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2012 Pediatric Brain Injury Conference Best Western Royal Plaza•181 Boston Post Rd. West• Marlborough, MA 01752

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

About the Conference Keynote Address

Douglas I. Katz, MD, Medical Director, Acquired Brain Injury Program and Director of Medical Education, Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital; Associate Professor of Neurology, Boston University Pharmacologic Interventions for Cognitive Problems The effect of brain injury on a person’s cognition and behavior is variable, complex, and often enduring. This presentation will review pharmacological interventions after severe brain injury. It will include a discussion of the natural history of recovery after severe TBI, dysfunction in neurotransmitters after TBI, experimental evidence regarding medication effects and evidence-based guidelines for the use of medications that may be beneficial for or detrimental to cognition at different stages of recovery. New information will be presented that will enhance the participants’ understanding of pharmacological management best practices.

Plenary Address

Greg Parkinson, MD, Pediatrician, Falmouth Pediatric Associates Sandra Parkinson, PT, Physical Therapist, Falmouth Sports Center A New Normal: Reinventing Yourself After a Head Injury Busy families aren’t supposed to have head injuries – who has the time? When a moderate to severe injury does happen, your entire reality is upended. Recovery redefines your role with family and friends, some of whom are great, but many of whom ‘don’t really get it.’ It also redefines you.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education Units are provided for the following professionals: • Audiologists • Nurses • Case Managers • Nursing Home Administrators • CBIS/ CBIS-T • Occupational Therapists • Certified Counselors • Physical Therapists • Educators • Rehabilitation Counselors • EMTs (application has been submitted) • Social Workers • Licensed Mental Health Counselors • Speech-Language Pathologists Social Workers: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) #1117 has been submitted as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards ASWB, 400 South Ridge Parkway, Ste B, Culpepper, VA 22701;

This course is offered for 0.65 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area).

Financial and non-financial disclosure information for instructional personnel and information pertaining to financial and in-kind support from the following partners—Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Braintree and New England Rehabilitation Hospitals and Wingate Healthcare— is available on our website at


Schedule of the Day 7:00-8:00

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Exhibits




Keynote Address: Douglas I. Katz, MD

Arlene Korab, Executive Director, Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts “Pharmacologic Interventions for Cognitive Problems”

9:45-10:00 Break—Visit with Exhibitors and Network 10:00-11:15 Session I - Workshop A, B, C or D (Choose One) 11:15-12:15



Plenary Address: Greg Parkinson, MD and Sandra Parkinson, PT


Break—Visit with Exhibitors and Network


Session II - Workshop E, F, G or H (Choose One)


Break—Visit with Exhibitors and Network


Session III - Workshop I, J, K or L (Choose One)


Main Ballroom “A New Normal: Reinventing Yourself After a Head Injury”

Continuing Education Certificates & Certificates of Attendance

Conference Committee Ron Allen, PhD, BCBA,CBIS, Ivy Street School Kaitlin Canha, MS, CCC-SLP, Franciscan Hospital for Children Ruth Crowley, MS, CCC-SLP, Franciscan Hospital for Children Nicole Godaire, CBIS, BIA-MA Lynette Holmes, MS, CCC-SLP, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Emmy Llewellyn, MA, MS, BIA-MA Laura MacFeeley, BIA-MA Myles Marisseau, BIA-MA Jennifer Mento, MSPT, MBA, May Institute Lisa A. Olinger, JD, LMHC, BIA-MA Michelle Parker, RN, MS, PNP, Boston Children’s Hospital BJ Williams, BIA-MA 3

Workshop Descriptions Session I: 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. A. Current Trends in Gait Training

Lynn Deming, PT, MS, Advanced Physical Therapist, and Jean Murby, PT, Pediatric Physical Therapist, from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital This presentation will give an overview of the types of technology available for gait training and evaluation for the neurologic pediatric population. Areas that will be discussed include body weight support gait training, robotic gait training using a driven gait orthosis (Lokomat, Hocoma, Switzerland), computerized 3-D gait analysis, and use of ambulation devices. Participants will become familiar with the available gait technology and functional outcomes.

B. Animal Therapy

Kristin Hartness, Executive Director, Canines for Disabled Kids Animals can be great lifetime companions, but they also serve a greater purpose when used to assist children with disabilities. Animals can be trained to assist in many different therapy or service options for children with brain injuries. Participants will be able to determine if a service animal is a good treatment option for their client or patient.

C. Vision Problems Occurring After Brain Injury

Nicole Quinn, OD, FAAO, Associate Professor, New England College of Optometry Though a child’s brain has increased plasticity, every brain injury is unique and all children face different results and challenges. Vision problems commonly seen in individuals with TBI along with visual diagnoses, their associated visual signs and symptoms will be covered during this workshop. Participants will walk away with an overview of treatment and management options to cater to every pediatric survivor’s different needs.

