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Thank you to our 32nd Annual Conference Partners:

Minnesota Low Incidence Projects
Minnesota Department of Health
Minnesota Stroke Association


Thank you to our Diamond Sponsors:
John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute & Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

Hennepin County Medical Center

Regions Hospital Rehabilitation Institute
University of Minnesota Health

Thank you to our Gold Sponsors:
Cummings Mobility Conversion & Supply
Fairview Southdale Hospital Stroke Center
Gillette Children's Hospital
Bethesda/HealthEast


Thank you to our Silver Sponsors:
Disability Specialist, Inc.
Gleseners Assisted Living Service
Medica
Mom's Meals NourishCare
Noran Neurological Clinic
Provide Care Inc.
Red Wing Healthcare Community
REM Minnesota
St Lukes Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit


Thank you to our Bronze Sponsors:
Ability Building Center
Accessible Space, Inc.
Accurate Home Care, LLC
ACR Homes
Amramp
Beyond Barriers Minneapolis, LLC
Epilepsy Advocacy & Employment Group Inc
Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
Essentia Health Care/Miller Dwan Rehabilitation
Handi Medical Center
IMED Mobility
Mary T Inc
Restart Inc.
Rise
TBI Residential and Community Services
True Friends
Ucare
Vinland National Center

Sponsorships are available for our upcoming 32nd Annual Conference. Call Jarett at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442, or click here to e-mail.


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2017 Annual Conference - Presentations

Presentations and DownloadsKeynotesThursday ScheduleFriday Schedule
Directions and Accommodations
Continuing Education Unit InformationCancellation Policy
Online registration is now closed.
You may register in person at the Earle Brown Center on Thursday or Friday
or call us at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442 before Wednesday, April 19 at 12 p.m.

Presentation Links

This page contains presentation handouts and/or slide shows that will be presented in each session and have been submitted to the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance by the presenter(s). Each link will open the document in a new window. While a majority of the links are PowerPoints, some may be Word, Acrobat or other file formats. File format and size are posted following the links.

Please check back with us as the Conference draws near for files for you download.


Thursday Conference Schedule

8 - 9 a.m. - Registration and Exhibits Open

Exhibits are open daily 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

8:45 - 9 a.m. - Opening Remarks

9 - 10:30 a.m. - Keynote Address

Don't "Don't"®Harvey E. Jacobs
Harvey E. Jacobs, PhD, CLCP

The changes in neurological, physical and cognitive capacity that occur following an injury clearly affect behavior; however, social, cultural, historical and environmental factors often have equal or greater influence. Often, the manner in which a person is regarded and treated, regardless of brain injury, can cause more problem behaviors than other more obvious factors. The settings in which people live and interact; the roles and functions of all people in a person's life (support circles); available supports; and the individual's participation in any services they use are all critical for success. Focusing on the "do" rather than the "don't" is critical for all parties. This keynote will identify key factors and promote a philosophy of positive supports to help all individuals succeed.

Harvey E. Jacobs, PhD, CLCP is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Life Care Planner. He graduated from Florida State University, was a post-doctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a Mary Switzer Research Fellow at the National Institute of Handicapped Research. Dr. Jacobs has served multiple medical school faculties, hospitals, programs and facilities and has been principal investigator on multiple federal, state and private grants. He has lectured and published widely on rehabilitation for neurological, psychiatric, medical and intellectual impairments; life care planning; applied behavior analysis; and complex treatment issues across the life span. He serves on the national boards of the North American Brain Injury Society, the United States Brain Injury Alliance, the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation editorial board, and is one of 50 professionals helping The Brain Injury Association of America draft national guidelines for treatment of adults with traumatic brain injury.

Don't "Don't!"®is a registered trademark of Harvey Earl Jacobs, 2011. All rights reserved.

