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"
"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."
"NHS clinicians struggle with what intervention to prioritise in paediatric neuro-rehabilitation due to limited clinical time and the complexity of needs. Children, clinicians, parents and schools all have different neuro-rehabilitation priorities"
"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"
"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"
"Restoration of anatomical functions and relationships must be done within 2 months of brain injury"
"Participation in teen sports and normal activities leads to improved quality of life for children and young people post brain injury and helps to maximise outcomes"
"Positive and coordinated neuro-rehab interventions for children and young people is proven to bring health improvements; improve independence; reduces the need for sheltered living; decreases vulnerability; decreases drop-out rates in schools; decreases youth offending"
"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"
"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"