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  • I wanted to follow in my brothers footsteps and carry on the idea of helping the Austin family. The Austin’s are my second family, my other home, my inspiration. Ever since I met Mrs. Austin two years ago, her family and I have developed a bond stronger than some of the ones I have with my own friends. We are always there for each other. After meeting her daughter Shannon, I realized that the people in our community and school needed to be aware of the effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury. I wanted to put all of you aware of the severeness of such incidents, so that it doesn’t happen to you. Also as a member of the Community of Caring for the last four years, I felt that this project was fitted for my area of expertise, which is helping without expecting anything in return. \n
  • I wanted to follow in my brothers footsteps and carry on the idea of helping the Austin family. The Austin’s are my second family, my other home, my inspiration. Ever since I met Mrs. Austin two years ago, her family and I have developed a bond stronger than some of the ones I have with my own friends. We are always there for each other. After meeting her daughter Shannon, I realized that the people in our community and school needed to be aware of the effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury. I wanted to put all of you aware of the severeness of such incidents, so that it doesn’t happen to you. Also as a member of the Community of Caring for the last four years, I felt that this project was fitted for my area of expertise, which is helping without expecting anything in return. \n
  • What is a Traumatic Brain Injury? \nEach year, more than 1.5 million American sustain Traumatic Brain Injuries. TBI’s are an injury sustained to the head that disrupts the function of the brain. Each injury can have different severities. The more severe the injury is, the more likely it is to cause permanent brain damage, which can impair the victims ability to talk, think clearly, or even function normally. The most severe case can result in death of the victim. \n
  • What is a Traumatic Brain Injury? \nEach year, more than 1.5 million American sustain Traumatic Brain Injuries. TBI’s are an injury sustained to the head that disrupts the function of the brain. Each injury can have different severities. The more severe the injury is, the more likely it is to cause permanent brain damage, which can impair the victims ability to talk, think clearly, or even function normally. The most severe case can result in death of the victim. \n
  • What is a Traumatic Brain Injury? \nEach year, more than 1.5 million American sustain Traumatic Brain Injuries. TBI’s are an injury sustained to the head that disrupts the function of the brain. Each injury can have different severities. The more severe the injury is, the more likely it is to cause permanent brain damage, which can impair the victims ability to talk, think clearly, or even function normally. The most severe case can result in death of the victim. \n
  • This quote comes form an organization called the BIAA or Brain Injury Association of America. They are dedicated to increasing access to quality health care and raising awareness and understanding of a brain injury through advocacy, education and research. With a nationwide network of more than 40 chartered state affiliates and hundreds of local chapters and support groups, we provide help, hope and healing for individuals who live with a brain injury, their families and the professionals who serve them.\n
  • There are two cases, mild and Severe. Mild beings sports injuries or falls and similar mishaps. Severe being motor vehicle accidents and violence from weapons. The risks for traumatic brain injuries is higher in the teenage age group. This group is rated more likely to suffer a TBI because they are more often engaged in sports and activities that can cause damage to the brain. For instance boys partake in contact sports and ride bikes and motorbikes without helmets. Many teens are not aware that while partaking in these sports they are putting themselves at serious risks for brain injuries. Dr. George Zitnay, a neuropsychologist, calls Traumatic Brain Injuries the “invisible epidemic” because so few Americans know about it. Studies also show that “Mental Disabilities from a TBI are often ignored in society simply because people don’t know how to deal with the consequences of brain injuries and even turn away from those who suffer.”\n
  • There are two cases, mild and Severe. Mild beings sports injuries or falls and similar mishaps. Severe being motor vehicle accidents and violence from weapons. The risks for traumatic brain injuries is higher in the teenage age group. This group is rated more likely to suffer a TBI because they are more often engaged in sports and activities that can cause damage to the brain. For instance boys partake in contact sports and ride bikes and motorbikes without helmets. Many teens are not aware that while partaking in these sports they are putting themselves at serious risks for brain injuries. Dr. George Zitnay, a neuropsychologist, calls Traumatic Brain Injuries the “invisible epidemic” because so few Americans know about it. Studies also show that “Mental Disabilities from a TBI are often ignored in society simply because people don’t know how to deal with the consequences of brain injuries and even turn away from those who suffer.”\n
  • There are two cases, mild and Severe. Mild beings sports injuries or falls and similar mishaps. Severe being motor vehicle accidents and violence from weapons. The risks for traumatic brain injuries is higher in the teenage age group. This group is rated more likely to suffer a TBI because they are more often engaged in sports and activities that can cause damage to the brain. For instance boys partake in contact sports and ride bikes and motorbikes without helmets. Many teens are not aware that while partaking in these sports they are putting themselves at serious risks for brain injuries. Dr. George Zitnay, a neuropsychologist, calls Traumatic Brain Injuries the “invisible epidemic” because so few Americans know about it. Studies also show that “Mental Disabilities from a TBI are often ignored in society simply because people don’t know how to deal with the consequences of brain injuries and even turn away from those who suffer.”\n
  • There are two cases, mild and Severe. Mild beings sports injuries or falls and similar mishaps. Severe being motor vehicle accidents and violence from weapons. The risks for traumatic brain injuries is higher in the teenage age group. This group is rated more likely to suffer a TBI because they are more often engaged in sports and activities that can cause damage to the brain. For instance boys partake in contact sports and ride bikes and motorbikes without helmets. Many teens are not aware that while partaking in these sports they are putting themselves at serious risks for brain injuries. Dr. George Zitnay, a neuropsychologist, calls Traumatic Brain Injuries the “invisible epidemic” because so few Americans know about it. Studies also show that “Mental Disabilities from a TBI are often ignored in society simply because people don’t know how to deal with the consequences of brain injuries and even turn away from those who suffer.”\n
  • There are two cases, mild and Severe. Mild beings sports injuries or falls and similar mishaps. Severe being motor vehicle accidents and violence from weapons. The risks for traumatic brain injuries is higher in the teenage age group. This group is rated more likely to suffer a TBI because they are more often engaged in sports and activities that can cause damage to the brain. For instance boys partake in contact sports and ride bikes and motorbikes without helmets. Many teens are not aware that while partaking in these sports they are putting themselves at serious risks for brain injuries. Dr. George Zitnay, a neuropsychologist, calls Traumatic Brain Injuries the “invisible epidemic” because so few Americans know about it. Studies also show that “Mental Disabilities from a TBI are often ignored in society simply because people don’t know how to deal with the consequences of brain injuries and even turn away from those who suffer.”\n
  • There are two cases, mild and Severe. Mild beings sports injuries or falls and similar mishaps. Severe being motor vehicle accidents and violence from weapons. The risks for traumatic brain injuries is higher in the teenage age group. This group is rated more likely to suffer a TBI because they are more often engaged in sports and activities that can cause damage to the brain. For instance boys partake in contact sports and ride bikes and motorbikes without helmets. Many teens are not aware that while partaking in these sports they are putting themselves at serious risks for brain injuries. Dr. George Zitnay, a neuropsychologist, calls Traumatic Brain Injuries the “invisible epidemic” because so few Americans know about it. Studies also show that “Mental Disabilities from a TBI are often ignored in society simply because people don’t know how to deal with the consequences of brain injuries and even turn away from those who suffer.”\n