File: Book Forward - 504 k

File: Chapter 2 - What is Behavior - 266 k

File: Chapter 11 - Environment and Context - 249 k

File: Chapter 13 - Person First - 253 k

File: Rehabilitation and Context are Interrelated - Ref - 217 k

10:30 - 11 a.m. - Break and Exhibits Open

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Breakout Sessions I

  1. Rehabilitating Concepts of Impairment – A 4,000 Year Perspective
    Harvey E. Jacobs, PhD, CLCP
    People have experienced impairments throughout recorded time and have been subjected to dynamic cycles of disdain and regard, sometimes at the same time. Cultural, financial, religious, scientific, moral, medical, technological and political perspectives have all influenced this process. This journey has not been linear or always coherent, but it provides important perspectives for current day practices and beliefs. This presentation will review salient periods in recorded history regarding this journey and considerations for future directions.

  2. Acute Stroke Management: Beyond Clot Busters
    Donna Lindsay, MN, RN, CNS-BC, SCRN, Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist/Stroke Program Coordinator, Hennepin County Medical Center
    This presentation will review findings from recent research studies and the resulting changes to national guidelines for early management of stroke. Endovascular recanalization procedures to re-establish blood flow to the brain have now been shown to improve stroke outcomes more than any other treatment currently available. The techniques used to achieve recanalization and case studies including before and after imaging will be presented.

    File: pdf - 2.7 MB


  3. What Success Looks Like
    Jennifer Sommerness, EdS, Educational Consultant - Independent; Gage Robinson, Student
    In this presentation you will meet Gage, a 13 year old young man with a brain injury. Gage's story will enlighten you as to how to successfully navigate school systems, creating inclusive school experiences through the use of strength-based thinking and planning. Gage is amazing. Let us tell you why!

    File: pdf - 3.2 MB


  4. Neurotechnology and Clinical Innovation in Rehabilitation Post-Severe Brain Injury: Clinical Applications and Case Study
    Daniel Stam, PT, DPT, ATC, CBIS, Physical Therapist, Mayo Clinic
    Utilization of rapid expansion of our current scientific knowledge base combined with greater access to neurological and assistive technology as adjuncts to providing sensorimotor experience may yield innovative new approaches to rehabilitation based upon a dynamic model of brain response following injury. This session will explore these ideas in case study format.

    File: pdf - 2.9 MB


  5. Social Security Basics
    Joani Werner, Area Work Incentive Coordinator, SSA
    This session will cover the basics of Social Security Disability: What is SSI and SSDI? How do I file? What are the employment support programs Social Security has? What is Ticket to Work?
    File: PowerPoint - 2.4 Mb
    File: pdf -1.5 MB

  6. Functional Neurological Management of Vestibular Post Concussive Symptoms
    Dr. Jeremy Schmoe, DC, DACNB, FACFN, FABBIR, MN Functional Chiropractic and Neurology
    This session will present an overview of the underlying pathophysiology of Vestibular Post Concussive Symptoms with emphasis on central vestibular and impairment of visual-vestibular proprioceptive interactions. Methodologies to evaluate and address this will also be presented, along with case study results.


    File: pdf - 4.8 MB

12 - 1 p.m. - Lunch

1 - 2 p.m. - Breakout Session II

  1. Suicide and Traumatic Brain Injury: What to Know
    Robert L. Karol, PhD, ABPP-RP, CBIST, President, Karol Neuropsychological Services & Consulting
    Risk of suicide and suicide attempts increase after brain injury so it is important for staff to be prepared. This talk will cover the warning signs for suicide, highlight the importance of staff responses, and explain the steps staff should take.

    File: pdf - 989 k

  2. Improving Concussion Awareness and Care in Your Community
    Dr. Wyatt LaVigne, PT, DPT, ATC, Director, Therapy and Wellness, Rainy Lake Medical Center
    Many communities struggle to provide high-quality care for athletes with concussions. In this session, Dr. LaVigne will share his experience developing a Concussion Management Program, and the obstacles he had to overcome along the way, in order to give fellow health care providers ideas to improve concussion management care in their communities.

