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A simple explanation of attention is the behavioural and cognitive process of selectively concentrating on one thing. It enables the brain to provide clarity, without being distracted by other ongoing trains of thought. Even minor head injuries can result in problems with attention.
The different types of attention are:
Attention is critical for cognitive functions. Problems with attention and concentration result in difficulties with:
Attention can be improved by:
"Strength-based family intervention after pediatric ABI is essential. Parents need to be equipped with the skills to cope and advocate for the child."
"We would like to see earlier identification and support for children with brain injuries to help them succeed in school."
"Parent-supported interventions after paediatric ABI bring reductions to the cost to society"
"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."
"We are medical practitioners. The real experts are the parents. Over the last 35 years they have taught me everything I know"
"We need to harness the power of brain plasticity for treating children and young people with brain injury, especially at the key ages of 0-3 and at ages 10-16"
"Families need to be properly supported as 'resilience' is key to delivering successful outcomes for children and young people."
"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"