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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

Poor Sleep After Pediatric Brain Injury: Symptom and Contributor to Other SymptomsDean Beebe
Dr. Dean Beebe, Ph.D, ABPP, Professor of Pediatrics UC College of Medicine and Director of the Neuropsychology Program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Sleep disruption is common in the early stages after brain injury, and difficulties with sleep duration, regularity, and quality can persist for months or even years. Sleep is often ignored in treatment plans, or patients and their families inadvertently adopt society's dismissive or hostile attitude towards sleep. However, there is clear evidence that inadequate sleep can seriously hamper thinking, mood, and quality of life – creating problems that can be confused with or compound those from brain injury. In this talk, Dr. Beebe will share that evidence and make the case for routinely addressing sleep in the daily lives of individuals after brain injuries.

Dean Beebe is a Professor of Pediatrics in the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Director of the Neuropsychology Program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Board-certified in clinical neuropsychology and in pediatric neuropsychology, his clinical work specializes in the evaluation and care of children who have neurological conditions or other medical conditions that affect the brain. His research focuses on the consequences of sleep disorders and inadequate sleep on the thinking skills, learning, mood, dietary intake, physical activity, and driving skills in youth. He works closely with other investigators examining the impact of sleep changes on the health of youth following concussions and chronic health conditions. That work has been supported by the NIH, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, American Diabetes Association, State of Ohio, and multiple private foundations. He serves on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, the Advisory Board of Start School Later, Inc., and committees of the AACN and the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. Dr. Beebe is an associate editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, and is on the editorial boards for Child Neuropsychology, SLEEP, and Behavioral Sleep Medicine.

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

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

  1. Behavioral Sleep Strategies After Pediatric Brain Injuries
    Dr. Dean Beebe, Ph.D, ABPP, Professor of Pediatrics UC College of Medicine and Director of the Neuropsychology Program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
    While some sleep problems are hard to treat, many can be addressed. This breakout session will focus on non-drug-based behavioral strategies for improving sleep, focused on those that fit with sleep science. This session will allow for smaller-group conversation about sleep, its importance, and strategies for improving lives through better sleep.

  2. Moving Beyond Return to Play: Emerging Science for Return to Learn Following Concussion
    Katy H. O'Brien, PhD, CCC-SLP Assistant Professor, University of Georgia
    This presentation will describe current literature around Return To Learn after concussion in secondary and postsecondary settings. Included will be current research findings from a study of college students' experiences, detailing wide variation in care and the challenge of relying on students to understand and advocate for their learning needs.

  3. Expanding Robotic-Assisted Gait Training Into the Clinic: Use, Frequency, and Additional Considerations for Use of This Technology as an Intervention
    Jennifer Steele, PT, DPT, NCS, Physical Therapist; Kate Brown, PT, DPT, NCS, Physical Therapist, Allina Health – Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute (United Hospital)
    The topic of robotics-assisted gait training has been increasing in popularity. Use of robotics for clinical advancements of gait should be a consideration for use. This session will discuss various considerations and uses within the clinical setting in relation to the brain injury and stroke populations.

  4. Public Policy Updates
    Jeff Nachbar, Public Policy Director, Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
    Legislative activities can be difficult to track but can greatly impact the brain injury community. Join this session for a political update on current policy efforts at both the State and National level. The status of the 2019 Legislative Session and current issues in the US Congress will be discussed as they pertain to the priorities of the Alliance's advocacy efforts.

  5. Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation As an Intervention for Traumatic Brain Injury
    Dr. Casey S. Gilmore, Research Scientist, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, Minneapolis VA Medical Center; Dr. Tasha M. Nienow, PhD, LP, Staff Psychologist, Minneapolis VA Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, U of M Medical Center
    This session will cover transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), a non-invasive technique for affecting brain plasticity. tDCS has been shown to be an effective intervention for enhancing brain activity and cognition. tDCS is a promising rehabilitative intervention to improve the cognitive and behavioral effects of TBI.

  6. How Cool is a Pool
    Kathy Braaten, PT, DPT, CEEAA, CLT, Physical Therapist, CKRI Stillwater
    This presentation is for healthcare professionals, clients, exercise enthusiasts, and those who just want to know how cool is a pool. The session will discuss basic pool benefits from buoyance to intensity training and research on various pathologies as well as identify the pool as medically necessary. Slides will provide examples of independent workouts, classes and various levels of skilled care in a pool setting. Come explore the pool as an adjunct to any therapy, treatment and fun for all pool-goers alike.