    File: PowerPoint - 6.7 Mb
    File: pdf - 1.9 MB

  3. Emerging Consciousness: A Hopeful Recovery Model Objective of Understanding What Emerging Consciousness Means
    April Cerqua, LSW; Michelle Peterson, DPT, NCS; Mary Himmler, MD, Minneapolis VA Medical Center
    This presentation will provide definitions of disorders of consciousness and the modalities that can be utilized to determine a consistent response to stimuli. Through a case example the presentation will discuss medical considerations and interdisciplinary goals that are important in working with patients in a minimally conscious state. Assistive technology options will be discussed which improve patient's ability to interact with their environment more effectively. Integrative therapy techniques that show positive benefits in this patient population will also be discussed.

    File: PowerPoint - 766 k
    File: pdf - 456 k

  4. Growing Up With a Parent With a TBI
    Kate Hockin, Law Student, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
    Growing up with a parent with a traumatic brain injury can be tough. It is important to have good communication, take advantage of outside resources and family, and find a way to maintain the parent/child relationship. This session will explore many different tools families can use to reach these goals, including technology, setting up healthy boundaries, and remembering to have fun!

    File: pdf - 4.5 MB

  5. A New Law Impacting the Employment of People with Disabilities: WIOA
    Alyssa Klein, MS, CRC, Transition Specialist, Vocational Rehabilitation Services
    The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is a new law that is intended to give more opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities to gain competitive jobs in the community. Learn how this law is being implemented in Minnesota.

    File: pdf - 456 k

  6. Public Policy Updates
    Jeff Nachbar, Public Policy Director, Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
    This session will provide an update of the 2017 legislative session as it pertains to the priorities of the Alliance’s advocacy efforts.


2 - 2:30 p.m. - Break and Exhibits Open

2:30 - 3:45 p.m. - Plenary Session

'Unmasking' Documentary and Panel Discussion
Sindibad O Dell, April Ildvad, Sue Newman, Brad Donaldson and Jed Schlegelmilch
Unmasking is a community-based project that promotes awareness about brain injury through mask displays made by people affected by brain injury. Combining therapy, art and advocacy, each mask presents an entirely unique perspective on life with brain injury and gives survivors, care givers and professionals a voice and the means to educate others of what it is like to live with brain injury. The documentary that accompanies this project shares the journey in traveling throughout the state of Minnesota and creating these masks. The documentary was recently selected as a Merit Award Winner at the 2016 Los Angeles Awareness Film Festival and was selected to be shown at the 2016 APHA Global Public Health Film Festival. Unmasking was also selected to be screened at the 2017 Mespies Film Festival at the Heights Theatre in Minneapolis at the end of March.

Friday Conference Schedule

8 - 9 a.m. - Registration and Exhibits Open

Exhibits are open daily 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

8:45 - 9 a.m. - Opening Remarks

9 - 10:30 a.m. - Keynote Address

Multimodal Assessment for Prospective Classification of Brain InjuryUzma Samadani
Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD, Hennepin County Medical Center

This keynote will discuss the complex nature of brain injury due to its mixed pathophysiology and the potential for trauma to other structures to mimic symptoms. It will further discuss how using multiple modalities for assessment of injury will enable better classification of injury leading to better treatment. The modalities discussed include eye tracking to assess physiologic brain function, serum markers to clarify which cell types may be injured and radiographic imaging.

>Uzma Samadani, MD PhD is a neurosurgeon and brain injury researcher at Hennepin County Medical Center. She serves as the Rockswold Kaplan Endowed Chair for Traumatic Brain Injury at Hennepin County Medical Center and as an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota. She is also an attending neurosurgeon at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center. She is on the Executive Committee of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Joint Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care and serves as Scientific Program Chair for their meeting in conjunction with the National Neurotrauma Society. She also serves on the board of ThinkFirst Foundation. She is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Her research on brain injury has been discussed in the New York Times, Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, and Minneapolis Star Tribune as well as numerous other media sources. She has been a speaker at TedMed, the North American Brain Injury Society, National Neurotrauma Society, American Association of Neurological Surgeons meeting and multiple other conferences. She has published more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific papers and an additional 40 reviews and chapters including the Journal of Neurotrauma, Journal of Neurosurgery and the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Samadani also serves as an unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant to the National Football League.


