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.
"Taking brain injured children home causes high stress for families. Disjointed services exacerbate family stress levels."
"With support parents cope better so the child has a better recovery"
"Different 'experts' involved in paediatric neuro-rehabilitation come from different organisational cultures which causes conflict and has a negative effect on the outcomes for the child."
"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"
"Rehabilitation interventions can lead to positive outcomes for children and their families if delivered in the familiar home environment and applied to everyday situations"
"Families need to be properly supported as 'resilience' is key to delivering successful outcomes for children and young people."
"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."
"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"
"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"