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Think First For Teens

Think First for Teens is based on four components: school-based education, reinforcement activities, general public education and public policy initiatives. The major educational portion is presented in junior and senior high schools, in either large assembly or classroom formats. The program includes:

  • The 15 minute, award winning films, "On the Edge" or "Harm's Way," feature honest and direct testimony about the narrow margin separating exciting activity and fun from tragedy. Blending action and music, it features the insights of dynamic teenagers with brain and spinal cord injuries.
  • A discussion of the anatomy of the brain and spinal cord, how injuries to these parts of the body occur, the physical results of injury and how many of these injuries can be prevented. It is stressed that teens are the highest risk age group for these injuries.
  • A person who has sustained a brain or spinal cord injury describes how his or her life has changed since the injury. This is the key component of the program, as it shows the students that these injuries can and do happen to people just like them while engaging in typical teenage activities.
  • A brief discussion on proper by-stander behavior at the scene of an injury. Often paramedics present this part of the program.

For more information on the Think First for Teens program, contact Regional Physicians Neuroscience Center at (336) 889-8877.