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
"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"
"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"
"Restoration of anatomical functions and relationships must be done within 2 months of brain injury"
"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"
"Poor parenting styles affects children's behavior; increased their learning disability; and had a negative impact on emotions; anxiety; anger management post brain injury"
"Taking brain injured children home causes high stress for families. Disjointed services exacerbate family stress levels."
"Different 'experts' involved in pediatric neuro-rehabilitation come from different organisational cultures which causes conflict and has a negative effect on the outcomes for the child."
"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."
"Strength-based family intervention after pediatric ABI is essential. Parents need to be equipped with the skills to cope and advocate for the child."
"When someone has a brain injury, early access to local, specialist rehabilitation is crucial to ensure the maximum recovery and make significant savings to the state in health costs"