What is ABI

What is an Acquired Brain Injury?

An Acquired Brain Injury is a complex and individual condition.

People with an acquired brain injury may have difficulty controlling, coordinating and communicating their thoughts and actions, but generally retain their intellectual abilities.

There is little awareness and understanding in the community about brain injury and the impact it can have. The brain controls every part of our being: physical, intellectual and emotional. Even a mild brain injury can result in a serious disability, often for the rest of a sufferer’s life.
Examples of acquired brain injuries include Multiple Sclerosis, brain tumours, strokes, traumatic brain injuries caused by an accident or fall or other degenerative neurological diseases.

Young people with a brain injury tend to get tired more quickly, have difficulty with short-term memory and find it difficult to concentrate. However, they often do not lose their intelligence; they lose the ability to communicate and function physically.

Rehabilitation is vital for a person’s recovery. Physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and music therapy all help them to relearn skills. They also need specialised equipment.

Equally important for the best possible recovery is living with people the same age.

The vast majority of young people with brain injury end up in aged care facilities. This is despite their largely unaffected intellectual capacity.

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