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Kristin Olliney and Isabella

"She’s come really far … but she has a long journey ahead of her, but we’ll take that together, too."

In 2010, Kristin Olliney and her daughter Isabella's lives were changed forever when Isabella came down with sudden acute encephalitis, which caused brain damage. Despite the number of challenges they face every day, Isabella and her mother face them head on and work on her rehabilitation every day.

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Think A-Head

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.

Importance of Reporting Brain Injuries

Soccer Practice and Brain Injuries

If you hit your head . . .


Fall 2014 Contest Winner !

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


think_aheadThink A-Head 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.

You may have experienced this program in your school before. However, BIA-MA has completely revamped the program to be a more effective educational and prevention tool. Your students will experience new presentations with interactive question and answer sessions to make sure they are really consuming the information.

The revamped, redesigned Think A-Head program focuses on these core issues:

  • Brain Injury: general knowledge of the brain, brain injuries, high-risk groups and behaviors
  • Drugs and Alcohol: breaking down drugs to include depressants, stimulants, inhalants and prescription pills and the affect on the teenage body and brain
  • Impaired Driving: how alcohol affects driving, the dangers of impaired driving and the increased risk of sustaining a traumatic brain injury
  • Seatbelts: the benefits of using them and the detriments of not using them
  • 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 supply them with applicable knowledge so that they can make more informed choices during a most impressionable time during their lives.

The Elementary ToolKit is geared to students in grades 3 - 5 and incorporates colorful visuals and interactive components in a lesson about the functions and importance of the brain. The ToolKit enables classroom teachers to present the curriculum which includes discussions about bicycle, pedestrian and car safety, in addition to clear instruction on proper helmet and seat belt use.

The ToolKit includes the PowerPoint presentation, a curriculum guide for instructors, egghead helmets, a word search, "What My Brain Does" activity, concussions and pedestrian & helmet safety fact cards, 100 colored pencils and articles for parents.

The ToolKit is available for $20. To order the Elementary ToolKit, click here.

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


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