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The answer is, very little. Yet around 1,000 children suffer a traumatic brain injury every year, and most of these are related to road traffic accidents.
It goes without saying that to ensure these children receive the right treatment at the right time is extremely important, and can make all the difference to their chances of recovery. But the sad fact is that there are not many neurorehabilitation providers who deliver the services children need to get better.
At Reach we understand the difference and nuances when rehabilitating a child in comparison to an adult. We also work together with other rehabilitation services because no service can work effectively in isolation. The right rehab, at the right time, is essential to ensure that all TBI children benefit from the best possible service and outcome.
Failure to access the right treatment at this early stage can have a negative effect, not only on the psychological health of a child with a TBI, but on their education, their employment opportunities, and their social relationships in later life.
An important point is that the ongoing impacts of traumatic brain injury for children can be severe; not only do they sustain injuries that can be life changing, many of them also suffer consequential societal impacts. A child with a TBI at school will often struggle to communicate and demonstrate antisocial behaviours with peers. Some of the time this results in rejection and teasing in the playground and can have detrimental effects on the child’s wellbeing and self-esteem.
At Reach we consider all societal impacts of a traumatic brain injury that a child may experience. Our 28 years of experience of providing personalised rehabilitation programmes are proven to result in a lifetime of benefits for the child, their family and their peers.
When rehabilitation and other support programmes work together on shared goals, they can provide a comprehensive service which optimises the outcomes. Early coordinated intervention is most beneficial, and for this reason an independent approach can be invaluable.
At Reach we create a tailored programme to suit the child’s stage in life. This ensures that all the child’s needs are being met, and the child is participating in the best possible treatment plan for optimum recovery.
We understand that even while a child with a traumatic brain injury is benefiting from a rehabilitation programme, their siblings might feel left out, or behave negatively toward the situation. To counter this Reach adopts a collaborative approach which involves helping the siblings through coping methods, counselling and CBT.
We make it our priority to improve life for TBI children and restore them to as near to the pre-accident situation as possible to prepare them for the future. We also try to improve life for their siblings and their families through timely, skilled and appropriate intervention.