  • Two Categories, Closed and Open head injuries. Closed head injuries are when the skull remains intact. Open Head Injuries are when you received such a forceful hit that the skull broke open. Although closed head injuries do not involve a fractured skull, they can still be very devastating. The Brain is the bodies most complicated organ. When damaged, it may no longer be able to provide the instructions to complete the simplest of tasks. The skull is just one of the many skeletal structures provided to protect the brain. When this bone is fractured, broken, or punctured the meningies which are (tough, resilient, layers of fluid inside the skull used for protection) are no longer as much of a protection to the encased brain.\n
  • Two Categories, Closed and Open head injuries. Closed head injuries are when the skull remains intact. Open Head Injuries are when you received such a forceful hit that the skull broke open. Although closed head injuries do not involve a fractured skull, they can still be very devastating. The Brain is the bodies most complicated organ. When damaged, it may no longer be able to provide the instructions to complete the simplest of tasks. The skull is just one of the many skeletal structures provided to protect the brain. When this bone is fractured, broken, or punctured the meningies which are (tough, resilient, layers of fluid inside the skull used for protection) are no longer as much of a protection to the encased brain.\n
  • Two Categories, Closed and Open head injuries. Closed head injuries are when the skull remains intact. Open Head Injuries are when you received such a forceful hit that the skull broke open. Although closed head injuries do not involve a fractured skull, they can still be very devastating. The Brain is the bodies most complicated organ. When damaged, it may no longer be able to provide the instructions to complete the simplest of tasks. The skull is just one of the many skeletal structures provided to protect the brain. When this bone is fractured, broken, or punctured the meningies which are (tough, resilient, layers of fluid inside the skull used for protection) are no longer as much of a protection to the encased brain.\n
  • Concussions, are graded for there severness. Grade one being minor, grade two moderate, and grade three severe. Though it may not seem like a simple concussion is considered a TBI, it is. These injuries are not something to make light of. Ignoring the symptoms is very dangerous, and possibly life threatening. With Grade 1 concussions there is no loss of consciousness, but the athlete or other victim may have confusion that last up to but no longer than 15 minutes. In a Grade 2 concussion there is no loss of consciousness, but simply confusion for more than 15 minutes. In most Grade 2 cases, the player is removed from the game and benched until they have been symptom free for a week. Grade 3 Concussions are when the athlete loses consciousness. Often they are taken out of the game, and benched for a week if the loss of consciousness only lasted a few seconds. If unconsciousness last longer they strongly urge that you be benched for the season, and give up contact sports as a whole. \n
  • Concussions, are graded for there severness. Grade one being minor, grade two moderate, and grade three severe. Though it may not seem like a simple concussion is considered a TBI, it is. These injuries are not something to make light of. Ignoring the symptoms is very dangerous, and possibly life threatening. With Grade 1 concussions there is no loss of consciousness, but the athlete or other victim may have confusion that last up to but no longer than 15 minutes. In a Grade 2 concussion there is no loss of consciousness, but simply confusion for more than 15 minutes. In most Grade 2 cases, the player is removed from the game and benched until they have been symptom free for a week. Grade 3 Concussions are when the athlete loses consciousness. Often they are taken out of the game, and benched for a week if the loss of consciousness only lasted a few seconds. If unconsciousness last longer they strongly urge that you be benched for the season, and give up contact sports as a whole. \n
  • Concussions, are graded for there severness. Grade one being minor, grade two moderate, and grade three severe. Though it may not seem like a simple concussion is considered a TBI, it is. These injuries are not something to make light of. Ignoring the symptoms is very dangerous, and possibly life threatening. With Grade 1 concussions there is no loss of consciousness, but the athlete or other victim may have confusion that last up to but no longer than 15 minutes. In a Grade 2 concussion there is no loss of consciousness, but simply confusion for more than 15 minutes. In most Grade 2 cases, the player is removed from the game and benched until they have been symptom free for a week. Grade 3 Concussions are when the athlete loses consciousness. Often they are taken out of the game, and benched for a week if the loss of consciousness only lasted a few seconds. If unconsciousness last longer they strongly urge that you be benched for the season, and give up contact sports as a whole. \n
  • Concussions are found to be the most common form of a TBI. A concussion is simply a bruise to the brain. It may involve a period of nausea, headache, fever, fatigue, confusion, sleep disturbance, and Memory Lapses. However for some patients the symptoms may last several days or weeks, before returning to normal. Out of 1.5 million cases 75% are concussions. It is not to be looked past though, because it may lead to a severe, long-term consequence. \n
  • Concussions are found to be the most common form of a TBI. A concussion is simply a bruise to the brain. It may involve a period of nausea, headache, fever, fatigue, confusion, sleep disturbance, and Memory Lapses. However for some patients the symptoms may last several days or weeks, before returning to normal. Out of 1.5 million cases 75% are concussions. It is not to be looked past though, because it may lead to a severe, long-term consequence. \n
  • Concussions are found to be the most common form of a TBI. A concussion is simply a bruise to the brain. It may involve a period of nausea, headache, fever, fatigue, confusion, sleep disturbance, and Memory Lapses. However for some patients the symptoms may last several days or weeks, before returning to normal. Out of 1.5 million cases 75% are concussions. It is not to be looked past though, because it may lead to a severe, long-term consequence. \n
  • 1.5 Million Americans who sustain head injuries each year recover in a brief period of time, and do not suffer long-term effects. Though according to the CDC, some ninety thousand people will suffer long-term, possibly life long, disabilities. Many victims who suffer long-term effects may develop symptoms of dementia, a progressive decline in the ability to think, solve problems, communicate, and recall information. Studies show that serious head injuries increase a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Many brain trauma students are starting to exhibit similar symptoms of alzheimer’s at a much younger age.\n
  • 1.5 Million Americans who sustain head injuries each year recover in a brief period of time, and do not suffer long-term effects. Though according to the CDC, some ninety thousand people will suffer long-term, possibly life long, disabilities. Many victims who suffer long-term effects may develop symptoms of dementia, a progressive decline in the ability to think, solve problems, communicate, and recall information. Studies show that serious head injuries increase a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Many brain trauma students are starting to exhibit similar symptoms of alzheimer’s at a much younger age.\n
  • Post a TBI, your brain’s neurological functions may have been damaged. Instead of looking at food and salivating, you may look at food and sweat. Your brain may send you the signals to salivate simply when you hear your favorite song because the proper functions have been damaged. The brain’s functions have been damaged, so it sends signals for you body to do something, but it may not be the normal bodies function. TBI’s can also be paralyzing, the injury may have torn or misconfigured one of the neurons that helps the body function, such as sit up, move legs, arms, hands, etc. The victim may also suffer from memory loss and have difficulty focussing.\n
