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."
"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"
"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."
"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"
"Case management for children and young people post acquired brain injury is 'pivotal' to successful outcomes and must be local"
"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"
"Taking brain injured children home causes high stress for families. Disjointed services exacerbate family stress levels."
"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"
"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"