Tuesday, April 20 2021 - Wednesday, April 21 2021
9:00am - 1:00pm

Type of event: Conferences

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Our national paediatric acquired brain injury conference is once again leading the way in bringing together partners, supporters and families to consider the rehabilitation pathways for children and young people affected by ABI.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be delivering our conference online in April 2021.

Our reputation for delivering engaging, informative and valuable learning events continues to grow and we are confident that once again we will have inspiring content for you to tune in to.

Our 2021 conference is all about Finding Rehab (pathways and strategies) – there are many tried and tested theories about the various elements that make for excellent rehabilitation for children and young people, following childhood ABI. But we want to look at what’s new, exciting and innovative in the world of rehabilitation for children and young people.

We will be touching on the impact that the pandemic has had on families following ABI and the impact this may have had on access to rehab services.

The conference aims to showcase academic research, successful interventions, and highlight how professionals can embrace innovative rehabilitation in their day to day work.  It also brings together (virtually) professionals and families from all walks of life and gives everyone an opportunity to network online, learn new information, develop a greater understanding of brain injury and improve practice and care for families facing the life long journey after brain injury.



Our host for the conference is the fantastic Ben Cajee!

The speaker programme split across two mornings:


Tuesday 20th April – Finding Rehabilitation Therapies & Teenagers


Emily Bennett & Gemma Costello – National ABI Learning and Education Syndicate

Best practice guidance for supporting return to education after ABI.

Elizabeth Nightingale – Chiltern Music Therapy

Neurologic Music Therapy during a pandemic: digital legacy and implications for paediatric rehabilitation.

Emily Bennett & Ellie Williams – Nottingham Children’s Hospital

Active 8: An intervention using FitBits to increase physical activity.

Peter Sanderson – PSP Paediatric & Neuro Rehab

Managing Spasticity and Unlocking Rehabilitation Potential.

Lauren Bailey / Fran Sephton – ATtherapy

The latest speech and language therapy interventions to support the rehabilitation of children and young people with ABI.

Nicola Steel – Child Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service 

Case management in 2021: Isolation, fatigue and following the guidelines in the teenage years.

Dr Scott Ankrett – NHS Bridgewater

Improving Peer Relationships for Adolescents with ABI: Using Intervention Mapping as a Framework to Identify Targets for Intervention.

Louise Wilkinson & Petrina Sill – Child Brain Injury Trust & Eden Dora Trust

ABI Aware School Award



Wednesday 21st April – Finding Rehabilitation Technology, Concussion and Family Involvement


Chris Bryant MP 

Overview of APPG on ABI and current initiatives.

Mike Greaney – BASIC (Brain and Spine Injury Charity)

Imersive technology and neurological rehabilitation.

Sharon Leahey & Becky Woods – National Rehabilitation Hospital (Dublin)

The creative use of Assistive Technology to support children with Acquired Brain Injuries.

Gerard Anderson – Child Brain Injury Trust

CBIT in Hand

Heather Batey – [reach] Personal Injury Services Ltd

Post- Concussive Syndrome – Outcome of a pilot to develop a treatment programme for children and adolescents within a Pandemic.

Child Brain Injury Trust ABI Coordinator

Supporting rehab – a case for early intervention

Prof Vicki Anderson – Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne

Evidence-informed approaches to engaging families in their child’s rehabilitation.



Booking and pricing:

Standard tickets – £90 per delegate

NHS & Charity tickets – at a reduced rate of £75 per delegate

Family tickets – families we support can attend the virtual conference FREE of charge but must book

To book your delegate place, please email with your name, the number of tickets you would like to book and the ticket type (Standard, NHS/Charity or Family ticket).

We will then send you an invoice for the tickets via email.

If you would like any more information email


Existing delegates who have transferred from the original conference date in 2020 – you should have received an email offering you ‘buy one get one free’ for your ticket price. Please ensure you email us at to confirm you are still attending, as well as the name of the person taking the free place we have offered. You will only receive joining instructions if you have confirmed your attendance.



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