  • Post a TBI, your brain’s neurological functions may have been damaged. Instead of looking at food and salivating, you may look at food and sweat. Your brain may send you the signals to salivate simply when you hear your favorite song because the proper functions have been damaged. The brain’s functions have been damaged, so it sends signals for you body to do something, but it may not be the normal bodies function. TBI’s can also be paralyzing, the injury may have torn or misconfigured one of the neurons that helps the body function, such as sit up, move legs, arms, hands, etc. The victim may also suffer from memory loss and have difficulty focussing.\n
  • Post a TBI, your brain’s neurological functions may have been damaged. Instead of looking at food and salivating, you may look at food and sweat. Your brain may send you the signals to salivate simply when you hear your favorite song because the proper functions have been damaged. The brain’s functions have been damaged, so it sends signals for you body to do something, but it may not be the normal bodies function. TBI’s can also be paralyzing, the injury may have torn or misconfigured one of the neurons that helps the body function, such as sit up, move legs, arms, hands, etc. The victim may also suffer from memory loss and have difficulty focussing.\n
  • The initial treatment of TBI is usually performed by paramedics or other so-called first responders. After arriving on the scene of an accident, they are taking care of keeping the airway unblocked, providing breathing assistance, and keeping the blood circulating. If the blood continues to flow, and they cannot control the bleeding, the victim will be flown out or rushed by ambulance to the nearest hospital with the capabilities to treat the trauma. For our area this is usually the University of Penn. The most common procedure the surgeons perform will be an emergency operation in attempt to clot the blood and treat the wounds.\n
  • The initial treatment of TBI is usually performed by paramedics or other so-called first responders. After arriving on the scene of an accident, they are taking care of keeping the airway unblocked, providing breathing assistance, and keeping the blood circulating. If the blood continues to flow, and they cannot control the bleeding, the victim will be flown out or rushed by ambulance to the nearest hospital with the capabilities to treat the trauma. For our area this is usually the University of Penn. The most common procedure the surgeons perform will be an emergency operation in attempt to clot the blood and treat the wounds.\n
  • The initial treatment of TBI is usually performed by paramedics or other so-called first responders. After arriving on the scene of an accident, they are taking care of keeping the airway unblocked, providing breathing assistance, and keeping the blood circulating. If the blood continues to flow, and they cannot control the bleeding, the victim will be flown out or rushed by ambulance to the nearest hospital with the capabilities to treat the trauma. For our area this is usually the University of Penn. The most common procedure the surgeons perform will be an emergency operation in attempt to clot the blood and treat the wounds.\n
  • The initial treatment of TBI is usually performed by paramedics or other so-called first responders. After arriving on the scene of an accident, they are taking care of keeping the airway unblocked, providing breathing assistance, and keeping the blood circulating. If the blood continues to flow, and they cannot control the bleeding, the victim will be flown out or rushed by ambulance to the nearest hospital with the capabilities to treat the trauma. For our area this is usually the University of Penn. The most common procedure the surgeons perform will be an emergency operation in attempt to clot the blood and treat the wounds.\n
  • Suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury may change your life for good. A TBI may permanently alter a person’s career and occupation plans for the future. Effects may also be seen in your social and family relationships. Injuries to the head’s impairment of cognitive functions may result in a loss of communication skills and memory, inability to organize tasks and solve problems, and a decrease in attention to detail. It may also cause an inability to see, smell, and hear. \n
  • Suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury may change your life for good. A TBI may permanently alter a person’s career and occupation plans for the future. Effects may also be seen in your social and family relationships. Injuries to the head’s impairment of cognitive functions may result in a loss of communication skills and memory, inability to organize tasks and solve problems, and a decrease in attention to detail. It may also cause an inability to see, smell, and hear. \n
  • Suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury may change your life for good. A TBI may permanently alter a person’s career and occupation plans for the future. Effects may also be seen in your social and family relationships. Injuries to the head’s impairment of cognitive functions may result in a loss of communication skills and memory, inability to organize tasks and solve problems, and a decrease in attention to detail. It may also cause an inability to see, smell, and hear. \n
  • TBI’s can possibly lead to a Mental Illness. In addition to depression, the victim may also suffer from Personality Disorders. They may go from easy-going and friendly, to suspicious and unfriendly. Family members may build a barrier against the victim, because they are unaware of how they will take a joke or simple comment, and don’t want the feelings of the victim to be hurt.\n
  • TBI’s can possibly lead to a Mental Illness. In addition to depression, the victim may also suffer from Personality Disorders. They may go from easy-going and friendly, to suspicious and unfriendly. Family members may build a barrier against the victim, because they are unaware of how they will take a joke or simple comment, and don’t want the feelings of the victim to be hurt.\n
  • TBI’s can possibly lead to a Mental Illness. In addition to depression, the victim may also suffer from Personality Disorders. They may go from easy-going and friendly, to suspicious and unfriendly. Family members may build a barrier against the victim, because they are unaware of how they will take a joke or simple comment, and don’t want the feelings of the victim to be hurt.\n
  • (Read Old Definition) This definition is said to be problematic with so many advances in technology. With CPR and Defibrillation becoming so well known, they can restart a stopped heart and life can sometimes be sustained by organ transplants or life-support devices even without a functioning heart of lungs. \n(Read New One) They established the new definition because when life support systems could maintain heart and lung function indefinitely, doctors needed a new legal definition of death that would enable them to declare a person dead and remove organs for transplant.\n
  • (Read Old Definition) This definition is said to be problematic with so many advances in technology. With CPR and Defibrillation becoming so well known, they can restart a stopped heart and life can sometimes be sustained by organ transplants or life-support devices even without a functioning heart of lungs. \n(Read New One) They established the new definition because when life support systems could maintain heart and lung function indefinitely, doctors needed a new legal definition of death that would enable them to declare a person dead and remove organs for transplant.\n
  • (Read Old Definition) This definition is said to be problematic with so many advances in technology. With CPR and Defibrillation becoming so well known, they can restart a stopped heart and life can sometimes be sustained by organ transplants or life-support devices even without a functioning heart of lungs. \n(Read New One) They established the new definition because when life support systems could maintain heart and lung function indefinitely, doctors needed a new legal definition of death that would enable them to declare a person dead and remove organs for transplant.\n
  • According to a CDC or the Center for Disease Control study, the costs of caring for TBI patients approaches $38 Billion per year. For the injured person and their loved ones, the physical and emotional tolls from permanent disability are profound and impossible to quantity. For the Austin’s the financial affects on the family is taking its toll. Fighting for insurance, money, and care is just a few tolls their family faces. They are strong-willed and would do anything for anyone, which is why I chose to help there family, especially Shannon.\n
  • According to a CDC or the Center for Disease Control study, the costs of caring for TBI patients approaches $38 Billion per year. For the injured person and their loved ones, the physical and emotional tolls from permanent disability are profound and impossible to quantity. For the Austin’s the financial affects on the family is taking its toll. Fighting for insurance, money, and care is just a few tolls their family faces. They are strong-willed and would do anything for anyone, which is why I chose to help there family, especially Shannon.\n
