In one year – 2018/19
That is almost 2000 children and young people living with the hidden effects of a traumatic brain injury in ONE year. Times that by 10 years and it becomes a significant number.
Research shows that the younger the child at the time of the injury, the greater the possibility of long term difficulties because:
We believe this is down to a lack of awareness and understanding across a range of community professionals and a lack of knowledgeable support to aid recovery.
Common problems after a brain injury show in four distinct areas:
Click below to see the full range of potential problems experienced by children who have experienced a brain injury.
"Pediatric neuro-rehabilitation cannot be delivered in isolation. The needs of the child have to be looked at both holistically and within the context of the family unit. Parents need to be empowered to be parents in post-acute pediatric neuro-rehabilitation following brain injury"
"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"
"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"
"Rehabilitation interventions can lead to positive outcomes for children and their families if delivered in the familiar home environment and applied to everyday situations"
"With support parents cope better so the child has a better recovery"
"We are medical practitioners. The real experts are the parents. Over the last 35 years they have taught me everything I know"
"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."
"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"
"Families need to be properly supported as 'resilience' is key to delivering successful outcomes for children and young people."