Upcoming Arts, Crafts, Game Day, and Book Club Events

We want to thank the Mark Schmitt Family for making these Programs possible.
We would also like to thank the family of Myeshai Soto whose family organized the “Ride for a Reason: Ride for Myeshia” event. Donations from this event are funding various Programs and Services



You are invited to join us for a season of fun, friendship, and excitement during our
2022 Social and Skills Event Sessions (Part of Mark Schmitt’s Creativ/Edge)


Social skill is a broad term that includes understanding what is expected of you in different social interactions — how you conduct yourself and what you say in social settings. If you’ve experienced a brain injury, you may find that it has affected your ability to interact with other people. In some cases, you may not realize there is any change until a family member, friend, teacher, or caregiver notices changes in your behavior and shares that with you. Re-building Social Skills can be very challenging. Not being able to connect with other people because of your brain injury or response to trauma can be painful. Isolation is one of the most devastating impacts of ABI/TBI and PTSD for many people, so improving social skills is incredibly important. Social skills problems can also put a strain on personal relationships, can make it difficult to get or keep a job, and can lead to increased emotional symptoms like depression/anxiety which can lead to overall reduced quality of life. This hard work creates better opportunities for communication and deeper bonds with friends and family. 


So join us this year and start your journey on making new friendships and new beginnings! 
SPACE IS LIMITED AND REMEMBER REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

All Classes are held on the second floor at our Waukesha Office located at 511 North Grand Ave, Waukesha, 53186 (participants that are unable to walk stairs will have alternate arrangments made)

Weather permitting some classes will be held outside

Light snacks and beverages will be served unless otherwise noted

No Registration Fee but Donations are appreciated

Date/TimeType of EventEvent DescriptionEvent ImageMaximum Participants
Wed. May 25
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Game DayFact or Crap Game
A portion of the cerebrum enables speech, judgment, thinking and reasoning, problem-solving, emotions, and learning.  How will you do?
8 maximum
Wed. June 8
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Game DayJenga Game
This game will not only test your fine motor skills, but by playing it often, you can even train them!
8 maximum
Wed. June 15
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Arts and CraftsPainting and Pizza
Larry is quite an accomplished artist in addition to creating acrylic paintings he has done wall murals, photography, sketching and he also does woodworking

Larry Strait sustained a severe traumatic brain injury from a bicycle accident that he was involved in, in Boston Massachusetts.
As part of his recovery, doctors instructed him to activate his right “dormant” brain, by performing art and craft activities.
6 maximum
Wed. June 22
Wed. Jul 20
Wed. Aug 31
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
BOOK CLUB
3 session commitment
BOOK CLUB – MEDITATIONS ON BRAIN INJURY
In 1989, Mike Strand suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury that changed him, his life, and the lives of his family members forever. His journey of recovery has been long, filled with confusion, frustration, and hope.

This series of essays, written for people with TBI’s as well as their families and friends gives insight into the growth, learning, and self-discovery of the journey.
8 maximum
each participant will be given a copy at the first meeting
Wed. July 6
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Game DayPictionary Game
Calls on the ability to recall important vocabulary words and make connections between terms and concepts.
8 maximum
Wed. July 13
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Arts and CraftMosaic Tile Pot
Imagination stems from a widespread network of brain areas that collectively manipulate ideas, images, and symbols. Call upon your inner network to create a beautiful one-of-a-kind project
6 maximum
Wed. July 20
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
BOOK CLUB continued
Wed. August 3
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Game DayApples to Apples
The goal of the game is to match a red card’s noun to the adjective on the green card.
8 maximum
Wed. August 17
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Arts and CraftsMason Jar Lanterns
These indoor or outdoor creations can serve as a conversation starter.  No better way to work on your social skills than a conversation while relaxing with friends!
6 maximum
Wed. August 31
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
BOOK CLUB Final Session
Wed. September 7
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Game DayI Spy Game
Use your powers of deduction and memory skills!
8 maximum
Wed. September 21
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Arts and CraftsOrigami Treasure Box
Hand-eye coordination will be exercised during this project
6 maximum
Wed. October 5
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Game DayBingo
When you play bingo, you’re exercising your brain to boost your cognitive function and improve your memory, both of which have a lasting positive impact
8 maximum
Wed. October 19
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Arts and CraftsTwig and Cone Pot
The right side of the brain gives you the ability to be Creative, Imaginative, Intuitive, Conceptual, Empathetic, and Figurative. Exercise that side of the brain to bring out the best in each function
6 maximum
Wed. November 9
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Game DayPictionary Game – again by popular demand!
Calls on the ability to recall important vocabulary words and make connections between terms and concepts.
8 maximum
Wed. November 16
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Arts and CraftsTree Ornament
The last session would not be complete without a gift for the upcoming Christmas Season.  Keep or give away, but it is a handmade craft that will be talked about for years to come.
8 maximum