We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £80,000 from BBC Children in Need and Youth Futures to expand our innovative team. The new posts will be providing education support to brain injured children and young people through the COVID crises. Many of our children and young people are already years behind their peers at school and the COVID crises will only exacerbate this further. Doctors used to think that brain injured children and young people simply ‘bounced back’ post brain injury; but we know this is not the case. Many of these children and young people still have significant difficulties, up to 12 years post brain injury, that continue to have a negative impact on their lives, learning and employability. The ground-breaking team will be combining neuro-rehabilitation techniques with SEN resources to ensure their work has a lasting impact on the lives of brain injured children and young people.
"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"
"Intensive and individualized approaches work. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn't. You have to make it relevant to the child."
"Rehabilitation interventions can lead to positive outcomes for children and their families if delivered in the familiar home environment and applied to everyday situations"
"Our 10 year study proves that family-led home-based neuro-rehab interventions deliver the best 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"
"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"
"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"
"Different 'experts' involved in paediatric neuro-rehabilitation come from different organisational cultures which causes conflict and has a negative effect on the outcomes for the child."
"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"
"Taking brain injured children home causes high stress for families. Disjointed services exacerbate family stress levels."