File: pdf - 4.7 MB

10:30 - 11 a.m. - Break and Exhibits Open

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Breakout Session I

  1. Youth Sports and the Risk for Brain Injury: Balancing Risk and Benefit
    Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD, HCMC
    Recent media attention has raised awareness of the risk of brain injury associated with sports. This increased recognition of brain injury and its consequences is an important first step in treating the injury and reducing its consequences. Understanding the risks and benefits of sports participation is important for optimizing the brain health and general well-being of our entire society. This talk will review the scientific evidence associated with sports injury and the implications of that evidence for youth sports in particular.

    File: pdf - 9.4 MB

  2. How to Write Behavior Plans that Work: Part I
    Robert L. Karol, PhD, ABPP-RP, CBIST, President, Karol Neuropsychological Services & Consulting
    Behavior planning is challenging. This talk will proceed through a step by step model for writing effective plans that work. It will cover defining the behavior, gathering necessary information, determining the etiology of the behavior, and writing treatment plans. It will conclude with guidance on addressing hurdles to behavior planning.

    File: pdf - 2.1 MB

  3. mTBI/Concussion and the Visual System: Assessment and Rehabilitation
    David Biberdorf, OD, FCOVD, Valley Vision Clinic/ UND
    It has been estimated that over 50 percent of the brain is involved in visual processing. Several of the most common symptoms following a head injury are visual in nature. A growing number of subjective and objective vision tests are being investigated as "visual biomarkers" for mTBI and are being used for return-to-play and return-to-learn decision making. This presentation will review a model of the visual system, explore the vision tests being used and explore vision therapies that are being used to help patients who have suffered a concussion.

    File: pdf - 4.9 MB

  4. Nimble Responses to Everyday Barriers: A Flexible TBI Team Makes it Look Easy!
    Theresa Wallace, Region 11 TBI Specialist - ISD 916
    Nimble organizations leverage technology, foster innovation and build creative alliances (Daryl Conner, 2016). Apply these powerful attributes to interventions for students with TBI through committed administrative support, flexible teaming and collaboration with parents. Inspiring success stories of young people who overcame barriers and minimized limitations when “nimble” teams used this approach will show you how. This session is appropriate for participants from both education and service agencies that support individuals with brain injuries.

    File: PowerPoint - 6.7 Mb
    File: pdf - 1.3 Mb

  5. Staying Hopeful Amidst the Challenges - A Survivor's Story
    Brenda Johnson, TBI Survivor
    After suffering a traumatic brain injury due to a car accident, this survivor shares the repercussions of her injury, the daily challenges she and her family face, and the hopefulness she continues to have for herself and other TBI survivors.

  6. Post-Concussion: More than Return to Play
    Leslie Seymour, Epidemiologist; Anna Gaichas, Statistician; Jon Roesler, iVPS Surveillance Epidemiology and Analysis Unit Supervisor; Mark Kinde, Injury and Violence Prevention Section Director, Minnesota Department of Health
    Sports-related concussion and return-to-play has been a hot topic in recent years. However, concussions, regardless of their cause, can also impact learning. This session will discuss strategies for returning to the classroom post-concussion. Health care utilization in kids post-concussion will also be explored using the All Payers Claims Data.

    File: PowerPoint - 196 k
    File: pdf - 492 k

12 - 1 p.m. - Lunch

1 - 2 p.m. - Breakout Session II

  1. How to Write Behavior Plans that Work: Part II
    Robert L. Karol, PhD, ABPP-RP, CBIST, President, Karol Neuropsychological Services & Consulting
    Behavior planning is challenging. This talk will proceed through a step by step model for writing effective plans that work. It will cover defining the behavior, gathering necessary information, determining the etiology of the behavior, and writing treatment plans. It will conclude with guidance on addressing hurdles to behavior planning.

