The Child Brain Injury Trust has always seen brain injury as something that impacts the whole family. The support we offer has never been limited to just the child who has acquired a brain injury, it has always been about much more than that. We pride ourselves on being family focused and flexible in our approach, tailoring our services to meet each family’s unique circumstances.
As such, supporting the siblings of the child with an ABI is a big part of our work, and this May we are going to be highlighting this, as part of Action for Brain Injury Week.
We have so many resources from fact sheets to e-learning sessions that address sibling support, and more new fantastic materials in the pipeline. We have consulted the experts in this area, those children and young people who have grown up with a brother or sister who has a brain injury, and we thank them for being brave enough to share their stories and advice.
Over the coming weeks we are asking siblings to get involved by producing video or audio clips of their experiences, and helping to create some artwork for a new resource. We will also be asking older siblings if they would like to write a small blog post, that we can publish on our website. This first hand experience can be of fantastic benefit to others. Please keep an eye on our social media to find out more.
It can sometimes be much harder for a young person to express how they feel. How children react will largely depend on their age and understanding of the situation, as well as the kind of support that is available to them. Having the chance to talk to a parent, relative, family friend or another person that they feel comfortable with can make a huge difference and ease the burden for them
It is useful for school to be aware of what has happened. Your son or daughter will be dealing with a lot of emotions and if teaching staff are aware of this they might be able to identify ways in which the school or friends can provide support.
Our team of Child and Family Support Coordinators will also be on hand, to offer support and to explain brain injury in a way children and young people can understand.
There are a lot of resources available to you, right now, on our website:
Impact on the family e-learning https://www.cysalesteam.com/childbraininjurytrust/event/recorded-e-learning-impact-on-the-family?embed=1
Impact on younger siblings, support strategies
The Child Brain Injury Trust also produces a book called “Rearrange your brain” for siblings under the age of 10. This can be obtained from the Trust on 0303 303 2248 or ordered from our online shop here: