Facts About Brain Injury

We had the opportunity to sit down with DrRolf B. Gainer, Ph.D., the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital and the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario (Canada). Dr. Gainer is a psychologist who is involved in the design and operation of community-based rehabilitation programs for people with a brain injury. Dr. Gainer shares his knowledge about severe brain injury in this interview.

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Residential Rehab Breakfast Seminars

Due to the Coronavirus, the NRIO Breakfast Seminars will be on hold. Stay tuned!

Through the sharing of knowledge and information, individuals with brain injury will obtain the best possible care and our referral partners will receive the best possible service.

Each spring and fall, we offer a series of Breakfast seminars to anyone involved in the field of Rehabilitation and Acquired Brain Injury.

Where? – Etobicoke Clinic, 59 Beaver Bend Crescent Etobicoke, ON M9B 5R2
416-231-4358 ext. 37128

When? – Start Time: 9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Residential Rehab Day Program

NOTE: Due to the Coronavirus, the BTR NRIO Breakfast Seminars will not occur this spring, although I do hope to put on some educational sessions in 2020. Stay tuned! Thank you for your understanding.
Colleen Boyce, Director. 416 231 4358 ext. 37122

Please join us for a range of events and activities throughout the month


Contact: Kindree Alkins at (416) 231-4358 ext.37129 or

You can also view videos and download articles

Video Presentations

Personal Injury Alliance Supports The Brain Injury Society of Toronto
5K Run, Walk & Roll – September 21, 2013

What is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy? — presented by Ann McKee, MD

ACT 2014 — On June 14th, 2014, at Toronto’s St. Michaels Hospital, Daniel Bax launched Awaken Canada Together (ACT). This conference brought traditional and non-traditional treatments for brain injuries into dialogue. Click here for more information on ACT.

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Recent Articles

Q & A with Daniel Bax, Inspirational Speaker, Author, Recovery Coach, and ABI Survivor

Daniel Bax is a motivational speaker and recovery coach who was injured in a motor vehicle accident in 2005. Daniel has an amazing story and loves to share his experiences with others. Motivated by his own struggles and successes, Daniel now gives talks to medical professionals, rehabilitation providers, traumatic injury survivors and more.

Special Video Message from Daniel Bax

Unlocking the Myths: Keys to Success – Effective Behavioural Strategies for Children and Youth with Acquired Brain Injury – Presented by: Catherine Dodds and Rebecca Swift-Weir

One of the most distressing consequences of acquired brain injury is personality change and challenging behaviour. Family members of children and youth with ABI often report that they can cope with changes in their child’s physical and cognitive needs, but it is the behavioral issues, which impact on the child’s ability to learn and to complete daily routines, that they find the most difficult to understand.
Behaviours that emerge after a brain injury are unique to each child and are usually linked to cognitive issues. What is often labeled as “acting out” or “inappropriate behaviour” may actually be a result of loss of cognitive skills which have been affected by the injury, such as confusion about what is expected, difficulty understanding abstract language, lack of insight into limitations and memory impairment, to name a few. Children with ABI cannot benefit from consequence-based models of behavioral intervention when the injury impacts their ability to remember rules from day to day, nor when they are unable to anticipate the consequence of their behaviour.

This interactive workshop, designed for parents as well as professionals, will introduce participants to an approach to managing challenging behaviours in children with acquired brain injury that focuses on interventions which anticipate behaviour rather than react to behaviour.

Participants will explore their own ideas of challenging behaviours and will build a strategy keychain to effectively work with children with acquired brain injury who exhibit those behaviours.

Click here to download the ABI Order Form.

My wife, RL suffered a stroke 5 years ago while travelling in Europe. Initially the German doctors told me, “Your wife does not have a 5% chance to live another two days.” For more than 4 years this statement seemed to follow her and seemed to limit the level of care she was given. For 4 years I struggled to give her a higher level of medical care that she deserved. This all changed when our family physician, Dr. David Cheah, recommended that my wife should go to NRIO for an assessment. In December 2016 my wife started treatment at NRIO for Activity, Sensory, Rehabilitation and Stimulation Programme. With NRIO’s relationships my wife is also part of McMaster’s minimally conscious research programme through Dr. Connelly and we have benefited by finding a Physiatrist to manage her rehab. My family, friends and I have seen such phenomenal progress in RL. She has progressed more in 8 months at NRIO, than in the previous 4 years. I am grateful to Colleen Boyce, Frank Tenuta and the entire team at NRIO for their incredible care of my wife. I highly recommend NRIO to anyone considering neurological rehabilitation for their loved one.



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