July 2014
Vol. 2, Issue 2
In Mind
Message from the Director
Dear Friend,

We hope you enjoy this edition of our e-newsletter, which contains valuable information about brain injury and will bring you up to date about both past and upcoming events at BINA.

The second session of our ongoing support series for wives of stroke and brain injury survivors will take place this Sunday, July 27th at 8:00 p.m. If you are aware of someone who would benefit, please share the information contained in the newsletter.

As always, safety and brain injury prevention are our first priority. Summer is a beautiful and relaxing time for both adults and children, filled with many enjoyable activities such as bicycle riding, swimming and with long periods spent in the car. Please make sure to follow all safety rules to avoid unnecessary injury or even death. Helmet use is critical for bicycle riders of all ages; please share our safety tips with any children who ride bikes. 

You are always welcome to call our office at 718-645-6400 or visit our website with any questions or for more information. Watch for the debut of our new website in the coming weeks at www.binausa.org.

Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable summer.

Warmest regards,
Chavie Glustein
In This Issue
Stroke and Brain Injury Expo
Recent Fundraising Activity
Article: Hidden Changes After Brain Injury
Brooklyn Reception Benefits BINA Families
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Pine Valley Center
for Rehabilitation and Nursing

 Northeast Center for Rehabilitation and Brain Injury

Stroke and Brain Injury Expo Attended by Hundreds of Community Members
Harry Rothenberg, Esq. (l) and Dr. Brian Greenwald (r) of the JFK Rehabilitation Institute
An overflow crowd of hundreds participated in the second annual BINA Stroke and Brain Injury Expo, the only event of its kind in Brooklyn, on Wednesday evening, June 11th at the Canal Jean Building in Flatbush.

The informative event was an invaluable opportunity for both brain injury survivors and caregivers to learn about a wide range of services and rehabilitation options.

Exhibits represented over forty vendors from across the pediatric and adult rehabilitation and disability service spectrum. Booths included acute and sub-acute facilities with certified stroke, brain injury, and vent units, attorneys specializing in elder law and brain injury litigation, Medicaid enrollment specialists, home care and developmental disabilities agencies, home accessibility and modification specialists, and expert physical and occupational therapists.


A highlight of the evening was the captivating and engaging presentation by distinguished attorney Harry Rothenberg, Esq. on the topic, "The Challenge of Brain Injury: A Journey for the Entire Family." Mr. Rothenberg discussed the importance of "de-stigmatizing" brain injury and offered valuable tips to families who coping with this often difficult journey.


Of particular interest were representatives of an adaptive driving school and mobility company whose vehicles were on display outside the hall, a prestigious music therapy program, an aphasia organization, an outdoors program for the disabled, and a pediatric brain injury school and foundation.


Audience members streamed into the hall and moved from exhibit to exhibit, gathering an abundance of valuable and information and material. Several facilities were represented by their medical directors, thereby offering participants the opportunity to network directly with top professionals in the field.


This year's expo featured an exciting new Research and Clinical Trial Section, allowing attendees a unique chance to meet and speak with researchers and investigators from leading research facilities including Blythedale, Burke, Colombia, Cornell, Kessler, Mt. Sinai and Rusk. The research section proved to be a very popular feature of the expo as family members visited each booth and eagerly learned about the latest cutting edge research and clinical trials currently being offered at these top facilities.

Report on Successful Fundraising Events on Behalf of BINA
Three receptions were recently held to benefit BINA's work to assist brain injury and stroke survivors:
Rabbi Yaakov Bender addressing the crowd at the Lawrence reception

Hillel and Shani Moerman

of Lawrence, New York hosted a fundraising reception for BINA on  Sunday, May 4, 2014. The Moermans hosted a group of several dozen of their friends and neighbors from the Five Towns area for a lavish breakfast in a beautiful tent set up outside their home.


The event was graced by the presence of Rabbi Yaakov Bender, Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshiva Darchei Torah who addressed the assemblage and spoke passionately in support of BINA's work as the only Jewish organization assisting brain injury survivors and their families.


Friends of BINA enjoy National Wholesale Liquidators benefit 

National Wholesale Liquidators
held a highly successful benefit at their corporate headquarters in West Hempstead, New York to help raise funds and increase awareness about the unique and critical work of BINA Stroke and Brain Injury Assistance. 

On May 29, 2014, friends, family, employees and business associates came together at an evening reception hosted by company founders Carl and Eva Rosen that raised nearly $80,000.

"On behalf of the entire Rosen family, we want to thank everyone who participated in this event and we especially extend our heartfelt thanks for all the wonderful services that BINA provides," said Vita Zorbo, Public Relations Manager.

