Acquired brain injury
While the symptoms of a brain injury in children are similar to the symptoms experienced by adults, the functional impact can be very different. Children are not little adults. The brain of a child is continuing to develop. Research has shown that a brain injury actually has a more devastating impact on a child than an injury of the same severity has on a mature adult.
The cognitive impairments of children may not be immediately obvious after the injury but may become apparent as the child gets older and faces new learning and more complex, socially appropriate behaviour.
These delayed effects can create lifetime challenges for living and learning for children, their families, schools and communities. Some children may have lifelong physical challenges. However, the greatest challenges many children with brain injury face are changes in their abilities to think and learn and to develop socially appropriate behaviours.
Our aim is one of support through the gradual and challenging process with no clear endpoint. These are very traumatic times for both parents and friends and the child, our services are designed to create stable, supporting environments, which serve as the foundations for the journey towards the small steps of recovery and rehabilitation.
Acquired brain injury – Case study
Names have been changed to protect identities.
A vehicle accident at the age of 5 left Hannah with cognitive difficulties. She requires additional needs support both in and out school.
CareTech have been working with the local educational authority to identify strategies and resources to help Hannah.
An adapted curriculum and key worker support have changed Hannah’s life. She is enthusiastic about learning and has developed a great relationship with her support team.
As well as great enthusiasm for life, Hannah has an open and amiable nature which draws people to her and enables her to integrate with her peers, both at school and socially, with minimal supervision.
With continuing support from CareTech we hope she can complete her education and eventually make a successful transition to independent living.