Children, young people and families living with an acquired brain injury (ABI), whether through accident, illness, injury or abuse, are rarely offered psychological therapy, and yet the benefits of such interventions can be profound. This important new book, providing a selection of practice examples and insights from frontline practitioners, will be essential reading for any paediatric therapist or clinician.
Beginning with a "life story" of the brain where emphasis is placed on how brain development is fundamentally related to its environment, the book offers key background knowledge before showcasing the core topics of assessment, psychological formulation and intervention. It features a range of therapeutic models, includes direct and indirect work, group work and family therapy, with settings varying from inpatient neurorehabilitation to community work and the transition to education. The long-term needs of those in the criminal justice system are also addressed. The closing chapters focus on the debate around effective outcome measurement and outline a vision for better services.
Elevating the voices of our children, young people and families living with ABI, this pioneering book will provide practitioners with the confidence to work collaboratively across a range of children and young people with disorders of consciousness or communication to those with behaviour that challenges others to manage. It offers new ways to understand both children’s pasts and their futures, and will be essential reading for anyone in the field.
List of illustrations
About the editors
List of contributors
Series editor’s foreword
Experts by experience reflections
Jenny Jim and Heather Liddiard
PART I: GETTING STARTED
"My life story" by the brain
An introduction to paediatric acquired brain injury
Daniel Stark, Suresh Pujar, Isobel Heyman and Tara Murphy
Assessment in paediatric acquired brain injury
Suzanna Watson and Fergus Gracey
Using biopsychosocial formulations in paediatric neurorehabilitation
Jenny Jim and Heather Liddiard
PART II: INNOVATIONS IN PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPY
Narrative-inspired interview with the brain
Child-centred play therapy for trauma: from non-verbal to narrative expression
Structured narrative therapy for children with severe acquired brain injury and severe communication difficulties
Systemic and narrative therapeutic work with families whose child has sustained a profound brain injury
Narrative approaches for behaviour that challenges post-injury
The ‘Beads of Life’ approach adapted for young people with an acquired brain injury
Sara Portnoy and Liz Ireland
Systemic storytelling following childhood acquired brain injury: a family business
Psychotherapy for children and young people with brain injury in conflict with the law
Huw Williams, James Tonks, and Simone Fox
The road to transition: a SHARED model
Laura Carroll, Elizabeth Roberts and Gemma Costello
PART III: WHAT DIFFERENCES CAN WE MAKE?
Reflections on outcome measurement in child neuropsychological rehabilitation: a child-centred approach
Katie Byard and Sophie Gosling
Our children do deserve better
Jenny Jim, Heather Liddiard and Esther Cole
Appendix: Theory-practice links in "Narrative inspired interview with the brain"