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Family Brain Injury Support Group

Providing care for a family member with brain injury can be an intense and emotionally draining experience. Oftentimes, support systems are stretched to their limits. In an effort to address family needs therapists in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation are facilitating a monthly support group where care givers of persons with brain injury can come together to offer one another support and strategies for caring for their loved one. Additionally, we will arrange for speakers on topics relevant to the group.

Contact: Joanne Scandale, PhD, 315 464-5819
Location: OASIS/HealthLink, One Telergy Parkway 6333 State Route 298, East Syracuse NY
Meeting Time: 1st Thursday of the Month, 5-6:30 p.m.

Sample Schedule:

  • 5:00 Refreshments
  • 5:15-6:00 Speaker
  • 6:00-6:30 Time for questions/discussions

Tentative Presenter Schedule:

  • May 2, 2019: Introduction to Group/Welcome

  • June 6, 2019: Kimberly Brown, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS: Speech, Language and Cognitive Problems After Brain Injury: A Review of the Brain's Structure & Function

  • August: 1, 2019: Kimberly Nemi, OTR. Management of Vision Impairments in Persons with Acquired Brain Injury

  • September 5, 2019: Jerry Santoferrara, OTR: Yoga with Jerry

  • October 3, 2019 : Tammy Bartoszek PsyD, Licensed Psychologist: Taking Care of You while Caring for Them: Emotional Wellness for Caregivers

  • November 7, 2019: Brittany Schuler, DPT, CBIS, NCS and Rina Flateau, DPT: Physical Therapy and Relaxation Techniques for Caregivers

  • December 5, 2019: Holiday Celebrations

  • January 2, 2020: Erica Irving. OTR and Brittany Sieczek, OTR: Engaging the Brain in Salient & Occupation-Based Tasks.

  • February 6, 2020: Beth Rolland, OTR: Driving Adaptations and Rehabilitation following Acquired Brain Injury

  • March 7, 2020 TBI awareness month.
    Donna Sims, CTRS: Importance of Leisure and Recreational Based Activities

  • April 2, 2020:

  • May 7, 2020: 1st Annual CNY Brain Injury Support Group Celebration