What Happens When They Don't Get Better?  An Interdisciplinary Approach to Treating Concussion and Post-Concussion Syndrome


Audience: PT, PTA, OT, COTA, SLP, ATC
Course Level:  Intermediate
Date: May 17-18, 2014
Check in time: Saturday: 7:30-8 am
Class time: Saturday: 8-4 pm and Sunday: 8-1 pm
Location: Fairview Southdale Hospital. International Rooms A and B
6401 France Ave. S., Edina, MN 55435

Course Fee: $450.00

Contact Hours: 11.5

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Jamie Schlueter, MD
has a background as an athletic trainer in Austin, Texas. Currently, Dr. Schlueter is an emergency room physician at Providence Portland Medical Center (PPMC) where she frequently treats patients who have sustained concussions, and where she trains her colleagues in identifying and managing concussion and mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) in the emergency room and acute settings. Dr. Schlueter is also the team physician for the National Women’s Soccer League’s Portland Thorns and the head team physician for the University of Portland.
Financial Disclosure: Ms. Jamie Schlueter  receives an honorarium for speaking and teaching this topic.
She has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Laurel Kirby, MS, CCC-SLP received her degree in speech-language pathology from California State University, East Bay in 2007. She specializes in cognitive-communication rehabilitation with adolescents and adults with mild traumatic brain injury, including concussion. Laurel practices in an outpatient setting at Providence North East Rehabilitation Clinic and manages the Providence Concussion Management Program in Portland, Oregon. She currently holds a position as a Level II Therapist specializing in neurological rehabilitation in cognition, and is an adjunct professor for Portland State University in the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department. Laurel is on the board of directors for Brain injury Information, Referral and Resources and Development (BIRRDsong), a local Portland non-profit that supports survivors of brain injury, as well their carepartners.
Financial Disclosure: Ms. Laurel Kirby receives an honorarium for speaking and teaching this topic.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Ms. Laurel Kirby Volunteers as Board VP for Brain Injury Information, Referrals and Resources Development (BIRRD)

Jamie Caulley, PT
graduated from Pacific University’s Physical Therapy School in 2002. She has spent most of her career working with clients with neurological and vestibular deficits; however she also has experience working in settings from acute care to outpatient neurological and outpatient orthopedics. Currently she works at Providence Health Systems North East Rehab Clinic in Portland, OR, a hospital-based outpatient setting. She is in charge of Providence’s regional vestibular program development and staff education. She was certified at the Susan Herdman Vestibular Competency Course in 2007.
Financial Disclosure: Ms. Jamie Caulley receives an honorarium for speaking and teaching this topic.
She has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Sybil Hedrick, OTR/L, CHT is a certified hand specialist who received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington in 1995. She is experienced in the treatment of amateur and professional athletes and also specializes in rehabilitation from concussion and post-concussive syndrome by addressing functional vision and sensory deficits. Sybil also has personal experience with concussion, as she has sustained 5, and she pulls from this unique perspective while treating patients. Sybil served as president of the Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon (OTAO) from 2006-2010 and is currently on the Occupational Therapy Licensing Board of Oregon. In August of 2003, Sybil swam the English Channel, solo. She currently practices outpatient Occupational Therapy at the Providence Sports Care Center at JeldWen Field and is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Pacific University School of Occupational Therapy teaching Human Movement for Occupation.
Financial Disclosure: Ms. Sybil Hedrick receives an honorarium for speaking and teaching this topic.
She has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Course Description
Concussion is increasingly visible in the media, and being addressed by sports clinics, sport teams and medical facilities nationally; however, a majority of concussion information and services focus on sports and acute management, and do not address treatment for individuals whose symptoms persist beyond the typical timeframe, or those with non-sports injuries. This course will provide instruction in interdisciplinary rehabilitation treatment for including concussion and post-concussion syndrome, including acute management and rehabilitation techniques for orthopedic, vestibular, sensory, visual, psychosocial, cognitive and communication challenges. An example of a concussion/MTBI management and treatment program will be presented, including rehabilitation perspectives from a sports and emergency room physician, OT, PT and SLP.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
• Define and identify concussion, post-concussive syndrome (PCS) and mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI)
• Screen for MTBI in various patient populations and identify appropriate referral resources
• Administer discipline-specific assessments and treatment protocols
• Describe an interdisciplinary approach to managing MTBI
• Problem-solve patient case studies as an interdisciplinary team

Saturday, May 17 
7:30-8:00 a.m.Check in/Registration
8:00-9:00 a.m.Concussion basics
9:00-10:00 a.m.Medical management of concussion – from field to rehab
10:00-10:15 a.m.BREAK
10:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Rehabilitation for Concussion/Post-Concussion Syndrome: Roles of the ATC, PT, OT and SLP
12:30-1:30 p.m.LUNCH
1:30-4:00 p.m.Break Out Sessions: Assessment Techniques & Tools for the ATC, PT, OT and SLP
Sunday, May 18 
8:00-10:30 a.m.Break Out Sessions: Treatment Techniques & Tools for the ATC, PT, OT and SLP
10:30-10:45 a.m.BREAK
10:45-11:45 a.m.Case Studies – Examples of Interdiscplinary Management
11:45-12:30 pmVirtual Patient Panel
12:30-1:00 p.m.Question/Answer Period and Interdisciplinary Discussion


This course is offered for (1.15) ASHA CEUs
(Professional area, Intermediate Level).

This course is eligible for American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider credit. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.

The course is approved by the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy for Category I credits. Approval number: #6709

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