Brain Injury Today podcast

Brain Injury Today

Goal 17 Media

Brain Injury Today is the official podcast of the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington. Hosted by BIAWA Executive Director Deborah Crawley, the show brings listeners inspiring conversations with survivors, researchers, counselors, caretakers and more, in an effort to strengthen connections within the brain injury community.

23 Episodes

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    The Ultimate Guidebook for Brain Injury Survivors, Caregivers and Professionals (Pt. 1)

    33:24

    This is the first of a two part episode about a groundbreaking new book called Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide for Survivors and Families. BIAWA Board Member Richard Adler, who authored the book, joins Deborah along with Brandon Blake and Sabrina Bonaparte, who contributed their perspectives as a survivor and caregiver, to discuss how it can serve as an invaluable resource for those navigating the difficulties of brain injury. Richard, Brandon and Sabrina discuss how they worked together to create this comprehensive, step-by-step guidebook and their hopes for getting it into the hands of as many people as possible. To get your copy of Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide for Survivors and Families, visit biawa.org/understanding-traumatic-brain-injury Get in touch with Richard at [email protected] Reach out to Brandon using [email protected], via bonustimemusic.com or find him on social media with the handle @bonustimemusic Connect with Sabrina using  [email protected] This episode of Brain Injury Today was produced by Goal 17 Foundation and sponsored by the Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Council.   For more resources related to traumatic brain injury visit: Brain Injury Today Podcast Brain Injury Alliance of Washington The Pooled Alliance Community Trusts Brain Injury Art Show
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    Going Back To Work After Brain Injury

    27:52

    Work is one of the biggest challenges for brain injury survivors. It’s common for survivors to lose or leave jobs after a brain injury. And even those who maintain employment will likely need accommodations. In this episode Deborah speaks with Dr. Bob Fraser, a psychologist who runs the Neurological Vocational Services Unit (NVSU), a nonprofit that helps people with brain injuries and other neurological conditions find and maintain employment. Dr. Bob, as we like to call him, talks about the different challenges brain injury survivors face with work and the various resources available to help. Learn more about NVSU at nvsrehab.org Get help from Washington’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation by visiting dshs.wa.gov/dvr This episode of Brain Injury Today was produced by Goal 17 Foundation and sponsored by the Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Council. For more resources related to traumatic brain injury visit: Brain Injury Today Podcast  Brain Injury Alliance of Washington  The Pooled Alliance Community Trusts  Brain Injury Art Show
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    Dr. Brian Johnston: Preventing Brain Injury In Children

    37:26

    As Chief of Pediatrics at Harborview Medical Center, Dr. Brian Johnston sees brain injuries in young children from all over the state and region. So there’s really no one better to talk to about how to prevent brain injury in our youngest kids! In this episode Deborah and Brian talk about how changes to the products we use and our built environment can make a huge difference in reducing common causes of brain injury in kids, such as falls, what parents can do to keep kids safe, and how his department has changed their approach to injury prevention over the years. This episode of Brain Injury Today was produced by Goal 17 Foundation and sponsored by the Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Council. Resources View and download the form that resulted from the Kenney Bui Rule. The National Playground Safety Institute (NPSI) Daily Dozen 12-Point Playground Safety Checklist, designed for parents and caregivers to identify safety hazards and ensure kids have a safe place to play. For more resources related to traumatic brain injury visit: Brain Injury Today Podcast Brain Injury Alliance of Washington The Pooled Alliance Community Trusts Brain Injury Art Show
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    Tracing Sports Safety Policy In Washington

