Headstrong’s mission is to help children and young adults build great lives after brain injury. As science and medicine advance our knowledge of neuroplasticity and recovery, we know that community engagement and meaningful activities are game-changers after injury. HeadStrong’s Outreach, Social Outings, and Training programs provide vital community connections and education to support the entire family. We collaborate with Harborview, Seattle Children’s, BIAWA, Outdoors for All, Camp Korey, BEST, University of Puget Sound and others to create broad community supports.
Thank You from HeadStrong!
Headstrong is a 501.c.3 non-profit organization that serves children, teens, and young adults living with brain injury and their families. We are based in King County with a second chapter in Tacoma.
“Rebuilding Identity” as a 2-hour session with discussion and exercises that help us rebuild an empowering identity after brain injury. When our desired identity is supported, it helps us find a positive role in our community and gives us powerful intrinsic motivation. We discuss social identity and the impact of brain injury on identity. We will work in small groups to create “Identity Maps” for our desired identities. Identity Maps are extremely useful in building support for our identity within our community.
Conflict Resolution Training Part 1 MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016, 5 – 6:30PM
“Conflict Resolution” will be offered over two weeks in (2) 1.5-hour sessions. In Session 1 of “Conflict Resolution”, we talk about the impact on brain injury on emotional and chemical regulation systems. We introduce the “Anger Scale” as a way of understanding the physical source of dysregulation. We discuss positive behavior supports as a key way to reduce conflict. We will do exercises in small groups on self-monitoring and self-calming skills and learn a variety of communication tools that build trust during conflict resolution. When used consistently, these tools help us and others develop successful habits in times of conflict.
Conflict Resolution Training Part 2 MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016, 5 – 6:30PM
In the Session 2 of “Conflict Resolution” we will share our experiences working with the self-monitoring and self-calming skills developing in Session 1 and work in small groups to develop “Safety Plans” or “Maps to Okay” to help us and our families during times of dysregulated difficult emotions or conflict. These plans help us prepare in advance for times when we are experiencing dysregulated emotions such as stress, anxiety, anger, or any other difficult emotion.
Outdoors for All has been providing adaptive recreation for veterans and wounded warriors for nearly twenty years. In that time we have witnessed incredible transformations and we’d like to share that success with you.
Please save the date for Wednesday, May 11th at the downtown Seattle Nordstrom headquarters for our Annual Benefit Luncheon as we honor and hear from some of Outdoors for All’s wounded warrior participants.
This year we welcome Brittney Linville as our guest speaker. Brittney and her husband Matthew have been participants in Outdoors for All’s Friday Night programs at Summit West and are also members of the Outdoors for All Cycle Team. Come to hear her testimony of how outdoor programs have positively impacted her life and how she’s been able to share these activities with her family.
Please note: The luncheon is complimentary but there is a suggested minimum donation of $150. Proceeds will benefit our adaptive recreation programs. There are only a few tables left so please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or if you would like to be table captain.
Outdoors for All transforms lives for children and adults with disabilities by making it possible to have fun in the outdoors, experience new things, and connect with others through recreation programs such as skiing, cycling, rock climbing and more.
Thank you Outdoors for All and awesome volunteers from HeadStrong, University of Puget Sound, UW, and all the families who made it happen in the slopes today at Summit at Snoqualmie. It was a majical day of sliding down snow on skis, snowboards and sitskis!