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Children & Young People

Neuro-rehabilitation for Children and Young People

With an acquired brain injury, neuro-rehabilitation means regaining as much of your life prior to the accident or illness. Whilst 100% may not always be possible – with the right help and support – significant improvements can be made. The journey towards recovery often continues for many years and our approach is to be with you for the long road, not take the short cuts.

We think recovery from an acquired brain injury is like anything – either use it or lose it! Neuro-rehabilitation therapies should therefore be delivered in a way that is tailored to individual need and at a time and place that is suitable for you and your family.

Our view is that wherever possible, children and young people should be rehabilitated at home because when the going gets tough – more often than not – home is where they want to be. So at MATRIX we provide intensive home-based rehabilitation therapy so you don’t have to travel to receive it. Our aim is to ensure your family gets what they actually ‘need’.

We also think that neuro-rehabilitation support should not be limited to health needs alone. Happiness and wellbeing has many different facets and if all are not met this can lead to negative outcomes. MATRIX’s unique approach is therefore to provide for ALL the rehabilitation needs of the child or young person to ensure they continue to improve, achieve and develop. Our neuro-rehabilitation plan therefore encompasses all aspects of a child or young person’s needs for the long term which includes aspects of health, education and social care.


"NHS clinicians struggle with what intervention to priorities in pediatric neuro-rehabilitation due to limited clinical time and the complexity of needs. Children, clinicians, parents and schools all have different neuro-rehabilitation priorities"
Recolo; United Kingdom
"Taking brain injured children home causes high stress for families. Disjointed services exacerbate family stress levels."
Deborah Andrews; New Zealand
"Thousands of children and young people living in the UK today without the help and support that can make a huge difference to their lives"
Dalton Leong; Chief Executive of the Children's Trust
"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."
Roberta De Pompeii; USA
"Strength-based family intervention after pediatric ABI is essential. Parents need to be equipped with the skills to cope and advocate for the child."
Caron Gan; Canada
"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"
Vicki Anderson; Australia
"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"
James Tonks; University of London
"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."
Barbara O'Connell; Ireland
"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada
"Poor parenting styles affects children's behavior; increased their learning disability; and had a negative impact on emotions; anxiety; anger management post brain injury"
Andrea Palacio-Navarro; Spain

OUR MISSION: To work to remove (health) inequalities for children & young people affected by acquired brain injury; and provide effective support to their families that makes a real difference.

Council for Disabled Children Lottery Funded