  • According to a CDC or the Center for Disease Control study, the costs of caring for TBI patients approaches $38 Billion per year. For the injured person and their loved ones, the physical and emotional tolls from permanent disability are profound and impossible to quantity. For the Austin’s the financial affects on the family is taking its toll. Fighting for insurance, money, and care is just a few tolls their family faces. They are strong-willed and would do anything for anyone, which is why I chose to help there family, especially Shannon.\n
  • Shannon was actually born a day later than me. She attended Norristown Area High School, and would be a senior just like us. Shannon was a girl who loved to be out with her friends, but at the same time be safe. She was very helpful, creative, and optimistic. The day she was struck by a car, she was crossing the street after helping out at her Church’s Bizarre. Shannon now suffers from a TBI. She currently lives at home with her mom and dad, who love every bit of time they spend with her. Shannon currently depends on a lot of help from others for her care. Insurance companies are just one of the many struggles the Austin’s have to deal with post the accident. The first time I met Shannon, we developed a bond simply with a smile. She knew that other people were always going to be there for her. \n
  • Shannon was actually born a day later than me. She attended Norristown Area High School, and would be a senior just like us. Shannon was a girl who loved to be out with her friends, but at the same time be safe. She was very helpful, creative, and optimistic. The day she was struck by a car, she was crossing the street after helping out at her Church’s Bizarre. Shannon now suffers from a TBI. She currently lives at home with her mom and dad, who love every bit of time they spend with her. Shannon currently depends on a lot of help from others for her care. Insurance companies are just one of the many struggles the Austin’s have to deal with post the accident. The first time I met Shannon, we developed a bond simply with a smile. She knew that other people were always going to be there for her. \n
  • Shannon was actually born a day later than me. She attended Norristown Area High School, and would be a senior just like us. Shannon was a girl who loved to be out with her friends, but at the same time be safe. She was very helpful, creative, and optimistic. The day she was struck by a car, she was crossing the street after helping out at her Church’s Bizarre. Shannon now suffers from a TBI. She currently lives at home with her mom and dad, who love every bit of time they spend with her. Shannon currently depends on a lot of help from others for her care. Insurance companies are just one of the many struggles the Austin’s have to deal with post the accident. The first time I met Shannon, we developed a bond simply with a smile. She knew that other people were always going to be there for her. \n
  • Shannon was blessed with an amazing family, as they were with her. They are very close knit. Shannon’s mom and dad are always there for her, before and after the accident. Her mom always encouraged her and pushed her to work and try harder, and she always did. Shannon’s extended family is quite a gift as well. They are all there for her through everything. She can count on them to be there with every surgery, doctors appointment, fundraisers, and even academic functions. Shannon also was blessed with an artistic mind and talent. Before Shannon’s accident she was quite the drawer, and might I say, she is still better than me today. The background of this slide was actually one of her pieces of art. If she wasn’t painting or drawing, she was designing her own clothes, and making new outfits. Shannon was also quite the music buff. She had an ipod filled with songs and listened to it everywhere. Post the accident Shannon wasn’t able to update her IPOD’s music selection, so I took it upon myself to add some new songs, artists, and albums. She was so excited. Shannon’s friends are amazing, they still stop by and tell her all the gossip that goes on at high school. They also attend benefits for Shannon. Shannon was also very adventurous. She loves the outdoors. Her mom and her frequently went camping and she was allowed to take friends, which offered bonding for her and her mom. Swimming and sunbathing were also favorite pastimes. She loved the pool in her yard, and where the water meets the sand. Shannon also loved attending the Daddy Daughter Dance, which was bonding time for her and her father, and she said it was just one of the greatest nights ever. \n
  • Shannon was blessed with an amazing family, as they were with her. They are very close knit. Shannon’s mom and dad are always there for her, before and after the accident. Her mom always encouraged her and pushed her to work and try harder, and she always did. Shannon’s extended family is quite a gift as well. They are all there for her through everything. She can count on them to be there with every surgery, doctors appointment, fundraisers, and even academic functions. Shannon also was blessed with an artistic mind and talent. Before Shannon’s accident she was quite the drawer, and might I say, she is still better than me today. The background of this slide was actually one of her pieces of art. If she wasn’t painting or drawing, she was designing her own clothes, and making new outfits. Shannon was also quite the music buff. She had an ipod filled with songs and listened to it everywhere. Post the accident Shannon wasn’t able to update her IPOD’s music selection, so I took it upon myself to add some new songs, artists, and albums. She was so excited. Shannon’s friends are amazing, they still stop by and tell her all the gossip that goes on at high school. They also attend benefits for Shannon. Shannon was also very adventurous. She loves the outdoors. Her mom and her frequently went camping and she was allowed to take friends, which offered bonding for her and her mom. Swimming and sunbathing were also favorite pastimes. She loved the pool in her yard, and where the water meets the sand. Shannon also loved attending the Daddy Daughter Dance, which was bonding time for her and her father, and she said it was just one of the greatest nights ever. \n
  • Shannon was blessed with an amazing family, as they were with her. They are very close knit. Shannon’s mom and dad are always there for her, before and after the accident. Her mom always encouraged her and pushed her to work and try harder, and she always did. Shannon’s extended family is quite a gift as well. They are all there for her through everything. She can count on them to be there with every surgery, doctors appointment, fundraisers, and even academic functions. Shannon also was blessed with an artistic mind and talent. Before Shannon’s accident she was quite the drawer, and might I say, she is still better than me today. The background of this slide was actually one of her pieces of art. If she wasn’t painting or drawing, she was designing her own clothes, and making new outfits. Shannon was also quite the music buff. She had an ipod filled with songs and listened to it everywhere. Post the accident Shannon wasn’t able to update her IPOD’s music selection, so I took it upon myself to add some new songs, artists, and albums. She was so excited. Shannon’s friends are amazing, they still stop by and tell her all the gossip that goes on at high school. They also attend benefits for Shannon. Shannon was also very adventurous. She loves the outdoors. Her mom and her frequently went camping and she was allowed to take friends, which offered bonding for her and her mom. Swimming and sunbathing were also favorite pastimes. She loved the pool in her yard, and where the water meets the sand. Shannon also loved attending the Daddy Daughter Dance, which was bonding time for her and her father, and she said it was just one of the greatest nights ever. \n
