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The impact of brain injury on education: what SENCos and teachers need to know

Online (Microsoft Teams)
Wednesday 1st March 2023 (16:00-17:30)

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SEN and Disabilities Seminar Series 2022/23

Presented by Dr Emily Bennett and Dr Emily Talbot, Paediatric Neuropsychology Service, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

It is estimated that, by the time they leave school, the equivalent of one child per class will have experienced a brain injury of some kind. This seminar will raise awareness of the impact an acquired brain injury (ABI) on the child’s learning and cognition. It will emphasise the significance of an injury in childhood across a child’s development and time within education. Practical strategies for support will be discussed and consideration given to how educators can access further information and advice about ABI, both on a local and national level.

Dr Emily Bennett is a Clinical Psychologist specialising in paediatric neuropsychology and neurorehabilitation. She works within the Paediatric Neuropsychology Service at the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, and is the lead psychologist for the Trust’s paediatric neurorehabilitation (BRILL Team) service. Emily’s clinical work involves supporting children, adolescents and young adults with acquired brain injury and complex neurological, neuro- oncological and neurosurgical conditions.

In addition to her clinical role, Emily is involved in lecturing on paediatric neuropsychology on Doctorate, Masters and Undergraduate courses for The University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Lincoln. Emily is actively involved in research, with a particular focus on paediatric brain injury and neuro-rehabilitation, physical activity after childhood brain injury, and education. Emily also works with educational psychology colleagues, and collaborates on the development of provision for children and young people with an acquired brain injury in education.

More recently, she has been closely involved in the ‘Time for Change’ education agenda of an All Party Parliamentary Group hoping to secure better awareness, provision, and support for people with an ABI.

Dr Emily Talbot is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the Paediatric Neuropsychology Service within the Department of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology of Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust. Her clinical work involves working with children, adolescents and young adults with acquired brain injury and neurological, neuro-oncological and neurosurgical conditions. Her specific clinical and research interests are in encephalitis and epilepsy in childhood, and paediatric acquired brain injury.

Emily has carried out research looking at the health-related quality of life of children post-encephalitis and collaborated on a number of projects/publications aiming to support an understanding of the longer term outcomes for children and adolescents after encephalitis.


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