Family support

We believe that with support, you and your family can offer your child the best environment to recover.

We also believe that you have an important role to play in the rehabilitation of their child. Finally, we believe that when family life is functioning well, your child is likely to respond better as well.

Our model of neuropsychological rehabilitation includes psychological support to you in this vital all-encompassing role. We make sure we support you in your emotional adjustment as a family, and help you understand how you can best aid the recovery of your child.

Research shows that one of the most important factors in brain injury outcome is family functioning (Gerring & Wade, 2012, Yeates et al. 2010, Reed, Byard & Fine, 2015 - book link). Following a brain injury both the child and the family have to adjust to a vast array of significant changes – in the child, the wider community and work of the rehabilitation team – as they grieve and adjust to the new challenges.

We facilitate conversations about difficult and emotional topics, including sadness about what has happened, the role of caring for and advocating for your child and how they fit in the rehabilitating process.

We believe that talking is a crucial aspect to optimal rehabilitation of your child and their academic, behavioural and emotional functioning.

When we work with the whole family and wider system, a narrative approach is often used. This is when emphasis is given to creating a shared story or narrative, shared documents and also enabling conversations that support identity, the building of strengths and resiliencies and hope for the future. This is for both your child and within your family as a whole.

We acknowledge also that your family may experience significant psychological distress as you care for, support and adjust to living with a child with brain injury. This can include symptoms of depression and anxiety – including post-traumatic stress disorder. We offer cognitive behavioural therapy alongside a highly specialised trauma service for children and their families affected by traumatic events.