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Back to the future: rehabilitation of children after brain injury

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Rob ForsythORCiD



A mistaken optimism persists that outcomes for childhood acquired brain injury (ABI) are in general superior to those for similar injuries in adults, a misconception based on naive concepts of greater 'plasticity' in the immature brain. The challenges of rehabilitation after ABI, of bringing children 'back' to face the 'future' of completing childhood development with an injured brain, are reviewed in the context of the science of brain recovery from injury. Unrealistic expectations of recovery may cause subsequent events to be perceived as academic or employment 'failure'. The challenges of supporting children and families after ABI are reviewed.

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Author(s): Forsyth RJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Archives of Disease in Childhood

Year: 2010

Volume: 95

Issue: 7

Pages: 554-559

Print publication date: 01/07/2010

Date deposited: 30/07/2010

ISSN (print): 0003-9888

ISSN (electronic): 1468-2044

Publisher: BMJ Group


DOI: 10.1136/adc.2009.161083


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