Acquired Brain Injury Survivor and Family Education Series Videoconference Series

Mar 26, 2013 to May 14, 2013

Every Tuesday for eight weeks - March 26 to May 14
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Free admission
, hospital parking is $4

Room A273 (get directions)
Parkwood Hospital, 801 Commissioners Rd. East, London (get directions)

Call 1-866-484-0445 for more information
download the education series poster

The Survivor and Family Education videoconference education series is for people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) and their family, friends and caregivers. The series runs once a week from March 26 to May 14, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

Brain-injury related topics covered include sleep issues, chronic pain, peer mentoring, brain injury 101, coping with anger and frustration, returning to school after a brain injury, pacing and planning activities, community resources, survivor stories and practical strategies for managing your life. In London, the videoconference is hosted at St. Joseph’s Health Care London’s Parkwood Hospital.

The series is being videoconferenced from Parkwood Hospital to:

  • Goderich - Alexandra Marine & General Hospital
  • Grand Bend Community Health Centre
  • Hanover and District Hospital
  • Owen Sound Home and Community Services
  • Stratford General Hospital
  • Windsor - Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital
  • Woodstock – Woodingford Lodge

Spring 2013 Schedule

March 26th: Brain Injury 101 – Part 1
Speaker: Kelly Williston Wardell, Occupational Therapist

This session provides an overview of the structure and function of the brain and what goes wrong when an injury happens, as a basis for understanding the changes that occur in an individual following a brain injury. The presenters will describe some of the physical, cognitive, emotional, social and behavioural consequences of brain injuries and offer some examples of strategies for managing these.

April 2nd Brain Injury 101 – Part 2
Speaker: Kelly Williston Wardell, Occupational Therapist]

This session will be a continuation of the March 26th session. The presenters will continue to discuss the physical, cognitive, emotional, social and behavioural consequences of brain injuries and offer some examples of strategies for managing these.

April 9th Practical Strategies for Managing your Life
Speaker: Amy Abbruzzese, Clinical Consultant

How do you organize your life differently following an acquired brain injury? This session focuses on some of the knowledge, thinking strategies, tools, and habits that make life easier for individuals with brain injuries and their families.

April 16th Coping with Anger and Frustration Following Brain Injury
Speakers: Bob Lomax, Social Worker
Dan Pettapiece, Clinical Consultant

A brain injury affects not only the lives of the people who are injured, but also the lives of everyone around them. This session will focus on discussing how we might deal with frustration and perhaps anger in others and within ourselves when dealing with the day to day issues and ongoing effects of a brain injury.

April 23rd Return to School Following a Brain Injury – Supports & Strategies
Speakers: Shelley Reynolds, Western University
Mary VanBussel, Fanshawe College
Penny Welch-West, SLP Parkwood ABI Program

This session will focus on discussing services and supports available to students who have sustained a brain injury and are interested in continuing their education as a new or returning student.

April 30th Minding your P's: The Importance of Pacing and Planning Activities After Brain Injury
Speaker: Becky Moran, Occupational Therapist

This session will focus on managing fatigue following a brain injury using pacing, planning and a points system as a way to structure daily activities.

May 7th Resources for ABI in the Community
Speakers: Sharon Howard, Dale Brain Injury Services
Shy Taggart & Mary Carter, Brain Injury Assoc. of London & Region

This session will provide information on community resources including supports and services offered by local Brain Injury Associations, the Ontario Brain Injury Association, and Dale Brain Injury Services. You will hear about programs and services such as support programs and services, peer mentoring, education and advocacy.

May 14th Survivor Stories

In this session you will have the opportunity to hear the stories of survivors as they journey through their recovery from brain injury.

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