As part of our in-service day, we had a talk from the Child Brain Injury Trust. After her discussion, she showed us a film made by a group of young people with acquired brain injuries i.e. injuries sustained after birth from trauma, poison or stroke.
I believe it’s safe to say that the entire staff was moved to tears, and we haven’t really stopped talking about the children’s comments, particularly with relation to their education, and how teachers had treated them, in both positive and negative ways.
The statistics suggest 1 in 30 children have an acquired brain injury: that could be one child in each standard class. Every professional should see this, and hopefully consider about their perceptions of pupils, and how what they say is perceived. And not just for ABI pupils, but for every child.