    33:09

    The Brain Injury Alliance of Washington has been involved in improving sports safety policy for kids for over a decade. In this episode, Deborah speaks with three key players who have helped BIAWA improve sports policy in the state and across the nation: the University of Washington’s Dr. Stan Herring, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Justin Kesterson, and Richard Adler, a renowned personal injury attorney with the firm Adler Giersch. The four discuss the passage of the Lystedt Law in 2009, which was eventually adopted across the country, the Kenney Bui rule, which passed in 2020, what each policy entails and the heroic families that honored their loved ones by lending their names and sharing their stories to advocate and pass better sports safety policy in Washington and beyond.  This episode of Brain Injury Today was produced by Goal 17 Foundation and sponsored by the Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Council. View and download the form that resulted from the Kenney Bui Rule If you’d like to get in touch with the guests from this episode, you can find their emails below: Dr. Stan Herring: [email protected] Richard Adler: [email protected] Justin Kesterson: [email protected] Brain Injury Today is the official podcast of the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington. Hosted by BIAWA Executive Director Deborah Crawley, the show brings listeners inspiring conversations with survivors, researchers, counselors, caretakers and more, in an effort to strengthen connections within the brain injury community.  For more resources related to traumatic brain injury visit: Brain Injury Today Podcast  Brain Injury Alliance of Washington  The Pooled Alliance Community Trusts  Brain Injury Art Show
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    Sims & Stacy: Caring For A Young Brain Injury Survivor

    52:53

    Sims Weymuller and Stacy Connole’s son was just four years old when he sustained a traumatic brain injury that upended their lives. In this episode of Brain Injury Today, Sims and Stacy share their story so that other families can learn from it and know that they are not alone. Sims and Stacy spoke with BIAWA Executive Director Deborah Crawley about navigating the school system as their son entered kindergarten and helping his older brother cope with the trauma. They want other families to know that recovery is possible with enough time and support, and that the Brain Injury Alliance offers services to support families with fewer resources. Brain Injury Today is the official podcast of the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington. Hosted by BIAWA Executive Director Deborah Crawley, the show brings listeners inspiring conversations with survivors, researchers, counselors, caretakers and more, in an effort to strengthen connections within the brain injury community.   For more resources related to traumatic brain injury visit: Brain Injury Today Podcast Brain Injury Alliance of Washington The Pooled Alliance Community Trusts Brain Injury Art Show
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    Navigating The End Of The Pandemic With Brain Injury

    35:17

    As more people get vaccinated and governments lift COVID restrictions, there is pressure to race back to “normal” life. But given brain injury survivors’ fatigue and overstimulation, it’s important to re-build in a way that meets their needs and values. In this episode of Brain Injury Today, Deborah Crawley speaks with therapist Lori Weisman about “conscious re-entry,” how to identify and prioritize your values, and becoming comfortable with saying “no” when it’s time to take care of yourself.  Here are Lori’s four questions to ask yourself when considering what you want your post-COVID life to look like: What kind of life do I want to create for myself? (Describe what it looks like.) What will I have to change in me to have the life I envision? What obstacles will I face in achieving this life? What is my level of motivation from 1 (not at all motivated) to 100 (extremely motivated)? Listen to Deborah’s previous conversations with Lori about ambiguous loss here and here. Get in touch with Lori Weisman This episode of Brain Injury Today is sponsored by the Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Council was produced and edited by Goal 17 Foundation and is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify. For more resources related to traumatic brain injury visit: Brain Injury Today Podcast  Brain Injury Alliance of Washington  The Pooled Alliance Community Trusts  Brain Injury Art Show
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    Your COVID Vaccine Questions Answered

    27:55

    In this episode of Brain Injury Today, Deborah Crawley speaks with Jeanne Hoffman, UW professor of Psychology and Rehabilitation Medicine and Director of UW’s TBI Model System, who answers the most commonly asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination from our community.  Brain Injury Today is the official podcast of the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington. Hosted by BIAWA Executive Director Deborah Crawley, the show brings listeners inspiring conversations with survivors, researchers, counselors, caretakers and more, in an effort to strengthen connections within the brain injury community.  This episode of Brain Injury Today is sponsored by the Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Council was produced and edited by Goal 17 Foundation and is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify. For more resources related to traumatic brain injury visit: Brain Injury Today Podcast  Brain Injury Alliance of Washington  The Pooled Alliance Community Trusts  Brain Injury Art Show
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    Laughing With The Lystedts: The First Family of Brain Injury Prevention