    File: pdf - 2.1 MB

  2. Youth Concussions in Sports
    Jessica Brown, Assistant Professor; Francis X. Shen, Associate Professor, Toben F. Nelson, Associate Professor, Maira Novak, Director of Athletic Medicine for Intercollegiate Athletics, UMN
    In this session, local experts in rehabilitation, epidemiology, neuroimaging, law, and public health will provide an overview of current youth concussion laws in the state of Minnesota. In addition, it will cover best practices in measurement, prevention and response to youth sports concussions by coaches, athletic trainers, rehabilitation professionals, teachers, and schools.

    File: pdf - 2.9 MB


  3. Improving the Quality of Life After Brain Injury with a Trust or ABLE Act Account
    Larry Piumbroeck, Outreach Representative, Lutheran Social Service
    Special and Supplemental Needs Trusts as well as the new ABLE Accounts are financial tools that can be used by persons with disabilities to manage their resources while maintaining their eligibility for public assistance benefits. As the rules governing trusts change from year to year and the ABLE Account is a new financial tool likely to be implemented in Minnesota in 2017, this break-out session will be appropriate for a mixed audience who may have some familiarity with trusts and will also be of interest to more experienced professionals and family members.

    File: pdf - 2.9 MB


  4. Are Smart Watches appropriate for Users with TBI?
    Brian T Fay, PhD, Director, Assistive Technology Program; Don MacLennan, CCC, Department Head, Speech Pathology, Minneapolis VA Medical Center
    Smart Watches are devices that may assist users with TBI in managing schedules, medications, and directions. Garmin, Pebble, Android Wear and the Apple Watch crowd the marketplace. This session will review common brands, features and cost to assist users with TBI in choosing a watch fit for them.

  5. Move it or lose it: The Benefits of Movement and Exercise in Traumatic Brain Injuries
    Carrie Deniel, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist, Hennepin County Medical Center
    Physical therapists help to evaluate and treat people who have had a traumatic brain injury. They help patients to start moving and exercising soon after their injury in order to improve symptoms and overall function. In this session, you will see and try a few common exercises used in treatment of traumatic brain injuries!

    File: PowerPoint - 148 k
    File: pdf - 177 k

  6. Strength From Within
    Adrian Torbenson, Speaker, Advocate, Let Your Voice be Heard
    After being hit by a truck at age 11; suffering many injuries including a TBI; having to relearn everything; being told I should forget about my dreams of going to College; and publishing a book, I will share my story of how I have done all that, and more.

2 - 2:30 p.m. - Break and Exhibits Open

2:30 - 3:45 p.m. - Plenary Session

"In these Shoes"
Janine Petracek

"In These Shoes" is a personal story of being a health care professional providing care for TBI patients and years later learning she is not only a nurse but now the wife of a TBI survivor. Four years later she becomes the mother of a TBI survivor when her daughter born at 39 weeks had suffered a stroke in utero.

Janine's husband who sustained an acquired brain injury after a road trucking accident, was no longer the same person: he behaved differently, thought differently, and took on the world differently. And when one member of a family changes, the entire family changes. The person we once knew now acts or speak without all the information or without considering the consequences.

Janine will also share the story of the young beautiful Gina, who was her patient and close to Janine's age and the story of a man she will call Jim and how their lives changed forever after sustaining a severe TBI.

File: PowerPoint - 15 Mb
File: Word document - 17 k
File: pdf - 6.6 MB

 

Presentations and DownloadsKeynotesThursday ScheduleFriday Schedule
Directions and Accommodations
Continuing Education Unit InformationCancellation Policy
Online registration is now closed.
You may register in person at the Earle Brown Center on Thursday or Friday
or call us at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442 before Wednesday, April 19 at 12 p.m.