What is Brain Waves?
If you hit your head or feel any symptoms of a concussion, stop that activity immediately.
Tell an adult!
Find the closest teacher, parent, or healthcare professional and tell them what happened.
Even though you may not feel like you have a concussion, be safe and get assessed by your doctor.
The best recovery is lots of sleep. Return to your activity after your doctor gives you the go-ahead.
Making Big (Brain) Waves in Surrey
Recently, Vancouver BIA joined forces with ThinkFirst BC to deliver Brain Waves to Khalsa School in Surrey. The day was full of non-stop excitement, fun activities and lots of jello brains! The kids learned about neuroscience, concussions and the importance of protecting their head. Check out some of the photos taken.
Brain Waves was at the Surrey Khalsa School in late June.
The kids were fascinated by the jello brain!
Why is Brain Waves important?
Brain injuries are the leading cause of death and disability of Canadians under 45 years of age. Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in children. Concussion rates are highest among BC children aged 10-14. Children under 19 who visited the emergency room for sports-related concussions doubled from 2001 to 2012, according to the Centre for Disease Control, indicating that brain injury is a growing issue. Despite the fact that the incidence of acquired brain injury exceeds multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, breast cancer, and HIV/AIDS there is less than 1/400th the community funding for brain injury than for these for other worthy causes. Brain Waves will decrease the number of North Shore children permanently disabled or killed by brain injury.
Who is involved in Brain Waves?
When is Brain Waves starting?
News regarding Brain Waves may start appearing in newspapers, community centres, and the Internet by the end September 2017! Volunteer Instructor training for classroom instruction is scheduled to start in January 2018, with the first presentations in classrooms expected to be given February through June, late in the 2017 – 2018 school year. Over the next 3 years, we are planning to expand and improve the program.
Training for Brain Waves Instructor/Coordinators will commence in December 2017. These Instructor/Coordinators may train hundreds of Brain Waves Volunteer Instructors for North Shore and Vancouver schools. It’s important that we can meet the demand that will be created when parents realize this life-saving instruction is available in our grade school classrooms.
Lower Mainland Students Reached in 2016
Reduced Risk of Concussion by Wearing a Helmet
Where is Brain Waves taking place?
Brain Waves will be mainly taught in elementary and grade school classrooms for students between grades 4 to 6, but is flexible and can be adapted to fit various audiences. Future endeavours include community groups and summer camps, as well as repeat presentations in the beginning months of the following school year to reinforce learning. Brain Waves will be piloted on the North Shore, with emphasis put on North and West Vancouver. However, as awareness of the program spreads and interest grows, Vancouver BIA has ambitious plans for Brain Waves across Vancouver and the rest of Metro Vancouver.
How do I get involved in Brain Waves?
Since Brain Waves affects nearly all aspects of the school system, there is always a way for you to get involved! If you’re a parent interested in this program for your child, talk to your teachers and school to get this program implemented. This is also a gratis opportunity for teachers and schools and is easy to implement.
Learn to be a Brain Waves volunteer instructor. Vancouver BIA will train over 100 volunteer Instructors; training sessions take place every month. You will love seeing how excited children become as they participate in Brain Waves. Or even become a Brain Waves volunteer trainer! Or help with fundraising, or make a donation to support the Brain Waves program. There are lots of ways to get involved.
What is the future of Brain Waves?
Though Brain Waves is j