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Ryan Farrell

"My recovery continues each day"

Ryan was performing with her cheerleading squad when a flyer on top of her stunt group fell and landed on her. A short time later, she collapsed and did not regain consciousness. She had sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI), along with a collapsed lung and fractured vertebrae in her neck.

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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). .

The revamped Think A-Head program has been very well-received.In the period from September 2014 through June 2015, there have been 99 TAH programs at 42 different schools reaching 9,000 students. Of the 42 different schools the participation breakdown was 40% elementary schools, 40% middle schools, and 20% high schools. Quotes received from the schools include:

"You did it again, the Think A-Head program was a 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 revamped, redesigned 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

  • Impaired Driving: how alcohol affects driving, the dangers of impaired 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

Thanks to a generous gift from the Sarah W. Rollins Charitable Trust, BIA-MA is able to offer this redesigned Think A-Head program at a discounted fee of $75 for the first program and $25 for each additional program held at your school on the same day. Think A-Head aims to inform and engage students and equip them age appropriate knowledge so that they can make healthy and informed choices as they mature and grow.

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, or call 508-475-0032 ext. 24

Spring 2014 Concussion Video Contest Winner !

The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts thanks Sharon High School for their help educating the community with prevention and awareness of brain injury.

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Fall 2014 Contest Winner !

Please see below video submission from Lowell High School about educating the community with prevention and awareness for brain injury.