Tyler and mum

Tyler's story

Tyler, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in September 2013, has appeared in a special animated film by The Children’s Trust aimed at helping children with brain injury get the support they need in their community.

Following surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Tyler was doing well and returned to school, although she was left with a serious brain injury. As Tyler moved to secondary school, her difficulties with memory, fatigue, concentration and balance became more apparent. She felt increasingly isolated and was quickly losing confidence. The Brain Injury Community Service (BICS) supported Tyler with secondary school, ensuring she received the right assistance in class and input from local therapy teams so that she continued to improve.

In the hope that it will help children and young people experiencing similar difficulties, Tyler and her mum Liz appear in the film as illustrated characters accompanied by a personal recording of their experiences. The video explains the Brain Injury Community Service, delivered by The Children’s Trust, which offers children with acquired brain injury free clinical screening, advice and onward referral after they have been discharged from hospital and at key stages of childhood.

Liz, Tyler’s mum said: “It was great to be able to do something positive and try to help people going through the same things we have been through. It’s been a very difficult few years, and at times it felt like nobody was listening. The Brain Injury Community Service has helped us to access the support Tyler needs, and it’s reassuring to know it’s there when we need it. We’re very grateful to The Children’s Trust for its support.”

To watch and share the film, visit www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/BICS

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