e) A life span view   Next a)

Building independence: take a life span view

Individuals have a life before the ABI.
They have a life after the ABI.
Rehabilitation is part of their life after the ABI.

See each individual with an ABI within the context of their life span, the time before their injury and the time after they get their injury.

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ii) Life span view

Working with people with ABI requires a life span approach.

A life span approach is about creating clear long term pathways for people. It involves having the right interventions at each point in a person's life to build their strengths and enable them to participate in and contribute to their communities.

The lifespan approach focuses on a number of significant life stages and transition points. For example:

  • working with a secondary student with an ABI would focus on working more intensively with the education system to maximise development of vocational and life skills.
  • working with a young person with an ABI who has left school might have a key objective to ensure their life and vocational skills are optimally developed for as independent a life as possible.
  • working with adults with ABI ongoing community access services and flexible respite options may be important to support people to continue participating and living in their communities.