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Law Firm Irwin Mitchell Supporting Short Animated Film

May 10th, 2016

Thanks to support from law firm Irwin Mitchell our new brain injury DVD will be provided FREE to families who are trying to deal with what is often a significant life changing experience.

‘Me and my Brain injury’ explains to the viewer how the brain works and how the connections within everyone’s brain are different.  The complex effects of a brain injury can impact on a person in many different ways, which means that no two brain injuries are the same.

The film is aimed at young people aged 10+ who are struggling to understand what has happened inside their head. it is also suitble for adults.   It explains why it’s suddenly so difficult to do things compared to the way they were before the brain injury, which may be affecting the way they think, absorb information, act, physically move and communicate.   All can have a massive effect on their lives, especially in school.

National law firm Irwin Mitchell regularly works with clients from the North-East of England and is supporting the DVD after seeing first-hand how complex the process is that people must go through after suffering a serious brain injury.

John Davis, a serious injury consultant at Irwin Mitchell, believes the film will be a big help during a rehabilitation process that can often be challenging.

He said “Through our work with people who suffer brain injuries, we know how they can transform lives, often leaving them needing long-term rehabilitation and support in order to get the very best from life”.

“One of the hardest battles is for the individual and their close family to fully understand what has happened, why it’s happened and ultimately what it means.”

“This film has been carefully created and explains a difficult subject in a very simple and effective way which will be a great help to many people.”

The innovative film has been developed with funding from the Goshen Trust and Tees Valley Community Foundation.

Jan Rock the Founder of MATRIX Neurological said: “From experience and talking to Medics we know what is provided by the NHS and also what isn’t.  We aim to fill the gaps by providing pioneering support services that will make a real difference to people affected by brain injury.  Raising awareness will also improve understanding of the effects of acquired brain injury.”

“We know how hard an acquired brain injury is to understand and to explain to others, which is why although the film is based on medical science, it simplifies the subject and shows what personalised help and support can be provide to help the brain to recover some of the lost skills and abilities.”

“Thanks to Irwin Mitchell’s support this new animated film can be provided FREE to children and young people who are affected by acquired brain injury.”


"Brain development is complex and prolonged. Brain plasticity is influenced by a range of factors. Plasticity provides a base for neuro-rehab therapies and treatment"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada
"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
"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"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada
"We are medical practitioners. The real experts are the parents. Over the last 35 years they have taught me everything I know"
Lucia Braga; Brazil
"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
"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."
Roberta De Pompeii; USA
"Case management for children and young people post acquired brain injury is 'pivotal' to successful outcomes and must be local"
Deborah Andrews; New Zealand
"When different organisations assess different aspects of a child's neuro-rehabilitation needs, everyone looks at things from a different perspective and highlight needs and conflicting priorities"
Cathy Jonson; Rehab without Walls; United Kingdom.
"Intensive and individualized approaches work. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn't. You have to make it relevant to the child."
Recolo; United Kingdom

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