Life Skills Village Clients’ Aim to Change Lives with TBI and Helmet Safety Presentation
Life Skills Village clients don’t just come here for the individual rehab and insightful therapy – they come to achieve their goals and rebuild their lives. When Tom Calvin and Nate Doughton started at LSV, they were intent on doing their part to prevent others from sustaining similar neuro trauma. Under the guidance of NRT, Cherie Stangis, and Lead Program Facilitator, Charlie Garofali, they decided to create an interactive helmet safety and TBI educational presentation and learn to actively “perform” while presenting to an audience.
Tom and Nate worked with Charlie to produce a presentation that highlights the value of helmet safety and the potential repercussions of not wearing one. Telling the story of their lives before their respective accidents illustrates the value of the safety procedures that they recommend.
Making their goal a reality required more from Tom and Nate than developing the presentation. Both had to overcome deficits common to many TBI clients: otherwise known as the big three: critical thinking, executive function and fear of social interaction. Nate and Tom have rehearsed the presentation to perfection and are now ready to take the show on the road. Their commitment has inspired other clients to renew their own efforts toward achieving their goals.
“I knew I wanted to do something to help others that also related to my injury. ANYTHING I can do to help prevent someone from going through what my family and I did is time well-spent,” Tom says of their accomplishment.
Tom and Nate are slated to give their first “non-rehearsal” presentation to MADD in late January. The hope is that the first presentation will springboard them into giving court-ordered talks. Not to mention a vocation and purpose in life.
“The changes we’ve seen in Tom and Nate since they began working with Charlie on their presentation have been profound,” says Stangis, NRT for both Nate and Tom. “They definitely gained confidence researching, but the moment of truth came during their first run-through in front of a large audience of LSV clients and employees. Both were amazing. They have worked extremely hard on this presentation. Both men view this as an opportunity to prevent the type of injuries they suffered.”
If you would like Tom and Nate to present to your school or group, please contact the LSV team.