The Newtons’ story is an important reminder that whatever challenges we face, renewal is greater than regret. Every member of the Newton family struggled in a different way, but they each embarked on a journey of recovery and renewal. In 2009, Braegan and Kade were injured in a fire. After 3 months in the hospital, the Newton family returned home and tried to pick up where they left off. But they lived hours away from their doctor, and the family struggled without support.
"I knew the training and the connections would push me to continue to heal and grow. I had no idea how moving the experience would be." Alicia Assad, mother of a burn survivor, describes her experience at Phoenix SOAR Peer Support Volunteer Training.
Burn camp can be the highlight of the year for many kids and teens after burn injury. It can be a life-changing opportunity to form friendships, find support, and have fun! So, how do you choose the best burn camp to fit your child? And how do you help prepare your child for camp? Find useful tips offered by for selecting a burn camp that best fits your child's needs...
Discovering The Journey Back has benefited me in my role as a trainer for an "after the crisis" program (TECIP) as well as a Director of Student Services for a small school district. While I would never wish a traumatic event on anyone, we have learned that crisis does not discriminate. When I hear about a student who has suffered from a fire, I feel like The Journey Back has provided me a gift to deliver to that student and his/her family.
Growing up is hard work and every child copes differently with the social, emotional, and academic rigors of attending school. After a burn injury or traumatic loss, day-to-day challenges are compounded by additional stressors. Helping a child regain a sense of normalcy to their lives after burn injury and reconnect with their peer community is critical. School reentry is an important part of that process. Parents, teachers, guidance counselors or caring adults can get the information from The Journey Back to offer support.
Helping children regain a sense of normalcy to their lives after burn injury and a reconnection with their peer community prompted the development of The Journey Back school re-entry program several years ago. When I was a child life specialist, I had been asked several times to present a school re-entry program on very short notice and without much preparation on how to implement such a program. School re-entry programs can be instrumental to a child’s transition in healing and after learning that many other colleagues were challenged with the same task -- and many schools and families were desperately searching for help -- it motivated me to figure out how we could make this process easier.
Ryan Douglas, past recipient of the Phoenix Education Grant (PEG) Scholarship has used the scholarship as a motivating and driving force throughout his undergrad school experience and during his early employment career. He continued to use that same motivation for his studies to earn an Executive MBA from Baylor University.
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