The Bobov community of the Boro Park section of Brooklyn, New York, turned out in force to attend an evening reception on Monday, May 26th hosted by a local family who benefited from BINA's experience and expertise when a close relative suffered a brain injury and needed the best possible rehabilitation plan. The event was held at the Khal Chassidim hall which was packed with hundreds of individuals who wished to demonstrate their support for the organization's unique work on behalf of stroke and brain injury survivors in the community.

BINA thanks our dear friends and supporters for hosting and attending these events. For information on hosting a similar event, please call 718-645-6400. 

BINA's Director of Crisis Intervention Authors Article on Brain Injury   

The following article appeared in Yated Ne'eman and is reprinted with permission.  


Dealing With Hidden Changes Following a Brain Injury

By Elchanan Schwarz, LMHC 


A 45 year old father of 8 suffers a stroke. A 13 year old boy loses oxygen to the brain following a near-drowning incident. A 28 year old mother of three needs emergency surgery for an aneurysm. A 72 year old grandmother falls on an icy sidewalk and hits her head, causing bleeding to the brain.


We all say tehillim and call the family to keep track of the recovery throughout the hospital and rehab stay. We rejoice when the patient is finally discharged to continue the recovery process at home. However, we may not be aware that besides the noticeable physical impairments, brain injury survivors and their families are often dealing with other issues which are not as obvious.

Although we all have a basic understanding of the brain's role, most of us have had no reason to fully contemplate its complexity. We may realize that any injury to the brain, which controls every bodily function, can affect physical abilities, speech and even cognitive skills such as memory and concentration. But most of us would be surprised to learn that emotions and behavior can also be adversely impacted by a brain injury, even in the absence of physical deficits.


Family and friends see the individual at home once again, walking and talking, and apparently back to "business as usual." But what's really going on behind the scenes? Is a father able to resume his role as breadwinner and emotionally supportive husband? Can a young boy keep up with the rough and tumble play and sometimes cutting banter of his friends? Will a family of children have the organized, patient and loving mother that they knew before? Uncertainty, confusion, distractibility, frustration and even anger are the unforeseen, yet all too common, obstacles to picking up the pieces of life as it was before a brain injury.


Often, only the survivor and immediate family are aware of the "hidden" consequences of a serious brain injury. (In fact, even survivors are sometimes unable to recognize their own deficits, a condition known as anosognosia.) Although not uncommon, it is important to note that not all stroke and TBI survivors are affected by these issues, which can include irritability, impulsivity, disinhibition, and "mood swings", as well as depression, anxiety and lack of motivation.


The first step towards dealing with these challenges is to understand that they are the result of neurological changes to the brain as a result of the injury. Understanding the source of these changes and knowing that they are common can alleviate some of the fear and panic that understandably arise, and prevent the unnecessary pain and suffering that result from blaming the patient or viewing the behaviors as deliberate.


Just as physical, occupational and speech therapists help regain motor skills, activities of daily living and speech and language, so too can a brain injury survivor make great strides in the cognitive, behavioral and emotional realm with proper guidance from a neuropsychologist and a team of specially trained therapists.


At BINA's recent spousal support group, "Like-Minded," Dr. David Biderman, noted neuropsychologist at the world renowned Rusk Institute of Rehab Medicine, continued his lecture series on strategies for spouses to both prevent and cope with these unusual challenges with the goal of empowering families with positive actions.


The three-part series, entitled "Coping with Change Following a Brain Injury" has been very well received by the participants and is an important step on the road of brain injury recovery. The second session in the series, "Coaching Techniques for Common Scenarios", will take place on Sunday, 29 Tammuz/July 27; please contact BINA at 718-645-6400 ext. 25 or info@binausa.org for more information.


Elchanan Schwarz LMHC is the Director of Crisis Intervention and Caregiver Support at BINA Stroke and Brain Injury Assistance.  


A Continuing Educational and Support Opportunity for

Wives of Stroke and Brain Injury Survivors


Announcing a Three-Part Series


Coping with Change Following a Brain Injury

  • Creating Structure in the Home Environment: Took Place
  • Coaching Techniques for Common Scenarios: 
         * This Sunday, July 27 - Register Now! * 
  • Sensitive Topics and Challenging Behaviors: Date TBA
8:00 p.m.



David Biderman, PhD

Supervisor of Psychology

Brain Injury Day Treatment Program

NYU Langone Medical Center/Rusk


Pre-registration required. Midwood location.

Suggested donation: $18.00. Light refreshments.



