Assessment of System Needs
from the Perspective of a
Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor - 2018 Research Project

Traumatic Brain Injury Conference 2018

Presentations

Compassion Fatigue

Presenter: Anastasia Riley, Behavior Specialist/Certified Brain Injury Specialist
Agency: WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Description: What is compassion fatigue, what are its effects, and how can you help yourself care for others?

TBI Self-Advocacy

Presenter: Gina Desmond, Advocate
Agency: Disability Rights of WV
Description: What is self-advocacy, how to strengthen your self-advocacy and ways to support self-advocates.

TBI and Medical Marijuana

Presenter: Martin A. Lee, Director
Agency: Project CBD, Healdsburg, CA
Description: Drawing upon personal experience as well as peer reviewed studies, examine the scientific basis of cannabis therapeutics with particular emphasis on its potential application for treating strokes, head wounds, and other traumatic brain injuries.

Supported Decision Making

Presenter: Jeremiah Underhill, Legal Director
Agency: Disability Rights of WV
Description: Learn about supported decision making, an alternative to legal guardianship, how it promotes self-determination, control and autonomy, and fosters independence

Concussions: The Friday Night Sideline View

Presenter: Gregory A. Elkins, M.D., Medical Director
Agency: Lincoln Primary Care Center
Description: Sideline evaluation and management of adolescents with possible concussions from initial evaluation to return to play decisions.

Positive Behavior Support for Challenging Behaviors in Adults with TBI

Presenter: Anastasia Riley, Behavior Specialist/Certified Brain Injury Specialist
Agency: WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Description: Learn about Positive Behavior Support and its characteristics. Explore functional behavior assessments, and finding good replacement behaviors.

Cognitive Enhancement and the Mental Gym (Download PPTM)

Presenter: Daniel Long, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Director
Agency: WVU MindFit Clinic
Description: This presentation will provide a broad overview of two cognitive enhancement interventions- cognitive training and neurofeedback- often employed to help those with attention and cognitive issues.

Music Therapy and TBI

Presenter: Katie Martin, MT-BC, NMT
Agency: WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Description: This session is an interactive experience on the profession of music therapy and its benefits to TBI survivors, their families, and caregivers.

TBI and Memory Loss

Presenter: Bryce Meredith, M.D., Fellow
Agency: Marshall University Sports Medicine Institute
Description: One of the primary outcomes of TBI is short and long-term memory loss. This session will discuss causes, symptoms, interventions, and compensatory strategies to improve memory loss post-TBI.

Self-Advocacy Through a Parent

Presenter: Gina Desmond, Advocate
Agency: Disability Rights of WV
Description: What is self-advocacy, how to strengthen your self-advocacy and ways to support self-advocates.

Positive Behavior Support for Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom relating to TBI

Presenter: Anastasia Riley, Behavior Specialist/Certified Brain Injury Specialist<br/ > Agency: WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities<br/ > Description: Learn about Positive Behavior Support and its characteristics. Explore functional behavior assessments, and finding good replacement behaviors.

R*E*A*P - The Interdisciplinary Concussion Management Protocol and How a Good Return to Learn (RTL) Plan is Key to Good Concussion Management

Presenter: Karen McAvoy, Psy.D.
Agency: Get Schooled on Concussions
Description: Much attention has been placed on Return to Sport (RTS) in concussion management. While not every student with a concussion will return to sport, 100% of students with a concussion still need to return to learn (RTL). R*E*A*P – which stands for Remove/Reduce*Educate* Adjust/Accommodate*Pace are the essential elements in an interdisciplinary team approach to concussion management. Paired with quick and flexible classroom supports from the Get Schooled On Concussions curriculum, teachers, counselors, school nurses, administrators, athletic trainers and coaches will all be working together to promote a speedy and safe return to learn as well as return to sport.

The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in the Assessment and Treatment of TBI

Presenter: Cassie Miller, SLP, Feeding and Swallowing Clinic
Director Agency: WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Description: Plans and strategies in assessing and treating speech-language outcomes in children with TBI.

TBI and Memory Loss in Children

Presenter: Bryce Meredith, M.D., Fellow
Agency: Marshall University Sports Medicine Institute
Description: One of the primary outcomes of TBI is short and long-term memory loss. This session will discuss causes, symptoms, interventions, and compensatory strategies to improve memory loss.

Mild TBI: An Overview of Concussion

Presenter: Andrew Gilliland. M.D., Assistant Professor
Agency: Marshall University Sports Medicine Institute
Description: Gain a basic understanding of mild TBI, also known as concussion, including causes, signs, symptoms, identification, treatment, and possible long-term outcomes.

Partner Agencies

  • West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities Traumatic Brain Injury Program
  • Brain Injury Group
  • West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
  • Marshall Sports Medicine
  • Office of Special Education
  • HealthSouth