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A Parents Guide

Parenting a Child with Brain Injury

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 canbe magnified.

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Impact on Families

The Importance of Family after a Brain Injury

The care needs of people affected by a brain injury often fall informally onto their parents, spouse or siblings.

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Impact on Families

Relationship Changes After Brain Injury

Everyone wants to be loved, it’s a fundamental human need. We all need people to talk to and laugh with, spend time with, share ideas, worries and joys. But after brain injury our relationships with partners, family and friends can often change quite significantly.

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Impact on Families

Coping with grief and ambiguous loss

Grieving who the person used to be can be confusing, as the injured person can be physically present but psychologically absent.

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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

Protecting 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 in children

Regardless of the effects of a brain injury, parents can still bring out their children’s strengths, help them build resilience, 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

Carers find that to best manage in their caring roles they will need to take time out for themselves.

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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 taxing.

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Impact on Families

Self-Care for Carers and Family Members

Carers need to maintain their own health and wellbeing as part of their caring role.

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Impact on Families

The Importance of Family After Brain Injury

The impact of a brain injury has been likened to throwing a pebble in a pond. The ripple effect expands to partners, friends, family, carers, work colleagues and the wider community.

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Managing Behaviour

Responding to Acute Behaviour Disturbance (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

Giving feedback on behaviour

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Managing Behaviour

The message behind behaviour

There are many reasons why a person with brain injury might develop challenging behaviour.

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Managing Behaviour

What are complex and challenging behaviours?

These can be behaviours where the reasons behind the behaviour are difficult to understand or that people find hard to accept.

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