    45:22

    Here at the Brain Injury Alliance, we call Zackery, Victor and Mercedes Lystedt the “first family of prevention.” Back in 2006 Zack suffered a preventable brain injury playing football. It was a long road to recovery, which is still Zack's full time job, but the family is stronger than ever and has always shared their story to help others. In fact, their advocacy has helped pass sports safety laws in all fifty states. In this episode of Brain Injury Today, Deborah Crawley speaks with Zack, his dad Victor and his mom Mercedes about their journey with brain injury and how laughter has helped get them through the toughest moments. Learn more about the Lystedt Law and sports safety by listening to episode 15 of Brain Injury Today. Read more about how the Lystedt Law came to be.   For more resources related to traumatic brain injury visit: Brain Injury Today Podcast Brain Injury Alliance of Washington The Pooled Alliance Community Trusts Brain Injury Art Show   This episode of Brain Injury Today is sponsored by the Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Council, was produced and edited by Goal 17 Foundation and is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify.
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    Keeping Kids Safe Playing The Sports They Love!

    34:34

    Safety and participation should go hand-in-hand when it comes to sports and exercise in general. In this episode of Brain Injury Today, BIAWA Executive Director Deborah Crawley speaks with Darin Harris and Dr. Stan Herring about why it’s important to keep kids active, while also avoiding preventable injuries by building a culture of safety. Darin Harris speaks from his perspective as a former UW football player who suffered a brain injury but continues to coach youth football. And Stan Herring shares his insights as a leading sports medicine doctor who has helped pass state laws to make sports safer and continues to promote safety as the co-founder of the Sports Institute at UW Medicine. Brain Injury Today is the official podcast of the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington. Hosted by BIAWA Executive Director Deborah Crawley, the show brings listeners inspiring conversations with survivors, researchers, counselors, caretakers and more, in an effort to strengthen connections within the brain injury community. In this episode, Deborah and Karen Kaizuka talk about what it’s like to be the parent of a child with a TBI, learning advocacy and the importance of connecting with fellow caregivers.  Reach out to Darin at and learn more about his work coaching 7-on-7 football.  Connect with Stan by emailing [email protected], and learn more about The Sports Institute at UW Medicine.  For more resources related to traumatic brain injury visit: Brain Injury Today Podcast  Brain Injury Alliance of Washington  The Pooled Alliance Community Trusts  Brain Injury Art Show  This episode of Brain Injury Today is sponsored by the Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Council, was produced and edited by Goal17Media.com, and is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify.
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    Parenting a Child with a TBI: Advocacy, Grief, and the Power of Peer Support

    27:38

    Karen Kaizuka’s son suffered a sports-related brain injury about ten years ago, and, like many parents, she stood by his side during each step of his recovery. She also became deeply involved in the brain injury community through her work in healthcare and as the current Chairperson of Washington’s Traumatic Brain Injury Council. In this episode of Brain Injury Today, Karen speaks with BIAWA Executive Director Deborah Crawley about the unique process parents go through, finding hope amongst those who had been in her shoes, learning advocacy, and her ongoing quest to improve the support systems available to brain injury survivors and their families. In this episode, Deborah and Karen Kaizuka talk about what it’s like to be the parent of a child with a TBI, learning advocacy and the importance of connecting with fellow caregivers.   Resources Reach out to Karen at [email protected] Learn more about HeadStrong, the peer support organization that focuses on TBI survivors and their families.   For more resources related to traumatic brain injury visit: Brain Injury Today Podcast Brain Injury Alliance of Washington The Pooled Alliance Community Trusts Brain Injury Art Show   This episode of Brain Injury Today is sponsored by the Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Council was produced and edited by Goal17Media.com and is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify.

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