  • Shannon was blessed with an amazing family, as they were with her. They are very close knit. Shannon’s mom and dad are always there for her, before and after the accident. Her mom always encouraged her and pushed her to work and try harder, and she always did. Shannon’s extended family is quite a gift as well. They are all there for her through everything. She can count on them to be there with every surgery, doctors appointment, fundraisers, and even academic functions. Shannon also was blessed with an artistic mind and talent. Before Shannon’s accident she was quite the drawer, and might I say, she is still better than me today. The background of this slide was actually one of her pieces of art. If she wasn’t painting or drawing, she was designing her own clothes, and making new outfits. Shannon was also quite the music buff. She had an ipod filled with songs and listened to it everywhere. Post the accident Shannon wasn’t able to update her IPOD’s music selection, so I took it upon myself to add some new songs, artists, and albums. She was so excited. Shannon’s friends are amazing, they still stop by and tell her all the gossip that goes on at high school. They also attend benefits for Shannon. Shannon was also very adventurous. She loves the outdoors. Her mom and her frequently went camping and she was allowed to take friends, which offered bonding for her and her mom. Swimming and sunbathing were also favorite pastimes. She loved the pool in her yard, and where the water meets the sand. Shannon also loved attending the Daddy Daughter Dance, which was bonding time for her and her father, and she said it was just one of the greatest nights ever. \n
  • Shannon was blessed with an amazing family, as they were with her. They are very close knit. Shannon’s mom and dad are always there for her, before and after the accident. Her mom always encouraged her and pushed her to work and try harder, and she always did. Shannon’s extended family is quite a gift as well. They are all there for her through everything. She can count on them to be there with every surgery, doctors appointment, fundraisers, and even academic functions. Shannon also was blessed with an artistic mind and talent. Before Shannon’s accident she was quite the drawer, and might I say, she is still better than me today. The background of this slide was actually one of her pieces of art. If she wasn’t painting or drawing, she was designing her own clothes, and making new outfits. Shannon was also quite the music buff. She had an ipod filled with songs and listened to it everywhere. Post the accident Shannon wasn’t able to update her IPOD’s music selection, so I took it upon myself to add some new songs, artists, and albums. She was so excited. Shannon’s friends are amazing, they still stop by and tell her all the gossip that goes on at high school. They also attend benefits for Shannon. Shannon was also very adventurous. She loves the outdoors. Her mom and her frequently went camping and she was allowed to take friends, which offered bonding for her and her mom. Swimming and sunbathing were also favorite pastimes. She loved the pool in her yard, and where the water meets the sand. Shannon also loved attending the Daddy Daughter Dance, which was bonding time for her and her father, and she said it was just one of the greatest nights ever. \n
  • Shannon was blessed with an amazing family, as they were with her. They are very close knit. Shannon’s mom and dad are always there for her, before and after the accident. Her mom always encouraged her and pushed her to work and try harder, and she always did. Shannon’s extended family is quite a gift as well. They are all there for her through everything. She can count on them to be there with every surgery, doctors appointment, fundraisers, and even academic functions. Shannon also was blessed with an artistic mind and talent. Before Shannon’s accident she was quite the drawer, and might I say, she is still better than me today. The background of this slide was actually one of her pieces of art. If she wasn’t painting or drawing, she was designing her own clothes, and making new outfits. Shannon was also quite the music buff. She had an ipod filled with songs and listened to it everywhere. Post the accident Shannon wasn’t able to update her IPOD’s music selection, so I took it upon myself to add some new songs, artists, and albums. She was so excited. Shannon’s friends are amazing, they still stop by and tell her all the gossip that goes on at high school. They also attend benefits for Shannon. Shannon was also very adventurous. She loves the outdoors. Her mom and her frequently went camping and she was allowed to take friends, which offered bonding for her and her mom. Swimming and sunbathing were also favorite pastimes. She loved the pool in her yard, and where the water meets the sand. Shannon also loved attending the Daddy Daughter Dance, which was bonding time for her and her father, and she said it was just one of the greatest nights ever. \n
  • Shannon was blessed with an amazing family, as they were with her. They are very close knit. Shannon’s mom and dad are always there for her, before and after the accident. Her mom always encouraged her and pushed her to work and try harder, and she always did. Shannon’s extended family is quite a gift as well. They are all there for her through everything. She can count on them to be there with every surgery, doctors appointment, fundraisers, and even academic functions. Shannon also was blessed with an artistic mind and talent. Before Shannon’s accident she was quite the drawer, and might I say, she is still better than me today. The background of this slide was actually one of her pieces of art. If she wasn’t painting or drawing, she was designing her own clothes, and making new outfits. Shannon was also quite the music buff. She had an ipod filled with songs and listened to it everywhere. Post the accident Shannon wasn’t able to update her IPOD’s music selection, so I took it upon myself to add some new songs, artists, and albums. She was so excited. Shannon’s friends are amazing, they still stop by and tell her all the gossip that goes on at high school. They also attend benefits for Shannon. Shannon was also very adventurous. She loves the outdoors. Her mom and her frequently went camping and she was allowed to take friends, which offered bonding for her and her mom. Swimming and sunbathing were also favorite pastimes. She loved the pool in her yard, and where the water meets the sand. Shannon also loved attending the Daddy Daughter Dance, which was bonding time for her and her father, and she said it was just one of the greatest nights ever. \n
  • Shannon was blessed with an amazing family, as they were with her. They are very close knit. Shannon’s mom and dad are always there for her, before and after the accident. Her mom always encouraged her and pushed her to work and try harder, and she always did. Shannon’s extended family is quite a gift as well. They are all there for her through everything. She can count on them to be there with every surgery, doctors appointment, fundraisers, and even academic functions. Shannon also was blessed with an artistic mind and talent. Before Shannon’s accident she was quite the drawer, and might I say, she is still better than me today. The background of this slide was actually one of her pieces of art. If she wasn’t painting or drawing, she was designing her own clothes, and making new outfits. Shannon was also quite the music buff. She had an ipod filled with songs and listened to it everywhere. Post the accident Shannon wasn’t able to update her IPOD’s music selection, so I took it upon myself to add some new songs, artists, and albums. She was so excited. Shannon’s friends are amazing, they still stop by and tell her all the gossip that goes on at high school. They also attend benefits for Shannon. Shannon was also very adventurous. She loves the outdoors. Her mom and her frequently went camping and she was allowed to take friends, which offered bonding for her and her mom. Swimming and sunbathing were also favorite pastimes. She loved the pool in her yard, and where the water meets the sand. Shannon also loved attending the Daddy Daughter Dance, which was bonding time for her and her father, and she said it was just one of the greatest nights ever. \n
  • Shannon was blessed with an amazing family, as they were with her. They are very close knit. Shannon’s mom and dad are always there for her, before and after the accident. Her mom always encouraged her and pushed her to work and try harder, and she always did. Shannon’s extended family is quite a gift as well. They are all there for her through everything. She can count on them to be there with every surgery, doctors appointment, fundraisers, and even academic functions. Shannon also was blessed with an artistic mind and talent. Before Shannon’s accident she was quite the drawer, and might I say, she is still better than me today. The background of this slide was actually one of her pieces of art. If she wasn’t painting or drawing, she was designing her own clothes, and making new outfits. Shannon was also quite the music buff. She had an ipod filled with songs and listened to it everywhere. Post the accident Shannon wasn’t able to update her IPOD’s music selection, so I took it upon myself to add some new songs, artists, and albums. She was so excited. Shannon’s friends are amazing, they still stop by and tell her all the gossip that goes on at high school. They also attend benefits for Shannon. Shannon was also very adventurous. She loves the outdoors. Her mom and her frequently went camping and she was allowed to take friends, which offered bonding for her and her mom. Swimming and sunbathing were also favorite pastimes. She loved the pool in her yard, and where the water meets the sand. Shannon also loved attending the Daddy Daughter Dance, which was bonding time for her and her father, and she said it was just one of the greatest nights ever. \n
