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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:
"When different organisations assess different aspects of a child's neuro-rehabilitation needs, everyone looks at things from a different perspective and have conflicting priorities"
"When someone has a brain injury, early access to local, specialist rehabilitation is crucial to ensure the maximum recovery and make significant savings to the state in health costs"
"Children and young people have poor social competence post brain injury due to reduced cognition, executive functions, and emotional control. As a result they are twice as likely to have mental health issues in the future"
"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"
"We are medical practitioners. The real experts are the parents. Over the last 35 years they have taught me everything I know"
"Parent-supported interventions after paediatric ABI bring reductions to the cost to society"
"Families need to be properly supported as 'resilience' is key to delivering successful outcomes for children and young people."
"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"
"Rehabilitation interventions can lead to positive outcomes for children and their families if delivered in the familiar home environment and applied to everyday situations"
"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"