Below is a very simplified and general explanation of neurological conditions. You may experience some or all of these things or your experience may be different. You are welcome to contact us to discuss what you are experiencing and what we can do to help.
Neurological conditions are conditions in or impacting on the brain. For example, stroke, epilepsy, brain tumours, hydrocephalus, encephalitis and so on. We could not possibly list all of the possible neurological conditions here but just wanted to let you know that we have lots of experience and specialist skills in working with children, young people and adults with neurological conditions. One of the issues we sometimes see for people with neurological conditions is that they can have different levels of ability in different areas of functioning and this can mean that they feel stuck in a grey area in terms of services and provisions. For example, when people have less than average overall cognitive functioning but not so low as to be described as having a learning disability, they need support but can struggle to access it as services are not so well resourced for this group. Or, people have average functioning in a number of areas but some particular difficulties, such as a memory difficulty, an attention issue or struggles with executive function. Or, we see people where their functioning depends on what is happening with their neurological condition or treatment at the time, for example people with epilepsy can function differently if they are having lots of seizure activity versus times when their epilepsy is well controlled.
At Brain Brolly we love brains and we want to support people whether their brains are behaving the way they want them to or not. We like to focus on people’s strengths to help them with the things they are finding more difficult. We are also aware of the impact of neurological conditions on the systems around people i.e. partners, family members, friends and so on and we want to support everyone involved.