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  • Once first responders arrived on the scene they realized how bad Shannon’s condition was, and she was taken by helicopter to the hospital. Her family and parents went to the hospital, anxiously awaiting news on Shannon’s condition. Doctors worked quickly and efficiently towards getting her stable. Once Shannon was stable, numerous tests were run on her, to see further damage that was done to the neurological functions of the brain. Shannon suffered a massive TBI. She was unable to move parts of her body, speak, or do any of her normal functions.\n
  • One of the most frequent issues the Austin’s face post the accident, is the denied health insurance claims. The companies give the family nothing but a huge struggle and waste of time, for a negative answer with each argument they present the company with. Like I said before, money is an issue. Shannon requires nurses daily for her care, and insurance to cover much of the medical procedures and surgeries that she has been undergoing for the past three years. They aren’t asking much, its just that financially the times are hard, and for this reason they try to submit claims with the insurance companies. Mrs. Austin’s sister maintains an account of money raised for Shannon, to try and cover her recovery and health needs, but it just is not enough. Its been a rough road for the family, and I wanted to change this for them. For my application I became Shannon’s “recovery.” \n
  • One of the most frequent issues the Austin’s face post the accident, is the denied health insurance claims. The companies give the family nothing but a huge struggle and waste of time, for a negative answer with each argument they present the company with. Like I said before, money is an issue. Shannon requires nurses daily for her care, and insurance to cover much of the medical procedures and surgeries that she has been undergoing for the past three years. They aren’t asking much, its just that financially the times are hard, and for this reason they try to submit claims with the insurance companies. Mrs. Austin’s sister maintains an account of money raised for Shannon, to try and cover her recovery and health needs, but it just is not enough. Its been a rough road for the family, and I wanted to change this for them. For my application I became Shannon’s “recovery.” \n
  • One of the most frequent issues the Austin’s face post the accident, is the denied health insurance claims. The companies give the family nothing but a huge struggle and waste of time, for a negative answer with each argument they present the company with. Like I said before, money is an issue. Shannon requires nurses daily for her care, and insurance to cover much of the medical procedures and surgeries that she has been undergoing for the past three years. They aren’t asking much, its just that financially the times are hard, and for this reason they try to submit claims with the insurance companies. Mrs. Austin’s sister maintains an account of money raised for Shannon, to try and cover her recovery and health needs, but it just is not enough. Its been a rough road for the family, and I wanted to change this for them. For my application I became Shannon’s “recovery.” \n
  • Shannon was not able to stay in her rehab for a long period of time due to money issues. She moved home, to a house that at the time was not suited for her living style. She had a bedroom on the second floor, stairs to every door to the entrances to the house, but her mom was not going to let that stop her daughter from living in her own home. After working out loans with the bank, the Austin’s remodeled there home, putting a new deck with a ramp leading to the back door, a hydraulic lift to the kitchen door, and a brand new room for Shannon on the first floor, that is suited for her lifestyle. Shannon now has a full sized handicap bathroom with a handicap accessible shower and full sized tub. She can now get around her house, and be just about everywhere with her parents, family, and friends.\n
  • Shannon was not able to stay in her rehab for a long period of time due to money issues. She moved home, to a house that at the time was not suited for her living style. She had a bedroom on the second floor, stairs to every door to the entrances to the house, but her mom was not going to let that stop her daughter from living in her own home. After working out loans with the bank, the Austin’s remodeled there home, putting a new deck with a ramp leading to the back door, a hydraulic lift to the kitchen door, and a brand new room for Shannon on the first floor, that is suited for her lifestyle. Shannon now has a full sized handicap bathroom with a handicap accessible shower and full sized tub. She can now get around her house, and be just about everywhere with her parents, family, and friends.\n
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  • (Read Slide) Shannon’s education was put on hold for a few years, after the accident. She wasn’t in the condition to be in a school at the time. She was having so many surgeries and tests done, that it wouldn’t be affordable to have her enrolled in a school if she was frequently missing numerous amounts of days in a regular school week. Shannon began re-attending school this year. She wakes up every morning and goes through a normal day similar to many of ours. Wakes up at five, gets ready for school, packs a lunch, and waits in the driveway for her bus to pick her and her nurse up to take them to school. Upon her arrival to school she goes through normal classes and activities just at a different pace than she did before the accident. \n
  • (Read Slide) Shannon’s education was put on hold for a few years, after the accident. She wasn’t in the condition to be in a school at the time. She was having so many surgeries and tests done, that it wouldn’t be affordable to have her enrolled in a school if she was frequently missing numerous amounts of days in a regular school week. Shannon began re-attending school this year. She wakes up every morning and goes through a normal day similar to many of ours. Wakes up at five, gets ready for school, packs a lunch, and waits in the driveway for her bus to pick her and her nurse up to take them to school. Upon her arrival to school she goes through normal classes and activities just at a different pace than she did before the accident. \n
  • (Read Slide) Shannon’s education was put on hold for a few years, after the accident. She wasn’t in the condition to be in a school at the time. She was having so many surgeries and tests done, that it wouldn’t be affordable to have her enrolled in a school if she was frequently missing numerous amounts of days in a regular school week. Shannon began re-attending school this year. She wakes up every morning and goes through a normal day similar to many of ours. Wakes up at five, gets ready for school, packs a lunch, and waits in the driveway for her bus to pick her and her nurse up to take them to school. Upon her arrival to school she goes through normal classes and activities just at a different pace than she did before the accident. \n
  • Everyday Shannon arrives at school at approximately at 9:30. Roll call takes place, by a student hitting an automated machine that calls out each students name, and if they respond “here” or “present” they aren’t marked absent. Circle time is next. Usually during circle time, they go over the days of the week, seasons of year, and the month. The kids then have a short snack time. Next is theme day, which is like their gym activity, coloring, learning about countries, painting, etc. Shannon then goes to physical therapy. At physical therapy they are working on activities that will hopefully give her the ability to stand on her own in the near future. She then comes back to her classroom and gets fed a liquid food source through her tracheal tube in her throat along with soft foods like yogurt. Lunch is an hour and 15 minutes long, so she usually takes a nap. They than have more theme day activities. Some days the music teacher comes in with all sorts of instruments for the kids to play and sing-a-long with. After that, it is the end of the day for Shannon and all her friends in her class. So they pack there backpacks up and board their buses and head home to be with their families at night. Shannon goes home with her nurse on her bus and she spends the night with her family. And the next day gets up to do the same thing again, monday through friday.\n
