Group Workshop Discussions
There is More Support Groups are designed to be full participation. We don’t have an instructor / classroom model, rather we use a facilitator / discussion group model. Everyone is invited and encouraged to share, regardless of speech skills. Caregivers and Family members are encouraged to come and take part in the discussions.
The average attendee is average to high functioning, or has a caregiver or family member who can assist the person in participating.
0-20 Minutes New Introductions
We allow a few minutes for each newcomer to introduce themselves, their background and their hopes. All attending members introduce themselves.
5-40 Minutes Members urgent forum
Some members will have urgent stories that need to be shared in the group. Since our groups are designed to help one another, we give great value to this time.
10-40 Minutes Workshop Sessions
Every week, as time allows, we spend time on our workshop topics. These are a few of our currently planned 2018 workshops.
Help! My Doctor’s a Pain and I cannot navigate the Insurance System!!!. This will be crisis recurring workshop that will be visited as often as any members are in a crisis mode and crying our for help.
Fighting for the Old me. Sessions Discuss when is it healthy or wise to fight to retain or gain back still that your stroke or brain disease took from you. We talk about loss of work, independence, freedom, driving, sometimes respect, etc., and how you can retain and regain these dignities.
Finding the New ME, Replacement Therapy. Just because you cannot do what your “old me” used to do is not an excuse to do nothing. THERE IS MORE! Sessions Discuss how to identify what you can do, that will create value, and make you a value and interesting person!
Role Reversals and Caregivers. For much of your life, you may have been the provider, protector, or caregiver of your home. Now you have depend on others to be your caregiver. These sessions cover the range of challenges faced in role reversals and accepting care from others. These sessions also cover how to appreciate and protect your caregiver’s emotions.
Dealing with Sensory Overload: Sensory exhaustion and overload is major to part of body and brain fatigue after brain injury. What we experience with our senses is essentially more information for our injured brains to try to process and organize. The symptoms can be headaches, migraines, nervousness, isolation from noise, need to sunglasses indoors, pain when touched and more. The triggers can be:
Sounds that you barely noticed now will become alarming cause you to jolt.
Background sounds and stimulating environments that quickly become overwhelming.
Fluorescent and bright that are always too bright and cause headaches
Clothing that was comfortable before feels irritating now.
Large gatherings of people feel overwhelming.
Hearing Multiple conversations at once are irritating