Matrix Neurological is delighted to announce we have been successful in securing funding from the South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group from their Community Innovation Fund. This funding will enable us to recruit a family support worker who will provide advocacy and support to parent carers of children living with a brain injury. They will work closely with parents in hospital to offer help and support during the discharge process and continue to support them once their child is back at home. There will also be practical help and support through our volunteer scheme where our volunteers will offer a befriending service and a listening ear as well as offer practical support.
"Children and young people have poor social competence post brain injury due to reduced cognition, executive functions, and emotional control. As a result they are twice as likely to have mental health issues in the future"
"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"
"Taking brain injured children home causes high stress for families. Disjointed services exacerbate family stress levels."
"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"
"Poor parenting styles affects children's behavior; increased their learning disability; and had a negative impact on emotions; anxiety; anger management post brain injury"
"Positive and coordinated neuro-rehab interventions for children and young people is prove to bring health improvements; improve independence; a decline in the need for sheltered living; decreases vulnerability; decreases drop-out rates in schools; decreases youth offending"
"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"
"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"
"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."