  • Everyday Shannon arrives at school at approximately at 9:30. Roll call takes place, by a student hitting an automated machine that calls out each students name, and if they respond “here” or “present” they aren’t marked absent. Circle time is next. Usually during circle time, they go over the days of the week, seasons of year, and the month. The kids then have a short snack time. Next is theme day, which is like their gym activity, coloring, learning about countries, painting, etc. Shannon then goes to physical therapy. At physical therapy they are working on activities that will hopefully give her the ability to stand on her own in the near future. She then comes back to her classroom and gets fed a liquid food source through her tracheal tube in her throat along with soft foods like yogurt. Lunch is an hour and 15 minutes long, so she usually takes a nap. They than have more theme day activities. Some days the music teacher comes in with all sorts of instruments for the kids to play and sing-a-long with. After that, it is the end of the day for Shannon and all her friends in her class. So they pack there backpacks up and board their buses and head home to be with their families at night. Shannon goes home with her nurse on her bus and she spends the night with her family. And the next day gets up to do the same thing again, monday through friday.\n
  • Everyday Shannon arrives at school at approximately at 9:30. Roll call takes place, by a student hitting an automated machine that calls out each students name, and if they respond “here” or “present” they aren’t marked absent. Circle time is next. Usually during circle time, they go over the days of the week, seasons of year, and the month. The kids then have a short snack time. Next is theme day, which is like their gym activity, coloring, learning about countries, painting, etc. Shannon then goes to physical therapy. At physical therapy they are working on activities that will hopefully give her the ability to stand on her own in the near future. She then comes back to her classroom and gets fed a liquid food source through her tracheal tube in her throat along with soft foods like yogurt. Lunch is an hour and 15 minutes long, so she usually takes a nap. They than have more theme day activities. Some days the music teacher comes in with all sorts of instruments for the kids to play and sing-a-long with. After that, it is the end of the day for Shannon and all her friends in her class. So they pack there backpacks up and board their buses and head home to be with their families at night. Shannon goes home with her nurse on her bus and she spends the night with her family. And the next day gets up to do the same thing again, monday through friday.\n
  • Pacers is a program coordinated by the Physical Therapy Teacher that all the kids in Shannon’s Class take part in. The activities are ones that meet the abilities of the students in her class. They walk or wheel themselves around the gym track a few times. Then they take weights and do curls of 2-10 lbs weights for counts of 10. This activity gets all the kids active and helps strengthen their arms, legs, and allows them to relieve stress and energy before they start learning in their day.\n
  • Pacers is a program coordinated by the Physical Therapy Teacher that all the kids in Shannon’s Class take part in. The activities are ones that meet the abilities of the students in her class. They walk or wheel themselves around the gym track a few times. Then they take weights and do curls of 2-10 lbs weights for counts of 10. This activity gets all the kids active and helps strengthen their arms, legs, and allows them to relieve stress and energy before they start learning in their day.\n
  • Pacers is a program coordinated by the Physical Therapy Teacher that all the kids in Shannon’s Class take part in. The activities are ones that meet the abilities of the students in her class. They walk or wheel themselves around the gym track a few times. Then they take weights and do curls of 2-10 lbs weights for counts of 10. This activity gets all the kids active and helps strengthen their arms, legs, and allows them to relieve stress and energy before they start learning in their day.\n
  • Pacers is a program coordinated by the Physical Therapy Teacher that all the kids in Shannon’s Class take part in. The activities are ones that meet the abilities of the students in her class. They walk or wheel themselves around the gym track a few times. Then they take weights and do curls of 2-10 lbs weights for counts of 10. This activity gets all the kids active and helps strengthen their arms, legs, and allows them to relieve stress and energy before they start learning in their day.\n
  • Shannon’s physical therapy occurs everyday at her school. She has her own allotted time with Ms.Marcy. Ms. Marcy challenges Shannon to complete difficult tasks, but with the purpose of a new accomplishment each day. On my day’s visit, Shannon was asked to sit up on her own, without someone supporting her from falling back. To us these seems like a simple tasks, but imagine if all the things you know how to do now, were pulled right out from under your feet. It’s not so simple. Shannon was able to find her balance and sit on her own, and has been working on this frequently, and she is getting better with it each time. Shannon’s progress is truly mind-blowing. Another activity Shannon did, was to sit on the PT bed and look around the large room for colored cones. Once she spotted them, she was to say the color. This activity was to test her full view of motion in her head, and peripheral sights. At this time, Shannon is having trouble with looking to her bottom right. This activity is similar to a permit for a car, she has to complete it each time before she gets in her electric wheel chair to help her with judgement of turns and direction but also to make sure she can maintain an upright structure. \n
  • Shannon’s physical therapy occurs everyday at her school. She has her own allotted time with Ms.Marcy. Ms. Marcy challenges Shannon to complete difficult tasks, but with the purpose of a new accomplishment each day. On my day’s visit, Shannon was asked to sit up on her own, without someone supporting her from falling back. To us these seems like a simple tasks, but imagine if all the things you know how to do now, were pulled right out from under your feet. It’s not so simple. Shannon was able to find her balance and sit on her own, and has been working on this frequently, and she is getting better with it each time. Shannon’s progress is truly mind-blowing. Another activity Shannon did, was to sit on the PT bed and look around the large room for colored cones. Once she spotted them, she was to say the color. This activity was to test her full view of motion in her head, and peripheral sights. At this time, Shannon is having trouble with looking to her bottom right. This activity is similar to a permit for a car, she has to complete it each time before she gets in her electric wheel chair to help her with judgement of turns and direction but also to make sure she can maintain an upright structure. \n
  • Shannon’s physical therapy occurs everyday at her school. She has her own allotted time with Ms.Marcy. Ms. Marcy challenges Shannon to complete difficult tasks, but with the purpose of a new accomplishment each day. On my day’s visit, Shannon was asked to sit up on her own, without someone supporting her from falling back. To us these seems like a simple tasks, but imagine if all the things you know how to do now, were pulled right out from under your feet. It’s not so simple. Shannon was able to find her balance and sit on her own, and has been working on this frequently, and she is getting better with it each time. Shannon’s progress is truly mind-blowing. Another activity Shannon did, was to sit on the PT bed and look around the large room for colored cones. Once she spotted them, she was to say the color. This activity was to test her full view of motion in her head, and peripheral sights. At this time, Shannon is having trouble with looking to her bottom right. This activity is similar to a permit for a car, she has to complete it each time before she gets in her electric wheel chair to help her with judgement of turns and direction but also to make sure she can maintain an upright structure. \n
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  • Shannon’s school is a school for both children and adults with disabilities. Students are placed in classrooms based upon their disabilities and functioning. Shannon’s room has primarily students who suffer from mental disabilities, but still are very mobile and active. The room Shannon was originally supposed to be in was a classroom in which the students require much more care because they suffered from TBI’s. Upon them meeting Shannon, they realized she has much to offer, and was capable of so much, so they tried her in the other classroom and it was a success. Some kids in her room are in wheelchairs, others have the capabilities to walk. There class room is not set up much different from our school. There are desks and chairs, and special desks for wheelchair students. They have mac computers, and technology based class rooms. The students are learning how to use the technology, which is helping with their hand eye coordination.\n
