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.
"Rehabilitation interventions can lead to positive outcomes for children and their families if delivered in the familiar home environment and applied to everyday situations"
"Poor parenting styles affects children's behavior; increases their learning disability; and has a negative impact on emotions; anxiety; anger management post brain injury"
"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"
"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"
"Intensive and individualized approaches work. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn't. You have to make it relevant to 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 would like to see earlier identification and support for children with brain injuries to help them succeed in school."
"Different 'experts' involved in pediatric neuro-rehabilitation come from different organisational cultures which causes conflict and has a negative effect on the outcomes for the child."
"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"
"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"