Please join us as we have our Next STEP Summer Social and Caregiver Support Meeting from 12:00pm - 1:00pm at STEPS for Recovery. This will be a time of sharing and encouragement facilitated by our speech therapist, Megan Nisol. We will provide light refreshments and an opportunity for our caregivers to meet separately for some time to breathe, relax and socialize.
Access | Empower | Participate | Educate | Mentor
Next STEP is an educational, topic driven, peer community meeting designed to educate and empower individuals with disabilities to take the next step in their recovery. Topics range from solving the everyday problems and challenges of living with a disability, to accessing resources and information in order to maximize life participation in every sense of the word.
Peer mentoring is an integral part of this group as we learn best from those who have been there before us. While we will sometimes have speakers from the community, many of our sessions will feature presentations and experiences from members of the group so that we may learn from one another.
We recognize that the major life changes that go along with acquired disabilities affect not just the individual, but all members of the family and social network. While the focus of the group is on the recovering individual, we welcome family, friends and other support team members to join the conversation.
Have you ever considered telling your story? This has been proven to have incredible value not only for the emotional, self-healing of the writer, but also for the recovery of others who have gone through similar experiences. Please join us on Friday, May 31, 2019 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, as STEPS graduate, Simon Barton, shares his story on the benefits and challenges of writing about his stroke recovery.
Spring is in the air and we would like to invite you and your caregivers to join us for Next STEP as we discuss the Topic of, “ International Travel”. Please note, we had to change the date and time of this meeting due to a schedule conflict. We have not forgotten about this valuable topic and look forward to setting a new date and time really soon.
Please join us for Next STEP on Friday, March 22, 2019 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, as we welcome Dr. Tami Fragedakis of Capital Biofeedback. She will be here to discuss Biofeedback and Neurofeedback as adjuncts to therapy.
Biofeedback and neurofeedback are geared toward helping patient’s following stroke, concussion, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, sleep problems and ADHD.
In a basic sense, biofeedback is a method of gaining information by monitoring skin temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, brainwaves and other bodily conditions to help promote control over our normally involuntary bodily processes. This is done through conditioning and training in self-regulation.
Neurofeedback teaches the brain to change itself. It helps with attention, mood, behavior, cognition, and more. In simple terms, neurofeedback is positive reinforcement for the brain. It teaches the brain how to be better balanced.
We would like to invite you and your caregivers to join us for Next STEP on Friday February 22, 2019 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm when we will be discussing the Topics of, “ Stress Management and Caregiver Support”. At this meeting we will discuss common factors of stress that occur when going through the rehabilitation process and give you strategies to help manage these stressors.
We will also discuss the vital role that family members and caregivers play in the journey of recovery. Being a caregiver has it’s own set of challenges. How do you love, support, motivate and help your family member, while at the same time caring for yourself? Please join us as we discuss some helpful tips for navigating this process.
We would like to invite you to join us for Next STEP on Friday January 25, 2019 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm when we will be discussing the Topic of, “ Life After Therapy”.
This will be an open panel discussion led by individuals who have “graduated” from our outpatient therapy and have moved on to live life, work, and pursue leisure activities. Our hope is to share and inspire those who are still early in their recovery by answering some of the following questions:
How have you adjusted to life after injury?
What was the key to you success?
What were some of your biggest obstacles along the way?
How did you know when it was time to take a “break” from therapy?
Do you have any advice on how to reintegrate into work, community and leisure activities after injury?
Whether you are just beginning your journey of recovery or have been on this path for years, please join us, share your story and bring your questions. We can all help encourage one another as we strive to fully recovery and resume our life roles.
Caregivers and family are welcome, as you are vital team members as we pursue this "road to success.”
If you would like would be one of our panel members, leading this discussion, please contact Bryn Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org
As the holiday season approaches, join us on December 7, 2018 from 12:00pm -1:00pm for Next STEP. We will host an open time of socialization to celebrate your continued recovery and to share your experiences and insight with others in your STEPs family! Steps For Recovery will provide all the refreshments! We welcome you to bring ideas for future topics and further input on how we can continue to make Next STEP a beneficial advocacy group for education and community integration post-injury.
We at STEPS are thankful for your participation in Next STEP and hope you will continue to encourage others to attend and celebrate the recovery they have made!
Come join us for a conversation on the benefits of Guided Meditation for health and healing following stroke, spinal cord injury and/or brain injury. Bryn Kennedy, DPT will lead a discussion on the positive effects of mindfulness and meditation on wellness and Joelle Rogers will lead the group through the practice of guided meditation and share how this practice has played a role in her total body wellness and recovery.
Discussion led by: Julia Christian, OTR/L and Ben Gill
Come join us for a conversation on returning to work following your injury. Julia will discuss elements to consider before returning to work (from a therapeutic perspective) and how return to work can affect your recovery. Ben Gill will share his own experience of the victories and challenges of returning to work at NC State following his injury. Please come prepared to share your thoughts and questions.
Discussion led by: Katie Stephens PT, NCS and Christy Eskridge (see attached image of her painting)
Come join us for a conversation on the benefit of return to leisure activities following injury. Christy Eskridge will share about her personal experience with Art Therapy and how painting has provided a new and positive outlet for her since her injury. Please come prepared to add to the discussion on how your own leisure activities have been helpful or challenging during your recovery.
Discussion led by: Ann Pearce PT, DPT
Join us for a conversation focused around the health aspects of Tai Chi and how it can benefit your balance and movement. Ann Pearce is a physical therapist on the STEPS For Recovery team who specializes in balance and vestibular dysfunction. She has the unique experience of being able to tailor Tai Chi movements to individuals with hemiplegia. Please join us for this fun and interactive introduction to the basic Tai Chi movement forms.
Bring your questions and ideas as we will shoot to have a 15 minute demonstration followed by time for discussion.