My name is Craig J. Phillips and I would like o share a little bit about myself with you. I am 58 years old. I sustained an open skull fracture and a traumatic brain injury when I was 10 years old. I remained in a coma for 3 weeks. Brain injury rehabilitation was non-existent in 1967, so was essentially on my own to blaze my own recovery and rehabilitation path. With hard work, determination, persistence, tenacity and the grace of God I taught myself how to walk, talk, read, write and speak in complete sentences. Since that time I have accomplished many things beyond all reasonable expectations, although I was not expected to live the night of the accident or succeed beyond high school academically. See my about page by click on this link: About Page. As a master’s degree rehabilitation counselor I possess the ability to teach the principles that have helped me to overcome many obstacles, to individuals living with brain injuries and professionals.
To move forward and create a life for themselves in their mind, body and spirit post injury
I have been using the principle of neuoplasticity, before I even knew that there was such a principle or concept. During the past 18 years I have been training in various martial arts disciplines using the concept of neuroplasticity to improve both my hand eye coordination, agility, awareness, precision, motor and fine motor skills, as well as accuracy and control — in large and small muscle groups. I have done so by mirroring movements on both my dominant and non-dominant sides of my body to empower my body’s ability to perform symmetrically. I am prepared to give a keynote presentation or lead a workshop on developing new neural pathways and brain reorganization through using the principle and concept of neuroplasticity. A friend captured my use of different martial art disciplines to develop new neuro pathways and brain reorganization in August of 2014. I turned 58 in May of 2015. It is never too late to start and make gains.
Click on the below photo to watch a 1 minute and 50 second demonstration of my use of various martial arts disciplines to enhance my recovery process as an individual living with a brain injury.
Click on the link to watch my use of repetitive body movements to increase the use of my dominant and non-dominant sides of my body
I created Second Chance to Live on February 6, 2007 to share principles and strategies that have helped and empowered me to overcome many obstacles, with out the use of rehabilitation programs or related services. I have written and published 1422 articles and created 282 video presentations to share the information from several of my articles with individuals who learn more effectively through watching and listening. I have written and published 5 different e Books. Below are links to each of my e Books
What I bring to the table is what I have heard described as “street cred” or practical living credibility. I am not just talking about studies and probabilities, but I am living proof of what I have used to encourage, motivate and empower my process as an individual, who sustained an open skull fracture and a severe brain injury and has been living with an invisible disability for 48 years. These lessons have equipped and given me the ability to have a relationship with myself. By having a relationship with myself, I have been given the gift of having self-acceptance and self-esteem. Through growing in self-acceptance and self-esteem, I have also grown in my capacity to both like and love myself. As I have grown to like and love myself, I have grown in my unique capacity to creatively express myself, in ways that work for me. As I have grown in my unique capacity to creatively express myself, I have been given the freedom to pursue my dreams and my destiny. Such freedom has equipped me to move forward and create a life for myself.
Such freedom has equipped my ability to encourage, motivate, empower and share hope with individuals who are living with brain injuries, their families and the professionals who have dedicated their lives to serving them. My “street credibility” has given me a voice that has earned the right to be heard by the brain injury industry.
But no one in the brain injury industry is asking for my advice.
This to me is mystifying.
Can anyone in the brain injury industry let me know why no one in the industry is not asking for my advice?
Craig J. Phillips MRC, BA
Second Chance to Live
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