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Parents, Guardians & Carers

Many parents describe the experience of bringing up a child with an acquired brain injury as ‘a journey’.
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From the first diagnosis onwards, parents face new challenges at different stages along the way. With this in mind, we’ve presented our information as a series of steps.Simply pick the part of the journey that best applies to your family and explore our information from there. If you're new to acquired brain injury, the best place to start is the 'about acquired brain injury' section. It includes the basics about what a child and their family might be experiencing.
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About acquired brain injury

We bring you the basics about acquired brain injury, and more detail on individual aspects of ABI.
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Hospital stage

It is at the hospital that friends and family begin to learn more about acquired brain injury. Here, we talk about the tests a child might experience, and some tips for making this difficult time a little easier.
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Some children with acquired brain injury will experience some form of rehabilitation to help them in their recovery. Here, we look at what rehabilitation is and the kinds of therapy you might come across.
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Back at home

Returning home is a huge milestone for a family. But it can be fraught with new challenges. This section offers some practical advice on the move back home.
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Returning to education

In this section, we look at some of the decisions children and families face on the return to school, and offer advice on how to deal with them. There is guidance on talking to teachers and the Special Educational Needs process.
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Moving on: adulthood

Few of us have an easy time of it in our teenage years. This section looks at driving, employment and education for young people.

Real stories

Parents and families share their own experiences of acquired brain injury in this section.