Children & Young People’ Services

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.

Recovery following an acquired brain injury requires support to help a person to regain lost skills.  This is so important because if you don’t use them; you lose them! We believe that neuro-rehabilitation interventions should be delivered following a detailed assessment and 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 home is where they want to be – not in a hospital. Children also improve as they start to resume a ‘normal’ life with their family around them. So at MATRIX we provide personalised home-based rehabilitation therapy so you don’t have to travel to receive it. Our aim is to ensure your family gets what you actually ‘need’ not what is provided.

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 support plans 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.


"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."
Barbara O'Connell; Ireland
"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada
"Parent-supported interventions after paediatric ABI bring reductions to the cost to society"
Eric Hermans; Netherlands
"When someone has a brain injury, early access to local, specialist rehabilitation is crucial to ensure the maximum recovery and make significant savings to the state in health costs"
Headway; United Kingdom
"With support parents cope better so the child has a better recovery"
Andrea Palacio-Navarro; Spain
Child 1 - Aged 14 and 3 years after a traumatic brain injury
2019 2020 Change
REASONING 301/800 426/800   +  125
MEMORY 181/800 304/800   +  123
ATTENTION 463/800 573/800   +  110
COORDINATION 47/800 309/800   +  262
PERCEPTION 158/800 374/800   +  216
"Families need to be properly supported as 'resilience' is key to delivering successful outcomes for children and young people."
Roberta De Pompeii; USA
"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"
Vicki Anderson; Australia
"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
"We are medical practitioners. The real experts are the parents. Over the last 35 years they have taught me everything I know"
Lucia Braga; Brazil

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

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