Tuesday, September 22 2020
9:00am - 5:00pm

Type of event: Conferences

Edgbaston Stadium
Edgbaston Road
B5 7QU

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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.


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For our 13th Conference we will once again be at the home of Warwickshire County Cricket – the Edgbaston Conference Centre in Birmingham.

Our reputation for delivering engaging, informative and valuable learning events continues to grow and we are confident that once again we will have an inspirational day.

Our 2020 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 for our first bi-annual Conference we want to look at what’s new, exciting and innovative in the world of rehabilitation for children and young people.


Dr Alison Perkins, Principal Clinical Psychologist – The Children’s Trust
Introducing ‘Identity Rehabilitation’ The self-concept is a theory that all of us construct to explain our interactions with the world. It contains an evaluative judgement of our skills and attributes. Holistic rehabilitation following ABI should include promoting a resilient self-concept to help the injured individual manage the social, emotional and psychological challenges of life with a ABI. This domain of rehabilitation is increasingly recognized within the adult field of ABI (Gracey 2016). Our presentation proposes that ‘identity rehabilitation’ is also essential within paediatric ABI, and should start soon after injury whilst the ‘self’ is under developmental construction.


Elizabeth Nightingale – Chiltern Music Therapy

You Were Always On My Mind: Assessing the impact of a new collaborative approach between music and psychology for paediatric rehabilitation. Studies have begun identifying advances in therapy and rehabilitation outcomes within the joint working approach that combines neuropsychology with music therapy. The presentation will highlight the initial key findings from a pilot of this exciting project drawing upon the impact on brain injury outcomes for children and young people who received a unique Neuro Music package at the stage of assessment and in therapeutic input thereafter.



Mike Greaney, Lecturer in Physiotherapy and Senior neurological physiotherapist – University of Central Lancashire

Immersive technology and neurological rehabilitation. An overview of current evidence in the area of Virtual reality and neurological rehabilitation in the younger client. Review of a Children in Need funded project carried out in relation to treatment after a neurological injury in the younger population.





Peter Sanderson, Consultant Physiotherapist and Honorary Lecturer – PSP Paediatric & Neuro Rehabilitation Limited

Managing Neurological difficulties and Unlocking Rehabilitation Potential’ 

This presentation looks at the current evidence behind innovative treatments to manage neurological difficulties. It explores the potential to improve overall quality of life (World Health Organisation parameters of activity and participation) so that the glass ceiling of physical rehabilitation can be broken, and children and young people can fully engage with their communities and positively contribute to society. This presentation will explore the changes required to innovate our daily practice to ensure we deliver the most effective beneficial management plans to children and young people throughout the UK.


Dr Laura Smith, Clinical Psychologist and a colleague from the Birmingham Children’s Hospital (BCH), together with Sharon Machin ABI Coordinator
The Birmingham Rehabilitation Approach in Neuropsychology (BRAIN) Group

The BRAIN Group was developed to meet the psychological needs of young people, aged 11-14, with emotional and behavioural difficulties following ABI. It is a joint venture between the paediatric neuropsychology department at BCH and Child Brain Injury Trust.

The therapeutic goals of the BRAIN Group are for Young People and their families to understand the sequalae of difficulties young people may experience following a Brain Injury, and how these all interact and impact upon social, emotional and behavioural well-being.


Heather Batey, Operations Director, & Tracey Whiteley, Head Paediatric OT – [reach] Personal Injury Services Ltd

Outcomes from current trial/research around short, home-based treatment programme for Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS) in children and young people.

The pilot aimed to establish a programme that can assist with ongoing cognitive and functional issues, this will include the provision to the family and school of a tool-box of strategies to ensure promotion of independence, educational attainment and social development.

Reach Personal Injury will share up to date learning, information and exciting research into this area, as presented at the 2019 International ABI conference in Toronto, including how outcomes offer effective change in this increasingly identified area of need.


Emily Bennett, Consultant Clinical Psychologist – NABLES (National ABI in Learning and Education Syndicate)

The special interest group carry on the work of the APPG on ABI, focussing specifically on the Education aspects.

Further to the All Party Parliamentary Group review of ABI, and the resulting “Time for Change” report, Emily will be explaining about the N-ABLES (National ABI Education and Learning Syndicate) work in developing a Return to Education pathway, to assist in the initial element of finding rehab at school.





Bev Palmer, Child Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service

‘Six Psychological Hungers’

Bev Palmer is a Behaviour Specialist with over 30 years of experience working with children, young people, adults and their families who present complex needs.  This presentation will explore how meeting Berne’s Six Psychological Hungers in a healthy rather than dysfunctional way, ensures the child’s need to self-actualise is met. These inter-connected needs work together to help a child’s mental state and must be in balance in order to lead a full and happy life. We’ll look in depth at these six hungers and how you can help your clients and their family in their rehabilitation.


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 professionals and families from all walks of life and gives everyone an opportunity to network, 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.

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