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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    WHat sort of recovery can be expected from children with acquired brain injury?

    Is there an absolute time limit on how long children with ABI may still see rehabilitation progress?

    I have had one psychologist state that “after 2 years” “no progress can be expected”.

    Other specialists have said it depends upon the child and injury but may have progress until the brain stops developing at aged 23 - 25 years however there is no cut off line for all ABI cases of rehab.
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  • Tina Garrett

    Occupational Therapist (OT)

    Well Now Health Solutions offers high quality occupational therapy services to the adult population in Gympie and the surrounding regions. Our occupational therapy services aim … View Profile

    As the specialists have remarked, recovery from a brain injury is dependent on a number of factors and is not limited to a specific time period.  Usually, most of the recovery occurs in the first couple of years, but this is a generalisation.  Recovery progressively slows from the post acute phase but gains can still be made.

    Engagement in a treatment/rehabilitation program that is continually graded to provided new challenges that build on existing/gained skills and abilities will foster progress.  It is important to keep providing input and give plenty of opportunities for new neural pathways to develop.

    It can be helpful to stay in touch with a qualified health professional (such as an occupational therapist) with experience in ABIs to offer encouragement and advice.

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