Next Step Community Involvement

In order to integrate skills learned in therapy with real world experiences, outings into the community for activities and shopping are a regular part of the Next Step program. In addition to mobility skills, patients work on planning, organizing, pacing, problem solving and a host of other cognitive and behavioral skills.

Brain Injury Prevention

Even mild concussions have the potential to cause serious impairments in the brain and can interfere with one's ability to return to school, perform routine work duties, or engage with family and friends. If you have suffered a blow to the head in any way and are experiencing some of the symptoms listed below, you should seek medical attention.

Brain Injury Signs and Symptoms

  • Headache
  • Nausea or Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Double or blurred vision
  • Change in behavior or personality, such as emotional outbursts or frequent frustration
  • Trouble doing "everyday things" like walking, bathing, dressing
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Memory or attention problems
  • Clumsy behavior (falling, dropping things, tripping)

Ways to Prevent Brain Injuries

  • Use correct child safety seats
  • Always wear your seat belt!
  • Wear a helmet when biking, horse-back riding, or in sporting activities
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Remove throw rugs and clutter and have well-lit walkways
  • Install window guards and safety gates on stairs when young children are present

Stroke Awareness & Prevention

Risk Factors for Stroke

  • Although stroke can happen to anyone, certain risk factors can increase chances of a stroke. These include:
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking/alcohol use
  • High cholesterol
  • Atrial fibrillation (abnormal heartbeat)
  • Excess weight/low activity levels
  • Diabetes
  • Circulatory problems

Warning Signs of Stroke

FACE: facial droop
ARMS: inability to raise arms
SPEECH: slurred or strange
TIME: if you observe any of the above signs, call 911 immediately.

The National Stroke Association has put together a guide on stroke prevention to help reduce the risk of stroke.