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Modern research in neuroscience and advances in technology have added new dimensions to our understanding and management of traumatic brain injury. This course will present the latest research and clinical advances that impact on current and future trends in interdisciplinary management of persons with brain injury. Issues related to incorporating sexuality into rehabilitation, a new approach to facilitating coma recovery and advances in the management of attention will be a focus. Other topics that will be addressed include medical issues, vestibular rehabilitation, behavior management, use of computer aids and apps for cognitive-communication rehabilitation, preparation for discharge, family adaptation after brain injury, and ethical issues related to use of social media by individuals with traumatic brain injury.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Recognize the impact of TBI on sexuality and gain comfort in addressing it within the context of rehabilitation
Explain the conceptual framework underlying the Familiar Auditory Sensory Training (FAST) protocol and the neurobehavioral effect of the specified FAST dose relative to placebo.
Outline the differences between standard treatment and the sensory kinetic balance system for vestibular rehabilitation.
Discuss strategies for managing behavior issues in patients with traumatic brain injury
Discuss interventions that empower families for home care-giving and the tools to improve discharge communication/preparation amongst the interdisciplinary team
Outline current approaches and new directions for assessment and rehabilitation of attention following a brain injury
Describe potential ethical implications of use of social media by persons with traumatic brain injury
Discuss current computer technologies and apps to complement cognitive-communication treatments
Discuss the effects of secondary sequelae of headache, fatigue and sleep on rehabilitation recovery
Identify the implications of hormonal dysfunction on recovery after traumatic brain injury
Who Should Attend
Physiatrists, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses, and Other Professionals Interested in Brain Injury Rehabilitation