See What Jeffersons' Providers Discussed at this Year's BIAPA Conference
The Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania hosted several speakers from the Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center at this year’s annual conference. Presenters discussed everything from visual effects in the concussed brain, to emerging treatment options. Here is a full rundown of our presenters and their topics:
Five-Minute Clinical Hypnosis for TBI Symptoms ~ Mijail Serruya, MD, PhD
Clinical hypnosis is an evidence-based non-pharmacologic intervention that has been developed for over a century and has been proven to enhance the efficacy of medications as an adjunct, and as a safe, efficacious intervention in its own right. The purpose of this session is to introduce attendees to clinical hypnosis, review the evidence base, and learn an abbreviated hypnotic induction technique that attendees can subsequently deploy with their own patients. Attendees will practice the technique and be given guidance on how to integrate the technique to address headaches, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and other common post-concussion symptoms.
Cognitive Rehabilitation & OT; 'Making the Most' of the Concussed Brain ~ Janet Parkinson, OTR/L
This session will outline the rehabilitation process after concussion, and will especially focus on the role of occupational therapy in cognitive rehabilitation. The attendee will learn about the evaluation process and specific treatment tools utilized to assist the client in recovery from deficits in attention, memory, and executive functions. It will discuss the process for returning to school and work in a gradual manner to ensure a successful return to life roles. Video footage and audience participation will allow the attendees to gain skills that can be applied immediately, whether they are survivors, family members, or rehabilitation professionals.
Visual Dysfunction in Brain Injury ~ Deborah Lehr, OD
This presentation will review the neuro-visual process, the anatomy and pathways involved, and the impact of brain injury on visual processing. The signs and symptoms of visual dysfunction related to brain injury will be presented, including a discussion of binocular vision, oculomotor function and sensory fusion. Post Trauma Vision Syndrome (PTVS) and Visual Midline Shift Syndrome (VMSS) will be presented. Clinical tests to assess visual dysfunction will be reviewed. Therapeutic strategies for visual dysfunction will be discussed.