(Source Dr M O’Sullivan, Paediatric Consultant, James Cook University Hospital, October 2015)
Research shows that the younger the child at the time of the injury, the greater the possibility of long term difficulties because:
Common problems after a brain injury show in four areas:
Click below to see the full range of potential problems experienced by children who have experienced a brain injury.
"Families and professionals spend time focusing on the negative aspects of ABI. Families need to be properly supported as 'resilience' is key to delivering successful outcomes for children and young people."
"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."
"Parent-supported interventions after pediatric ABI bring reductions to the cost to society"
"Healthy teens are better at identifying strategies to deal with barriers. KIDS WITH ABI'S CAN'T!"
"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"
"Taking brain injured children home causes high stress for families. Disjointed services exacerbate family stress levels."
"Case management for children and young people post acquired brain injury is 'pivotal' to successful outcomes and must be local"
"When different organisations assess different aspects of a child's neuro-rehabilitation needs, everyone looks at things from a different perspective and highlight needs and conflicting priorities"
"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"
"Strength-based family intervention after pediatric ABI is essential. Parents need to be equipped with the skills to cope and advocate for the child."