According to the CDC, children and youth are among those most likely to sustain a brain injury, with 511,000 American children under age 14 sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. In fact, acquired brain injury is currently the leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults in the United States.
While the types of events that lead to brain injury may sometimes by beyond our control, brain injury prevention can impact the rate of occurrence and the after-effects. As such, BIAC offers several school programs tailored specifically for students of all ages - preschool through high school. Programs can be customized, and, where noted, are also suitable for parents, teachers, coaches and professionals. BIAC offers free brain injury prevention presentations, but asks that groups, schools and organizations requesting trainings and presentations provide a donation to cover travel expenses from the BIAC office in Windsor. A minimum donation of $50 is requested for travel less than 50 miles round trip (from the BIAC office in Windsor), and a minimum donation of $100 for travel exceeding 50 miles round trip. The trainings and presentations do not have a cost associated with them (with the exception of travel reimbursement) but we always appreciate your consideration for additional donations if you found the training helpful and valuable. If you are interested in hosting a training or presentation, please contact Rene Carfi, Education & Outreach Manager, at 860-219-0291 x306 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out a Program Request Form..
BIAC has also developed Protect Your Brain toolkits for schools, youth groups, parents, and anyone else interested in promoting brain injury prevention.
Protect Your Brain: Preschool
A preschool prevention program using a variety of games and songs to teach children about their brain and proper safety behaviors.
Approximately 30 minutes; Ages 3-5
Protect Your Brain: Kindergarten-2nd Grade
An early elementary school prevention program utilizing videos, games and interactive discussions to teach children about their brain and promote safe behaviors, such as safety in and around cars, pedestrian safety, playground safety, school bus safety, sports safety, and bicycle safety.
Approximately 30 minutes; Grades: K –2
Protect Your Brain: Grades 3-5
A third-to-fifth grade level presentation focused on learning about your brain, and promoting safe behaviors, such as safety in and around cars, school bus safety, sports safety, pedestrian safety, bicycle safety, and playground safety, featuring interactive games, activities, discussion and videos.
Approximately 45 minutes; Grades: 3 - 5
Protect Your Brain: Middle School
A presentation for middle school students that provides information about the brain, and promoting safe behaviors, such as safety in and around cars, sports safety, pedestrian safety, bicycle safety, and recognizing signs and symptoms of concussion, featuring a presentation, interactive games, discussion and videos.
45 minutes; Grades: 6 – 8
Protect Your Brain: High School
A prevention program for high school students that utilizes videos, a presentation, interactive games, readings, and discussions. The presentation includes information on what your brain does, what brain injury (including concussion), and overviews of distracted driving, pedestrian safety, bicycle safety, sports safety and the CT Graduated Driver’s License, intended to reduce motor vehicle related injuries.
Approximately 45 minutes - 1 hour; Grades: 9-12