ThinkFirst for Teens
ThinkFirst for Teens is an award-winning, literacy-based national program that teaches students to “think first” and to use their minds to protect their bodies from serious brain and spinal cord injuries resulting from car crashes, recreational and water-related incidences, and violence. ThinkFirst for Teens is especially effective when presented in driver’s education programs.
- 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 these injuries can be prevented. The presentation stresses that teens are the highest risk group for these types of injuries
- A video featuring honest and direct testimony from teens about the narrow margin that can separate fun from tragedy
- A visit from a young person who has sustained a brain or spinal cord injury and talks to students describing how his or her life has changed since injury. Students learn that these injuries can and do happen when people just like them engage in typical teenage activities
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