D. One Giant Leap: Transitioning from Adolescence to Young Adulthood

Chris Randa, MEd, Special Education Teacher; Carey Bellino, MA, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, and Brooke Howard, MS OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, all from Ivy Street School The transition to young adulthood is more than chronological. Success at work, in college, and in personal relations, requires both simple skills and overarching cognitive skills called executive skills (e.g., planning, organizing, filtering social information, evaluation, etc.). After injury, many youngsters struggle to acquire and use executive skills in “real-time.” The current workshop reviews pitfalls associated with executive skill dysfunction as well as the best evidenced-based means for executive skill development.


Workshop Descriptions

Session II: 1:45 - 3:00 p.m.

E. Bracing for Function: The Role of Bracing for Children with Brain Injury Lauren Ide, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

This presentation focuses on pediatric functional bracing concepts. Participants will learn about different treatment approaches, common gait deviations in the pediatric brain injury population and the range of lower extremity bracing solutions available. A brief overview on spinal orthotics and upper extremity bracing options will also be provided. Through a combination of lecture, demonstration, and group discussion, participants will gain an understanding of how to improve patient outcomes through the use of bracing.

F. Using Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) to Guide Successful Behavior Change Interventions Ron Allen, PhD, BCBA, CBIS, Director, Ivy Street School; Graduate Professor, Applied Behavior Analysis, Simmons College

Any successful intervention, whether to increase adaptive behavior or to decrease challenging behavior, begins with an exploration of the operative motivational-reinforcement connections for behaviors of interest. The workshop will provide a practical overview of Functional Behavior Assessment, which is the motivation for challenging behaviors, as well as translation of the results of such assessments into successful behavior change interventions.

G. Spasticity Management

Jeff Forman, MD, Director, Rehabilitation Medicine, Franciscan Hospital for Children Spasticity is one of the most common, challenging, and disabling effects of brain injury. The goal of this presentation is to familiarize caregivers and clinicians with causes, patterns and pathophysiology of spasticity as well as available approaches to treatment. Participants will discuss the selection of appropriate management of spasticity including respective advantages and disadvantages, risks and side effects.

H. The Treatment of Children with Vestibular Disorders

Carolyn Vaillancourt, PT, MS, NCS, MBA, Senior Physical Therapist, Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital There are a variety of conditions that affect vestibular development and function in children. Learn about the anatomical and physiological aspects of the peripheral and central nervous systems and how vestibular difficulties present in the pediatric population. In addition, participants will be able to discuss intervention strategies for children with vestibular impairment.


Workshop Descriptions Session III: 3:15 - 4:30 p.m. I. Identification of Seizures and Treatments for Epilepsy

Lora Pixley, MSN, CPNP, Epilepsy Nurse Practitioner, Boston Children’s Hospital Seizures are a common result of a brain injury. Participants will learn about classifying different types of seizures and treatment options for children with epilepsy. The workshop offers a brief overview of non-pharmacological treatments such as vagal nerve stimulation, ketogenic diet, and epilepsy surgery.

J. Using Behavior Analysis with Pediatric Brain Injury Survivors in Program and Home Settings Moderator: Ron Allen, PhD, BCBA, CBIS, Director, Ivy Street School; Graduate Professor, Applied Behavior Analysis, Simmons College Panelists: Michael Mozzoni, PhD, BCBA, CBIST, Director of Behavioral Services, Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center; Gary Pace, PhD, BCBA, Supervising Psychologist, May Center for Education and Neurorehabilitation; Sr. VP for Neurorehabilitation Services, May Institute The presentation will demonstrate post-functional assessment of behavior and will present a range of behavioral analytic intervention strategies applicable to pediatric brain injury survivors both in institutional settings and in the home. Participants will learn the identifying principles of applied behavior analysis, the different intervention strategies applicable in multiple settings, and the measurement and data display strategies used in the evaluation of the efficacy of interventions.

K. Augmentative and Alternative Communication in the Pediatric ICU and Acute Care Rachel Moritz, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Boston Children’s Hospital

Augmentative and alternative communication supports and strategies can make a difference in a child’s ability to effectively communicate with medical providers, family, and staff to ensure quality care, prevent sentinel events, and promote patient safety. This workshop will discuss the new Joint Commission standards on addressing the needs of communication vulnerable patients and how this can be achieved through a bedside model of service delivery.

L. Survivor Perspectives

PANEL: Various survivors of pediatric brain injury, family members and professionals Panelists will share their experiences with pediatric brain injury. This presentation will recognize the limitations and opportunities that exist when a child experiences a brain injury. Attend this workshop to hear first-hand how a child’s world and the family dynamic is changed following a brain injury.


Conference Registration

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The 2012 Pediatric Brain Injury Conference will bring together medical professionals, parents, teachers, providers and others to discuss the latest research, treatment and issues in pediatric brain injury. Reserve your spot today!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

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