According to the dictionary, a mentor is a ‘trusted advisor or guide’. In reality it is someone who is helping you with a specific issue. It could be your career, a specific project or general life advice. Usually it is because they have experienced similar things or have been on a similar pathway.
Mentors often gain a great deal of personal satisfaction in helping others; whereas for Mentees (the person who is being mentored) it contributes to personal growth and success. Through being mentored you can improve your communication skills, learn new perspectives and ways of thinking.
Our Family Mentors will therefore offer you advice and/or guidance on your specific issue or can discuss with you what they did in their own similar situation.
It helps to discuss things with someone who really understands and has had a similar experience but have worked their way through it.
"New parenting support intervention showed how parenting style is related to executive dysfunction in children and young people post brain injury. With support parents cope better so the child has a better recovery"
"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"
"Positive and coordinated neuro-rehab interventions for children and young people is prove to bring health improvements; improve independence; a decline in the need for sheltered living; decreases vulnerability; decreases drop-out rates in schools; decreases youth offending"
"Intensive and individualized approaches work. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn't. You have to make it relevant to the child."
"Brain development is complex and prolonged. Brain plasticity is influenced by a range of factors. Plasticity provides a base for neuro-rehab therapies and treatment"
"Restoration of anatomical functions and relationships must be done within 2 months of brain injury"
"Participation in teen sports and normal activities leads to improved quality of life for children and young people post brain injury and helps to maximise outcomes"
"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"
"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."
"Often families don't have the financial capability to access services. We need to rethink how we delivery neuro-rehab services to children and young people"