What is acquired brain injury and what effects can it have in childhood?
Acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain caused by accident such as a road traffic collision or fall; or illness such as meningitis, encephalitis, brain tumour, or hypoxia.
As well as the physical impact of an injury to the brain, the common effects of ABI can include changes in a young person’s communication skills and thinking skills (like the ability to concentrate, to remember things and to plan and organise things).
What is paediatric neuropsychological rehabilitation?
Paediatric neurorehabilitation aims to support children, their families, friends and their schools to cope with their difficulties after an injury to the brain. We aim to reduce the impact of its effects and provide tailored interventions to meet a young person’s acquired needs. It is a collaborative process where we come to understand the impact of the injury and work together to maximise the young person’s ongoing development, their participation and their quality of life.
What do children who come to the CCPNR want?
The most common rehabilitation goals that children have are related to school, coping with their emotions and having support from people who understand their injury. See the types of goals the young people we meet below:
What we do
This BBC programme with Richard Westcott gives an insight into the work we do at the CCPNR. Thanks to Zack and Kat for sharing their story!