HeadStrong Mentor Trainings – Spring 2015

HeadStrong Mentor Trainings – Spring 2015
University of Puget Sound, Weyerhauser Hall
Tacoma, WA
May 4 – Identity & Meaningful Projects
The HeadStrong Mentor Training Program is designed to train professionals, family members, caregivers, tutors, and anyone living or working with people who live with brain injury. Mentoring is a traditional way societies pass on knowledge by working side by side and setting a positive example. This training will help you be an empowering support person.
The Mentor Training includes four key modules:

  • Identity After Brain Injury
    Meaningful Projects & Activities
    Positive Behavior Supports
    Conflict Resolution

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Be A Camp Korey Star!! June 6, 2015

Be a Camp Korey Star!

On Saturday, June 6 Camp Korey plans on filming a special video to showcase our Camp Spirit and kick-off summer (June 21). We are searching for campers, families, volunteers and supporters to come out to camp from 12:45 – 3 PM to star in a video and photo shoot, where we will film the biggest camp cheer ever at Camp Korey! All participants will be required to sign a media release, granting Camp Korey the right to distribute and share all content from the day on our website and social media channels. This is a special media project only for filming and photography, no additional activities will take place. Please dress in your Summer Camp Spirit best with Camp Korey t-shirts, bright colors, goofy sunglasses and more! Please refrain from large hats, so that everyone’s smiling face is visible!


Tentative Schedule Includes:
12:45-1 PM Check-In & Filming Placement
1:15 Camp Cheer Practice
1:30 Camp Cheer Video Filming
2 PM Group Photo (outside, weather permitting)
2:30 Thank You Snacks in the Hippodrome
3 PM End of Program
Be part of our 2015 Summer Kick-off! Register online today. Space is limited, and will fill on a first come, first served basis. Registration closes on Friday, May 8. If you have any additional questions, please contact Shivani Gogna, camperrecruiter@campkorey.org or call 425-844-3226.


BIAWA Accepting Applications for Academic Scholarships Now

The Brain Injury Alliance of Washington (BIAWA) envisions a world where every person already affected by the impact of Brain Injury benefits from resources that maximize his/her quality of life. Our Academic Scholarship Program is an important part of our continued efforts to actualize this vision.


BIAWA awards scholarships in three categories: two scholarships for full time or part time students with a brain injury, in Eastern and WesternWashington, and one scholarship to an individual pursuing a higher degree. Scholarships are in the amount of $1,000.00, pro-rated for part time students based on credit load. Click Here to view applicant qualifications, requirements, and details on how to apply. The deadline to apply for the 2015/2016 Academic Year is June 30th, 2015.

Please share this information with Brain Injury survivors and the professionals that care for them. We look forward to receiving applications and wish all applicants the best of luck!

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.