Helmet Your Head
ThinkFirst for Kids
Four out of five car seats are used incorrectly, usually due to improper car
seat selection or installation. To help avoid motor vehicle accident-related
brain and spinal cord injuries, the Buckle Up Baby initiative promotes the correct
use of child safety seats, boosters and adult lap and shoulder belts. Free classes,
educational materials and assistance from nationally certified child passenger
safety technicians are available to the public. Since this initiative began in
2001, we have educated almost 3,000 families and helped install more than 2,800
car seats and boosters.
Helmet Your Head
Through community partnerships and educational events, the Helmet Your Head -
San Antonio, program promotes the use of protective gear while using bikes, tricycles,
skateboards, scooters and roller blades. Our campaign has educated hundreds of
families on correct helmet use and has provided more than 1,000 bicycle helmets
to low-income children.
ThinkFirst For Kids Initiative
ThinkFirst For Kids helps children develop lifelong
safety habits to lessen their risk of sustaining
traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, which
are the number 1 cause of death and disability
among children and young adults. This program
provides children with the knowledge and skills
to make safe choices by using research-based,
grade-specific curriculum. ThinkFirst For Kids
teaches children about basic brain and spinal
cord anatomy and function, bicycle and pedestrian
safety, sports and recreational safety, vehicle
safety, violence prevention and water safety.
Since 2000, the ThinkFirst message has reached
more than 50,000 San Antonio children and teens.
Dealing with the stress and trauma of a neurological
disorder can be very trying. Finding comfort
through group counseling and conversation can
help both patients and family members better
manage their experiences.We also refer patients
to national support groups that offer additional
resources and support in other disorders such
as stroke, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease.
Neuralgia is a neurological disorder that causes
intense facial pain with even the slightest of
physical contact to the face. Shaving, applying
make-up, a gust of wind – all of these
can mean severe facial pain for someone suffering
from Trigeminal Neuralgia. Because of the intensity
of this disorder and the everyday situations
that trigger pain, patients find it comforting
and therapeutic to share their experiences through
the support-group setting.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic degenerative
disease of the central nervous system in which
the myelin slowly disintegrates throughout
the brain, spinal cord or both. Nerves are
affected causing muscular weakness, loss of
coordination, and speech and visual disturbances.
It occurs mainly in young adults and is thought
to be a defect in the immune system that may
be caused by genetics or a virus. Our MS support
group offers patients comfort and an opportunity
to share feelings and experiences.
Tourette’s syndrome (TS) is a neurological
disorder characterized by repetitive, involuntary
movements and vocalizations called tics. It is estimated
that 200,000 Americans have the most severe form
of TS, and as many as one in 100 exhibit milder symptoms.
According to the National Institute of Neurological
Disorders and Stroke, although TS can be a chronic
condition with symptoms lasting a lifetime, most
people with the condition experience their worst
symptoms in their early teens, with improvement occurring
in the late teens and continuing into adulthood.
Therefore, support from peers is critical at various
stages in patients’ lives.
Experts report that almost 50% of all strokes
are preventable. Knowing the symptoms and acting
quickly saves numerous patients from severe
brain damage and death each year. Our stroke
awareness program, which utilizes American
Stroke Association guidelines, is aimed at
better educating patients, staff and other
medical personnel about the symptoms and steps
to take when someone suffers a stroke. Everyone
should be educated on the early signs and symptoms
of stroke, especially those 55 and older.
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