To register for Session II or for more information

contact Elchanan Schwarz, LMHC

 at 718-645-6400 ext. 25 or binanetwork14@gmail.com

Brooklyn Reception Benefits Brain Injury Survivors and their Families  

An overflow crowd attended the second annual Brooklyn reception on Sunday, March 30 to support BINA's unique work providing guidance and assistance to stroke and brain injury survivors and their families.

The program opened with an address by Rabbi Aharon Glustein, co-founder of BINA, who suffered a stroke as a young man in his 20s. He compared the concepts of healing and education by analyzing Chapter 30 of Psalms and then connected this idea to brain injury survivors who often have to relearn many aspects of daily living. Yet despite the difficulty, one should rejoice from the realization that a new lease on life is possible.


Rabbi Shlomo Feivel Schustal, member of BINA's Rabbinical Board, then spoke emotionally of the many individuals who have personally told him of their tremendous gratitude to BINA for the assistance lent to them in their time of need. He specifically recognized the great efforts of Rabbi and Mrs. Glustein in stepping forward to fill a critical void, which has produced such an important and needed organization.   


A powerful presentation was given by Naftali Horowitz, speaking of his recently assumed role as chairman of BINA's Board of Directors. Recounting the terror and upheaval that have been described to him by family members of brain injury survivors, he repeated their words of how the injury struck in a millisecond, with no time for planning or to come up with a strategy. But they were not alone; BINA was at their side. He implored the crowd to share in BINA's burden as the only organization of its kind and ended by emphatically stating, "(We) need BINA; not only to survive, but to thrive."


The father of a brain injury survivor then shared his family's gripping journey beginning with the in-utero stroke of his son, and culminating in a traumatic brain injury suffered when the teenager was hit by a car a few years ago. After movingly describing his son's struggles and triumphs in overcoming his many challenges, he proudly announced his return that morning from a yeshiva in Israel. Thanking BINA for "always being there to guide you and show you that you're not alone," he ended by introducing his son who briefly addressed the crowd and played a recording of a song about his life which he both composed and sang.


The event was graced by the presence of recently elected Brooklyn Councilmember Chaim Deutsch. The program ended with an inspirational video presentation featuring the medical directors of world renowned rehabilitation facilities as well as brain injury survivors and their family members speaking about how BINA has impacted their lives. 

Keep Your Family Safe This Summer 


Bicycle Safety Information for Children


Why Is Bicycle Safety So Important?

Bike riding is a lot of fun, but accidents happen. The safest way to use your bike is for transportation, not play. Every year, about 300,000 kids go to the emergency department because of bike injuries, and at least 10,000 kids have injuries that require a few days in the hospital. Some of these injuries are so serious that children die, usually from head injuries.


A head injury can mean brain injury. That's why it's so important to wear your bike helmet. Wearing one doesn't mean you can be reckless, but a helmet will provide some protection for your face, head, and brain in case you fall down.


A Helmet How-To

Bike helmets are so important that the U.S. government has created safety standards for them. Your helmet should have a sticker that says it meets standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). If your helmet doesn't have a CPSC sticker, ask your mom or dad to get you one that does. Wear a bike helmet EVERY TIME YOU RIDE, even if you are going for a short ride.


Your bike helmet should fit you properly. You don't want it too small or too big. Never wear a hat under your bike helmet. If you're unsure if your helmet fits you well, ask someone at a bike store.


Once you have the right helmet, you need to wear it the right way so it will protect you. It should be worn level and cover your forehead. Don't tip it back so your forehead is showing. The straps should always be fastened. If the straps are flying, it's likely to fall off your head when you need it most. Make sure the straps are adjusted so they're snug enough that you can't pull or twist the helmet around on your head. 


´┐Ż 1995- 2014 . The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth´┐Ż. Reprinted with permission.  



The Adult Aphasia Speech-Language Day Program
Run by Testing and Training International (TTI)
and The University of Cincinnati

We service clients with adult neurogenic disorders, including:
  • Stroke with resulting aphasia
  • Motor speech disorders including dysarthria andapraxia
  • Other acquired neurological injuries resulting in language deficits
Sessions are run by second year graduate students and supervised by an experienced SLP. We provide:
  • A half day program focusing on functional communication skills with other members of the community
  • Recreational groups focusing on communication in leisure activities
  • Small group sessions focusing on communication skills
  • Individual sessions focusing on functional communications skills
  • Separate therapy groups for men and women
  • Services for adults ages 21 & up
  • Services are delivered at a reduced fee

For more information,
please contact Stacey Emmer at:  
877- RING-TTI ext. 12/877-746-4884


In Collaboration with BINA Stroke and Brain Injury Assistance