Education & Prevention
Kamloops Brain Injury Association strives to raise awareness about brain injury, and to promote injury prevention in the community. Some of the ways we do this are through the Grade 4 Injury Prevention Program, the Helmet Reward Program and The Brain Waves Program.
June is Brain Injury Awareness month and each year we take part in Funfest with the support of the City of Kamloops. It's a fun, educational event for the whole family!
Brain Injury Basics
Rebuilding After Brain Injury
For our survivors and their families, we offer Brain Injury Basics and Rebuilding After Brain Injury, which go hand in hand with each other. Brain Injury Basics is an introduction to dealing with changes after brain injury and discusses basic brain functions and anatomy, causes and types of acquired brain injury, the effects of brain injury, and the rehabilitation process. Rebuilding After Brain Injury is more indepth and goes further into detail on the subjects covered in Brain Injury Basics, spending much more time discussing the physical, cognitive, emotional and social effects that a brain injury can have.
The final component of our education work is our Connect, Learn, Grow (CLG). Before taking part in CLG, it is important to have completed both Brain Injury Basics and Rebuilding After Brain Injury, as CLG will build on what is learned in those two groups. These groups, when taken together, will help survivors learn to accept the changes that have taken place in their life after their brain injury, and are a large part of being able to reintegrate into a world that is different than the one that our survivors lived in pre-injury. Brain Injury Basics is led by our education and prevention coordinator, and Rebuilding After Brain Injury and Connect, Learn, Grow are led by life skills workers.
"The P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth) Program is an injury awareness and prevention program for youth age 15 and older. Developed in 1986 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, this program is a vital component of the growing community effort to reduce death and injury in alcohol, drug and risk-related crashes and incidents." (P.A.R.T.Y. website) KBIA is proud to be presenting for P.A.R.T.Y Program, which would not have been possible without a grant from ICBC.
[ March 2018: Agenda | Program Details | Letter to Parents ]
Grade 4 Injury Prevention Program
The Grade 4 Injury Prevention Program was started by KBIA in 1997. Each year we offer sessions to all Grade 4 classes in the Kamloops community. The students love this program and participate fully. The Grade 4 Injury Prevention Program promotes awareness of brain injury and injury prevention through safe practices, and correct helmet use. Survivors of brain injury play a key role in this program through their participation and sharing of information about their injury and the resulting impairments. This personal touch always seems to make the reality of brain injury much more meaningful and memorable for the students. This fun and interactive presentation helps students take safety seriously.
Each year the Kamloops Brain Injury Association seeks grants to hire two summer coordinators to run our Helmet Reward Program. The focus of the program is to have a visible presence at community parks, skate parks, and recreational sites rewarding youths for wearing the appropriate safety gear (helmets, knee pads, etc.) when operating small wheeled vehicles such as bikes, skateboards and roller blades. The goal is to reduce the risk of personal injury to youths when engaging in sporting activities. The coordinators prowl the parks and high traffic areas where youth are likely to be participating in wheeled sports. Those sporting adequate head gear are rewarded handsomely thereby encouraging their peers to wear the gear.
Activity & Awareness / Funfest
Activity & Awareness /Funfest provides a great opportunity for the public to learn about brain injury and injury prevention and Kamloops Brain Injury Association takes part in support of those individuals who face the challenges presented by the outcomes of brain injury. Fun filled family activities are scheduled throughout the day as well as music and games —- all aimed at spreading the prevention message; and ultimately reducing the incidents of accidents and the resulting brain injury.