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Insight is the awareness of yourself and others. As a result of a brain injury, a person may not be aware of the effect their behaviour may have on others, and consequently do not understand the need to change or modify their behaviour.
Following a brain injury, some people may understand their physical problems but have a limited understanding of their cognitive problems. They may have an awareness of their difficulties but be unable to understand how they then impact on them in their daily life.
People with a brain injury may understanding that they are not the person they used to be, but at the same time do not ‘feel’ any different. They may experience difficulties but not understand that their lack of insight into their behaviour may be exacerbating their problems.
Insight does usually develop over time but some people may never fully regain their awareness of their self and others. They may continue to struggle with social and professional situations and have poor interpersonal and social skills.
Non critical feedback from family, friends and colleagues can assist a person with a brain injury to gain some insight into their behaviour and its effects on others.
"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"
"Strength-based family intervention after pediatric ABI is essential. Parents need to be equipped with the skills to cope and advocate for the child."
"Taking brain injured children home causes high stress for families. Disjointed services exacerbate family stress levels."
"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"
"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"
"Healthy teens are better at identifying strategies to deal with barriers. KIDS WITH ABI'S CAN'T!"
"Parent-supported interventions following pediatric ABI bring reductions to the cost to society"
"We are medical practitioners. The real experts are the parents. Over the last 35 years they have taught me everything I know"
"Restoration of anatomical functions and relationships must be done within 2 months of brain injury"