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.
"Strength-based family intervention after pediatric ABI is essential. Parents need to be equipped with the skills to cope and advocate for the child."
"We are medical practitioners. The real experts are the parents. Over the last 35 years they have taught me everything I know"
"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"
"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"
"Our 10 year study proves that family-led home-based neuro-rehab interventions deliver the best outcomes for children and young people"
"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."
"We would like to see earlier identification and support for children with brain injuries to help them succeed in school."
"There are problems with getting people into neuro-rehab centres. Those most in need are often those most excluded due to a lack of socio-economic resources."
"Restoration of anatomical functions and relationships must be done within 2 months of brain injury"
"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"