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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 Dana Harthorne, dharthorne@biama.org, or call 508-475-0032.

About Think A-Head

The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts is dedicated to bringing awareness to your students about brain injury prevention!The 2017-2018 Think A-Head program has been underwritten and is now offered for free to schools around the state! However, we do still encourage a donation in an effort to continue to provide this program for free or at a discounted rate in the future. You will receive an evaluation upon completion of the program, where you may include a donation.

Read what schools are saying about Think A-Head:

"The program was very successful and the presenter was engaging. The presenter really got the point across about the importance of how students should wear helmets. It is always a challenge to schedule things with the demands of teaching, testing, etc... the program was worth the time out of class."- Elementary School in North Andover, MA

"The young lady that presented was outstanding in speaking with our students and keeping their attention. She kept them engaged and answered all their questions. I as a staff member was impressed, thank you so much for reviewing this material and helping them to make smarter choices." - High School in Grafton, 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

Prevention in the News:

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