12 - 1 p.m. - Lunch

1 - 2 p.m. - Breakout Session II

  1. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Veterans with Depression and Traumatic Brain Injury
    C. Sophia Albott, MD, MA, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School
    Depression is present in as many as 50 percent of individuals with TBI. Unfortunately, many individuals with comorbid TBI and depression are resistant to traditional antidepressant medications. This presentation will review evidence suggesting efficacy of transcranial magnetic stimulation for the treatment of depression in veterans with comorbid TBI.

  2. De-escalation of Behavioral Dyscontrol Episodes After Acquired Brain Injury
    Robert L. Karol, PhD, LP, ABPP-RP, CBIST, President, Karol Neuropsychological Services and Consulting
    This talk will address how staff should prepare to address episodes of behavioral dyscontrol. It will cover preparing steps ahead of time and how to respond during an episode. Goals for staff during an episode will be discussed as well as team responses.

  3. Brain Injury! The Gift That Keeps on Giving!
    Jacquelyn Miller, retired, OTR and Disability Management Specialist, Brain Injury Survivor
    Jacquelyn Miller shares a rare 360 degree perspective as an Occupational Therapist, Disability Management Specialist (retired) and a brain injury survivor. She discusses rebuilding self-worth and self-identity; understanding constant changes in medications, symptoms, and daily abilities; accommodating loved ones and obligations while juggling daily life; and the various stereotypes that are handed out to her sub-group. She discusses the need to Stop, Look, and Listen to others as this may very well be where you find yourself.

  4. Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Symptom-Focused Treatment of Persisting Post-Concussive Symptoms
    Matthew R. Powell, PhD, Neuropsychologist, Mayo Clinic
    Mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion, gained significant media attention over the last several years in part due to connection with sport injuries. While the vast majority of individuals experience a swift recovery following single concussive injuries, a minority experience persisting symptoms. We will discuss the pathophysiology and typical recovery following mild brain injury, predisposing and perpetuating factors related to post concussive syndrome, and symptom focused rehabilitation that may assist with managing symptoms.

  5. Grace Notes: Advancing Spiritual Wellbeing for Clients with Acquired Brain Injury
    DPeggy Thompson, MFA, BCC, Chaplain, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Golden Valley; Jennifer La Rue
    After brain injury people often turn to faith to address loss and meaning. Because there are no evidence based interventions that address their spiritual concerns, we developed Grace Notes, a spirituality curriculum. This presentation will include findings from a recently completed feasibility study, conducted at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, in which Grace Notes was provided to adults with acute brain injury.

  6. Encounters With The Hidden Voice
    Lisa Lounsbury, MA, LMFT, ATR-BC, Executive Director, Art Lab Rx
    Images tell a story. In art therapy, the subconscious comes forward to illustrate emotional themes that have been hidden under the surface, unspoken. Come learn how these concepts become creations that clients can use to make meaning of their circumstances and move forward on their healing journey.

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

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

Putting One Foot In Front Of The Other, A Journey with FTDNancy Carlson
Nancy Carlson, Author

Nancy Carlson shares her creative journey as a care giver for her husband Barry who suffered from Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). Through art, writing and a great deal of hiking, Nancy found her way back from sadness, financial crises and the loss of her companion. Nancy talks about how putting one foot in front of the other literally took her on the path of healing and to a new life she never imagined.

Nancy Carlson has written and illustrated more than 60 children's books since 1979. Her most recent book is titled SOMETIMES YOU BARF, published in 2014. Here is what the Publishers Weekly review said about Nancy's book titled I LIKE ME!: "The foundation of a healthy self-image, the cornerstone of a happy and successful life, is what Carlson's work is all about." In late fall 2012, Nancy heard two words from a neurologist that would rock the happy life she had created with her husband Barry McCool. Those words were frontotemporal dementia (FTD). So the journey with FTD began! What does an author and illustrator do when the family has no health insurance, is one rent check away from being homeless, has a husband swearing at her all day long and the IRS breathing down her back? She keeps creating! Nancy continued to do books, but she also created a blog called "Putting One Foot In Front of the Other." Nancy is working on a graphic style memoir about her husband's FTD Journey.

Presentations and DownloadsKeynotesThursday ScheduleFriday Schedule
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Continuing Education Unit InformationCancellation Policy
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