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.
"There are problems with getting people into neuro-rehab. Those most in need are often those most excluded due to a lack of socio-economic resources."
"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"
"Our 10 year study proves that family-led home-based neuro-rehab interventions deliver the best outcomes for 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"
"Case management for children and young people post acquired brain injury is 'pivotal' to successful outcomes and must be local"
"Taking brain injured children home causes high stress for families. Disjointed services exacerbate family stress levels."
"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"
"Parent-supported interventions after paediatric ABI bring reductions to the cost to society"
"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"
"We are medical practitioners. The real experts are the parents. Over the last 35 years they have taught me everything I know"