  • Shannon’s school is a school for both children and adults with disabilities. Students are placed in classrooms based upon their disabilities and functioning. Shannon’s room has primarily students who suffer from mental disabilities, but still are very mobile and active. The room Shannon was originally supposed to be in was a classroom in which the students require much more care because they suffered from TBI’s. Upon them meeting Shannon, they realized she has much to offer, and was capable of so much, so they tried her in the other classroom and it was a success. Some kids in her room are in wheelchairs, others have the capabilities to walk. There class room is not set up much different from our school. There are desks and chairs, and special desks for wheelchair students. They have mac computers, and technology based class rooms. The students are learning how to use the technology, which is helping with their hand eye coordination.\n
  • Shannon’s school is a school for both children and adults with disabilities. Students are placed in classrooms based upon their disabilities and functioning. Shannon’s room has primarily students who suffer from mental disabilities, but still are very mobile and active. The room Shannon was originally supposed to be in was a classroom in which the students require much more care because they suffered from TBI’s. Upon them meeting Shannon, they realized she has much to offer, and was capable of so much, so they tried her in the other classroom and it was a success. Some kids in her room are in wheelchairs, others have the capabilities to walk. There class room is not set up much different from our school. There are desks and chairs, and special desks for wheelchair students. They have mac computers, and technology based class rooms. The students are learning how to use the technology, which is helping with their hand eye coordination.\n
  • When Shannon is ready to go home, she normally catches a bus with her nurse. On this day, Shannon was going home in her new conversion van with Aunt DJ, Nurse Katie, and Me! After a long and tiresome day from physical therapy this is Shannon’s time to take another nap. She had a great day, and put forth such an effort. She was ready to go home and see her mommy.\n
  • When Shannon is ready to go home, she normally catches a bus with her nurse. On this day, Shannon was going home in her new conversion van with Aunt DJ, Nurse Katie, and Me! After a long and tiresome day from physical therapy this is Shannon’s time to take another nap. She had a great day, and put forth such an effort. She was ready to go home and see her mommy.\n
  • When Shannon is ready to go home, she normally catches a bus with her nurse. On this day, Shannon was going home in her new conversion van with Aunt DJ, Nurse Katie, and Me! After a long and tiresome day from physical therapy this is Shannon’s time to take another nap. She had a great day, and put forth such an effort. She was ready to go home and see her mommy.\n
  • (READ SLIDE) Shannon can now speak back to people. Shannon also sees a speech therapist at school occasionally. They work on words both easy and hard, that test her ability to speak and pronounce certain sounds. Shannon has gained more control over the movement of both her arms and legs, and continues to show improvements at home and Physical Therapy. Shannon is getting better each day with her electric wheel chair. She has been learning speed, angle, and turn control over the past few weeks. The PT teachers are noticing all the great improvements. If Shannon’s progress continues to lead in this positive path, PT instructors believe that she will be able to walk on her own, without any supports or walkers in the near future. \n
  • (READ SLIDE) Shannon can now speak back to people. Shannon also sees a speech therapist at school occasionally. They work on words both easy and hard, that test her ability to speak and pronounce certain sounds. Shannon has gained more control over the movement of both her arms and legs, and continues to show improvements at home and Physical Therapy. Shannon is getting better each day with her electric wheel chair. She has been learning speed, angle, and turn control over the past few weeks. The PT teachers are noticing all the great improvements. If Shannon’s progress continues to lead in this positive path, PT instructors believe that she will be able to walk on her own, without any supports or walkers in the near future. \n
  • (READ SLIDE) Shannon can now speak back to people. Shannon also sees a speech therapist at school occasionally. They work on words both easy and hard, that test her ability to speak and pronounce certain sounds. Shannon has gained more control over the movement of both her arms and legs, and continues to show improvements at home and Physical Therapy. Shannon is getting better each day with her electric wheel chair. She has been learning speed, angle, and turn control over the past few weeks. The PT teachers are noticing all the great improvements. If Shannon’s progress continues to lead in this positive path, PT instructors believe that she will be able to walk on her own, without any supports or walkers in the near future. \n
  • (READ SLIDE) Shannon can now speak back to people. Shannon also sees a speech therapist at school occasionally. They work on words both easy and hard, that test her ability to speak and pronounce certain sounds. Shannon has gained more control over the movement of both her arms and legs, and continues to show improvements at home and Physical Therapy. Shannon is getting better each day with her electric wheel chair. She has been learning speed, angle, and turn control over the past few weeks. The PT teachers are noticing all the great improvements. If Shannon’s progress continues to lead in this positive path, PT instructors believe that she will be able to walk on her own, without any supports or walkers in the near future. \n
  • (READ SLIDE) Shannon can now speak back to people. Shannon also sees a speech therapist at school occasionally. They work on words both easy and hard, that test her ability to speak and pronounce certain sounds. Shannon has gained more control over the movement of both her arms and legs, and continues to show improvements at home and Physical Therapy. Shannon is getting better each day with her electric wheel chair. She has been learning speed, angle, and turn control over the past few weeks. The PT teachers are noticing all the great improvements. If Shannon’s progress continues to lead in this positive path, PT instructors believe that she will be able to walk on her own, without any supports or walkers in the near future. \n
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  • READ SLIDE!! Up next you will witness the moment that was caught on camera\n
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  • Read SLIDE!! \nBob Robins has helped the Austin’s before. He thinks Shannon and her family are amazing people, and is really sorry that this happened for their family. He has offered the students of Shannon’s School free Chick-fil-a whenever they go to the mall. Bob opened up one of the nights in which he will donate 10% of our profits from the night between the hours of 5-8 pm to go towards Shannon and her family, to make the money problems they are experiencing less stressful. \n
  • Read SLIDE!! \nBob Robins has helped the Austin’s before. He thinks Shannon and her family are amazing people, and is really sorry that this happened for their family. He has offered the students of Shannon’s School free Chick-fil-a whenever they go to the mall. Bob opened up one of the nights in which he will donate 10% of our profits from the night between the hours of 5-8 pm to go towards Shannon and her family, to make the money problems they are experiencing less stressful. \n
  • Read SLIDE!! \nBob Robins has helped the Austin’s before. He thinks Shannon and her family are amazing people, and is really sorry that this happened for their family. He has offered the students of Shannon’s School free Chick-fil-a whenever they go to the mall. Bob opened up one of the nights in which he will donate 10% of our profits from the night between the hours of 5-8 pm to go towards Shannon and her family, to make the money problems they are experiencing less stressful. \n
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  • READ SLIDE \nSo I split you guys up, into groups of about 3. Each group is to each decorate a placemat for a student in Shannon’s class. Ill give you the students name and supplies and you guys can draw and decorate them as you please. \n
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