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A Parents Guide

Adult Children

A brain injury can be a devastating experience for the parents of an injured adult child.

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A Parents Guide

Reactions and responses to a child's brain injury

Brain injury in a child causes many different reactions in the family. There is no single, predictable pattern but the ongoing emotional stress can be very difficult.

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A Parents Guide

Your Child's Development

A brain injury can disrupt the long and complicated process to move from childhood through to being a mature adult.

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A Parents Guide

Promoting your family's wellbeing

In the aftermath of your child acquiring a brain injury it can be easy to neglect your family. Caring for a child with a brain injury can take a great deal of time and energy. It's easy for everyone else's needs to get side-lined, and difficult to get the balance right.

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A Parents Guide

Language and Living Skills

Language and everyday living skills may need particular attention to ensure that a child with a brain injury recovers to the fullest extent possible over the years.

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A Parents Guide

Building social skills

Children and young people with a brain injury may have difficulty with the social skills that most of us take for granted.

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A Parents Guide

Balancing risk and independence for children with a brain injury

Growing up involves taking risks - this is normal as young people 'test the waters' and move towards independence and adulthood.

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A Parents Guide

Challenging behaviour

Parents generally want the best for their children. Despite obstacles presented by a brain injury, parents can still bring out their children's strengths, help them to ride out the difficulties, and enable them to develop to their full potential.

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A Parents Guide

The early days after your child’s brain injury

Raising a child brings challenges to all parents, and for parents of a child with a brain injury, those challenges can be magnified.

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Impact on Families

Respite for Carers

Long term carers find that surviving is a matter of taking time out for themselves. Part of this may just be taking time for a cuppa during each day, but often longer breaks are needed.

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Impact on Families

Support needs of carers

One of the issues with a brain injury is its incredible complexity which affects each individual differently. This causes significant problems when trying to predict prognosis, recovery outcome, and establishing the injured individual's needs during the recovery process.

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Impact on Families

Managing stress and the caring role

Caring for a family member with a brain injury is one of the most difficult challenges that can confront a family especially for those providing direct care.

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Impact on Families

Mental Health - Depression and Carers

Caring for someone can be a 24 hour job that is emotionally, physically and financially very stressful. 

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Impact on Families

Self-Care for Carers and Family Members

Carers need to maintain their health and wellbeing to be in the best frame of mind to care for another individual.

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Impact on Families

Impact of Brain Injury on Families and Carers

Caring for a person with a disability is one of the most difficult challenges that can confront a family especially for those providing direct care.

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Managing Behaviour

Responding to a crisis

Brain injury can sometimes result in behaviour that is dangerous to the person with the injury and those around them.

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Managing Behaviour

The ABC Approach to Behaviour Support

The ABC model is an effective way to understand challenging behaviour and develop suitable responses within a positive behaviour support plan.

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Managing Behaviour

Positive behaviour support

Traditional approaches to managing behaviour have been largely ineffective - a more effective approach is positive behaviour support.

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Managing Behaviour

Giving feedback on behaviour

Clear, direct and immediate feedback is a key part of a positive response to challenging behaviours after a brain injury.

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Managing Behaviour

The message behind behaviour

There are many reasons why a person with brain injury might develop challenging behaviour. Understanding the message behind the behaviour is key to helping in a constructive and positive way.

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Managing Behaviour

Understanding challenging and complex behaviours

Challenging and complex behaviours are common following a brain injury where there is damage to areas of the brain that control impulses and regulate emotions. 

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