At Laura Fergusson Brain Injury Trust, we facilitate a number of helpful group programmes. The groups are run by a range of therapists and operate on a rolling timetable throughout the year.
Current group programmes include, making the most of your memory, cooking group, family/whānau education and support, physical health and information training, improving communication confidence and competence, brain injury education for children, and our mindfulness group.
Making the most of your memory group
This group provides education about memory and strategies to improve memory skills. We also provide lifestyle information during each session, including the importance of sleep, nutrition and exercise for wellbeing and optimal cognitive functioning. The group (maximum of eight people) is a supportive environment for members to learn about their memory, practice strategies and to share their comments and experiences.
This group involves ten sessions of gathering with adults who all have TBI, to practice making (and eating) healthy meals.
There are printed recipes to follow, and you will be learning about nutrition, cooking on a budget, and making the most of what you already have in your pantry/fridge. In the final session, you can invite a friend or family member to come and share a meal.
This group is for those who currently cook at home, but need some help to:
- Increase your cooking confidence after TBI
- Decrease your reliance on takeaways and pre-made meals
Incorporate healthy recipes into your diet
- Cook on a budget
- Have fun in the kitchen and meet others with TBI
Family/whānau education & support group
The group is designed to discuss relevant education topics relating to having a family/whānau member with a brain injury, and to bring family/whānau support people together to share ideas and experiences.
The group is run by two clinical psychologists and provides family members with the opportunity to talk and learn more about traumatic brain injuries. The sessions are open to any family members or support people of clients with moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries.
Physical health & information training (PHIT group)
This group promotes physical activity, health and wellness following a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Improving communication confidence & competence group
After traumatic brain injury, many important communication and social skills can be altered, which can impact life at home, work, and in the community. This group provides education and training to improve communication confidence and competence in a fun setting.
This group is run by two speech-language therapists. Research has shown that this type of social communication skills training can improve communication skills, which can help in all areas of life.
Brain injury education for children group – Brain Crew
Brain Crew is an educational programme for children who have an adult relative who has a brain injury. Brain Crew aims to help children to understand a little more about how the brain works and also understand how an injury to the brain may affect how it works. Brain Crew also aims to help children to develop strategies of how to cope with living with a relative who has a brain injury and to develop a peer support network of children who have had similar experiences.
This group introduces basic mindfulness techniques and focus on how mindfulness may be useful to manage fatigue, regulate mood and improve memory. Each session consists of a shared discussion of the different qualities of mindfulness, two mindfulness exercises and specific mindfulness practices that can be used on a daily basis between group sessions.