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.
"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"
"Poor parenting styles affects children's behavior; increases their learning disability; and has a negative impact on emotions; anxiety; anger management post brain injury"
"Case management for children and young people post acquired brain injury is 'pivotal' to successful outcomes and must be local"
"Strength-based family intervention after pediatric ABI is essential. Parents need to be equipped with the skills to cope and advocate for the child."
"Healthy teens are better at identifying strategies to deal with barriers. KIDS WITH ABI'S CAN'T!"
"There are problems with getting people into neuro-rehab centres. Those most in need are often those most excluded due to a lack of socio-economic resources."
"Rehabilitation interventions can lead to positive outcomes for children and their families if delivered in the familiar home environment and applied to everyday situations"
"Parent-supported interventions after pediatric ABI bring reductions to the cost to society"
"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"
"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"