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Joanne Susi

"It's the difference between surviving and thriving...and I'm thriving here."Joanne Susi was BIA-MA's keynote speaker at the 35th Annual Brain Injury Conference. On March 16, 2011, Joanne Susi's life was transformed. After three long years in a nursing home, she moved into the community as a result of the ABI Waiver Program. Read Joanne's story

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Think A-Head

Think A-Head (TAH) is a dynamic school-based program that has been teaching students to avoid risk-taking behavior and develop healthy living habits for nearly 20 years. This curriculum is tailored to the age of the students and to the specific needs of the school and community. BIA-MA has completely revamped Think A-Head to be a more effective educational and prevention tool. We now offer three distinct programs, Think A-Head for elementary students (Grades 1-4), middle school students (Grades 5-8), and high school students (Grades 9-12).

Watch this video to get a sense of what a fabulous program this is:

 

For more information, please contact jcote@biama.org, or call 508-475-0032.

About Think A-Head

The Think A-Head (TAH) program has been very well-received. In the period from September 2015 through June 2016, there have been 93 TAH programs at 40 different schools reaching over 7,800 students. Of the 42 different schools the participation breakdown was 40% elementary schools, 10% middle schools, and 40% high schools / driving schools.

Quotes received from the schools include:

"You did it again, the Think A-Head program wasa great success at our school for another year! Thank you for making this life-saving information available to our students!" - Middle School Teacher, Lynnfield, MA

"Thank you for bringing this very important message in an age-appropriate program." - Elementary School Teacher, Worcester, MA

"The students were very engaged and were glued to the presentation the entire time and interacted with the presenter throughout the presentation." - High School Health and Wellness Coordinator, Everett, MA

The Think A-Head program includes engaging content and interactive activities for all students and focuses on these core issues:

  • Brain Injury: general knowledge of the brain, brain injuries, high-risk groups and behaviors

  • Recess and Playground Safety: ways in which students can stay safe playing outside and on playground equipment

  • Pedestrian and Helmet Safety: ways to stay safe when walking and riding a bike

  • Seatbelts: the benefits of using them and the detriments of not using them

  • Drugs and Alcohol: an in-depth discussion on how different types of drugs affect the teenage body and brain

  • Distracted Driving: how alcohol and drugs affect driving, the dangers of distracted driving (texting and driving) and the increased risk of sustaining a traumatic brain injury

  • Concussions: focusing on sports concussions; signs and symptoms, and information on what to do in the case of a suspected concussion

Read what people are saying about Think A-Head:

Helmets are a no-brainer, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, July 11, 2010

Student drinking 'still major issue,' Worcester Telegram & Gazette, April 30, 2010

For more information, please contact jcote@biama.org, or call 508-475-0032.

BIA-MA Newsletter with Think A-Head Program Articles