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Oxford Children’s Rehabilitation Service

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We can provide:

  • support to the child / young person and their family to help them understand and adjust to the changes that can happen following a brain or spinal injury
  • assessment and treatment for emotional or behavioural changes that the child / young person may experience
  • liaison with schools and community services to help them support the child / young person when they leave hospital.

We work closely with the Paediatric Neuropsychology department.



We can help with the emotions of an illness, when a patient might be feeling scared, upset, anxious, worried, confused or frustrated.

We provide support and help patients cope with some of the practical problems of an illness.

For example:

  • difficulties with having blood tests or injections
  • feeling sick when taking medication
  • coping with long-term pain.

Having any medical condition can affect all of family life too. We help parents and carers, brothers and sisters, who usually have concerns. These concerns may be around behaviour and the development of young children.

Sometimes there are problems with sleeping, mealtimes or going out as a family. We give practical help for the confusing situations of dealing with everyday problems in the context of a long-term illness.

Our role within Oxford Children's Rehabilitation Service

Members of the team ask us to see a child / young person because we can help with their overall care.

Afterwards we usually feed back information to the team and to the child / young person's parents, although there may be concerns which the young person does not want discussed.

Psychologists have strict rules about confidentiality, and we can keep some things quiet if that is what the patient wants. However, we and any other person in the team must break confidentiality if keeping it would cause serious harm to a patient or anyone else. This is in line with the Children Act 2004.

Your child's appointment

It is normal for children and their parents to be seen both on their own and together. We discuss everything, from the impact of the illness to family life, school, and friends. There is no examination.

We will then work together to look at things from a fresh point of view. This includes new ways of coping with unhappy feelings and solving practical problems.

We often give the child / young person tasks to do before meeting them again.