Supporting children with acquired brain injuries
An acquired brain injury (ABI) can have a brutal impact on the lives of children and young people. Many can struggle to cope with social situations, experience memory loss and find it very difficult to follow a sequence of tasks. Children become vulnerable to bullying at school, and their life opportunities are greatly reduced.
Acquired brain injury in children is very misunderstood, which means that children do not receive the support they need. Coping with the ongoing complex needs of a child with a brain injury means that family life can become very stressful. Siblings in particular can feel sidelined, leading to resentment.
Meanwhile parents and families are often left in the dark, without the right information and support to help them. The majority of families do not have the time or money to travel and attend training, even if they desperately need and want to.
In 2014 Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity will be working in partnership with the Child Brain Injury Trust on a new webinar project. This will support families with children and young people who have acquired brain injuries.
The Child Brain Injury Trust plan to host 12 webinars with each session lasting for an hour. The topics will range widely including;
These webinars will offer opportunities to help the whole family to not just cope, but thrive and lead a full life together. Webinars will be aimed at parents, guardians and extended family members.
"In one moment, the life of a family can change forever when their child acquires a brain injury. Often families feel isolated, yet are reluctant to engage in group activities. This project will mean they can maintain their privacy, whilst seeing and hearing about others’ experiences." Louise Wilkinson, Information and Learning Manager, Child Brain Injury Trust.