.
The BIG for Parents Project will enable us to engage with families that are affected by a brain injury and provide support to help them navigate around and access some very disjointed public services.
The aim of setting up this group is to reduce isolation and bring family resilience by bringing parents together and offer training and skills development to deepen their understanding of acquired brain injury and provide hope for the future. Parents will learn more about relaxation methods and self care, understand better the effects of an acquired brain injury and what they can do to aid their child’s recovery.
Sessions will commence in early January and anyone wanting more information about how to join should contact Jan Rock on 01642 989116 or email her at Jan@matrixneurological.org.uk
"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"
"Strength-based family intervention after pediatric ABI is essential. Parents need to be equipped with the skills to cope and advocate for the child."
"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"
"Rehabilitation interventions can lead to positive outcomes for children and their families if delivered in the familiar home environment and applied to everyday situations"
"Often families don't have the financial capability to access services. We need to rethink how we deliver neuro-rehab services to children and young people"
"Families and professionals spend time focusing on the negative aspects of ABI. Families need to be properly supported as 'resilience' is key to delivering successful outcomes for children and young people."
"We would like to see earlier identification and support for children with brain injuries to help them succeed in school."
"We are medical practitioners. The real experts are the parents. Over the last 35 years they have taught me everything I know"
"Intensive and individualized approaches work. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn't. You have to make it relevant to the child."
"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"