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.

chapter |7 pages


Edited ByJenny Jim, Heather Liddiard

part I|81 pages

Getting started

chapter Chapter 1|16 pages

“My life story” by the brain

Edited ByJenny Jim

chapter Chapter 2|16 pages

An introduction to paediatric acquired brain injury

ByDaniel Stark, Suresh Pujar, Isobel Heyman, Tara Murphy

chapter Chapter 3|27 pages

Assessment in paediatric acquired brain injury

BySuzanna Watson, Fergus Gracey

chapter Chapter 4|20 pages

Using biopsychosocial formulations in paediatric neurorehabilitation

Edited ByJenny Jim, Heather Liddiard

part II|143 pages

Innovations in psychological therapy

chapter Chapter 5|6 pages

Narrative-inspired interview with the brain

Edited ByJenny Jim

chapter Chapter 6|11 pages

Child-centred play therapy for trauma

From non-verbal to narrative expression
ByAnne Fullalove

chapter Chapter 9|17 pages

Narrative approaches for behaviour that challenges post-injury

Edited ByEsther Cole

chapter Chapter 10|13 pages

The “Beads of Life” approach adapted for young people with an acquired brain injury

BySara Portnoy, Liz Ireland

chapter Chapter 11|11 pages

Systemic storytelling following childhood acquired brain injury

A family business
BySarah Helps

chapter Chapter 12|16 pages

Psychotherapy for children and young people with brain injury in conflict with the law

ByHuw Williams, James Tonks, Simone Fox

chapter Chapter 13|14 pages

The road to transition

A SHARED model
ByLaura Carroll, Elizabeth Roberts, Gemma Costello

part III|29 pages

What differences can we make?

chapter Chapter 14|19 pages

Reflections on outcome measurement in child neuropsychological rehabilitation

A child-centred approach
ByKatie Byard, Sophie Gosling

chapter Chapter 15|8 pages

Our children do deserve better

Edited ByJenny Jim, Heather Liddiard, Esther Cole