Bernadette Gillick and the Brain Plasticity Lab at the University of MN

med_content_350650 2Bernadette Gillick, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist at the University of Minnesota working with neuroplasticity to develop new ways to restore and improve motor function in the 1 in 3,000 kids affected by stroke. Published on Oct 7, 2014. Bernadette Gillick led a training seminar at Seattle Childrens on Neuroplasticity and Neurorecovery. Her work gives us huge hope for better recoveries for our loved ones.

Watch this video of Why Bernadette Gillick Does What She Does

Here’s a link to the Brain Plasticity Lab in MN to learn more about their work.

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Norman Doidge’s new book “The Way the Brain Heals”

B8KchuGCEAAYAAs (1) 2Norman Doidge, MD has been working on the question of how can we apply the principal of Neuroplasticity to recovery from brain injury to have better recoveries for years. Here is a link to his website for his new book, The Brain’s Way of Healing. The Brain’s Way of Healing extends the reach of neuroplastic treatments, to provide new hope for people who suffer from many kinds of chronic pain, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, attention deficit disorder, autism, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, learning disorders, sensory processing disorders, balance problems and provides information on how to reduce the risk of dementia by 60%.

His website also has a Frequently Asked Questions page with referrals to websites, clinics, and providers of some modalities that work with neuroplasticity.

From “The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity”

“They thought that the brain was too sophisticated for its own good. That during evolution it became so complex that it lost the ability to repair itself and to restore lost functions or to preserve itself.

They were wrong. Because it turns out that its very sophistication can be the source of a unique kind of healing… The brain’s way of healing…”

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month – Love Your Brain! :D

We chose this photo of a lush green tree to represent Brain Injury Awareness month because the branching pattern of trees reminds us of the branching growth that happens in our own brains during neuroplasticity. We’ll be featuring posts on neuroplasticity and neurorecovery on our Facebook page and website this month. This photo was taken by a young teen living with brain injury.

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Caregiver Support Group Wednesday, March 25th at 6:00 pm

Happy Spring All!

The Brain Injury Caregiver Alliance support group meeting is coming up next week! All parents and caregivers of people living with brain injury are welcome at this wonderful monthly support group.

Where: PROVAIL: 12550 Aurora Ave N, Suite B, Seattle, WA 98133
Date: Wednesday, March 25th
Time: 6-7:30
Parking: please park in the lot, below/behind PROVAIL

We attended Camp Korey’s day with Seattle Childrens, HeadStrong, and BIAWA Pediatric Brain Injury Support Group last Saturday and met great caregivers and people with special skills to help in recovery.

We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday!

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Washington State TBI Conference coming April 27 & 28!

TBI Conference coming April 27 & 28! HeadStrong will be leading a mini-Mentor Training on “Identity” at one of the breakouts sessions. We will also have a table in the Resources Room.
Contact Desiree Douglass at dld@headstrongforlife.org if you would like to help out at our table. We always have a blast and meet great new people at our state conference.

You can also register here at the TBI Council website.

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Save the Date: Bike Day! Sunday May 31st with HeadStrong and Outdoors for All!

Projects-Summer-005 2SAVE THE DATE!
Sunday May 31st is HeadStrong & Outdoors for All Bike Day!
HeadStrong & Outdoors for All will be hosting a Bike Day with bicycles of every imaginable accessibility. Join us for a great day of bicycles, picnics, and comraderie! We’ll have bikes and activities and rides for every aspiring bicyclist!

Put this very special event on your calendar and we will be posting more details: Location, time, and how to register soon.

Learn more about Outdoors for All activities.

Brain Injury Caregiver Support Group this Wednesday 1/28 at Provail

Hello all!

The Brain Injury Caregiver Alliance support group meeting is coming up this week! All parents and caregivers of people living with brain injury are welcome at this wonderful monthly support group.

Where: PROVAIL: 12550 Aurora Ave N, Suite B, Seattle, WA 98133
Date: Wednesday, January 28th
Time: 6-7:30
Parking: please park in the lot, below/behind PROVAIL

Grace, Cheryl and I attended the Forum on Caregiving for Caregivers and I am happy to share what we learned and discussed there, at our next meeting.

If you have any questions, please email or call me.

I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

Best,
Natasha

Adaptive Ski/Snowboard Day with Outdoors for All and HeadStrong

Adaptive Snowboard & Ski Day

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015
Time: 11:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Location: Summit West at Snoqualmie

11:30 am Lunch at Summit West Lodge with HeadStrong
12:00 pm Snowboarding/Skiing with Outdoors for All
2:30 pm Snacks at Lodge with HeadStrong
We will also have sledding for anyone who prefers this option.

To RSVP and Register:
Contact Desiree Douglass
360-220-1422 or dld@headstrongforlife.org
Please RSVP by January 15

Please Note: Transportation from Seattle is available. Schedule does not include transportation time & is subject to change due to weather & activity conditions.

Learn more about Outdoors for All Foundation

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