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Heading into the Future: 2023 Interprofessional Virtual Summit on Brain Injury

May 1–21, 2023

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“Heading into the Future” is a virtual summit focused on current practice, trends, education and research on brain injury. The summit is focused on an interprofessional audience, including consumers with brain injuries, family members, caregivers, students, educators, clinical staff like therapists, social workers and psychologists, medical staff of nurses and physicans, administrators, and policy makers.

Pre-recorded sessions are 60 and 90 minutes, allowing summit attendees to watch the videos 24/7 at their convenience. Presenters will be available for live Q & A sessions that will be published for attendees in the event they would like to dialogue with the speakers. 

The keynote address will be given by Carole Starr, who sustained a brain injury in an auto accident in 1999. Hear this nationally recognized speaker share a humorous and inspirational speech on developing resiliency during times of adversity. A speaker LIVE Q & A will be held with Carole on May 16. 

FUNdamentals: Utilizing Play within Pediatric Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 7:00 PM–8:00 PM EDT
Session Length

60 minutes

Speaker Perspectives

Clinical staff: therapists, social workers, psychologists


Have you ever wondered if you could make recovering from a brain injury fun? Attendees will gain an understanding of the importance of utilizing play within pediatric brain injury rehabilitation. Explore past and current research supporting play as a modality and hear multidisciplinary anecdotal evidence from two therapists working at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital's National Center for Children's Rehabilitation in Washington, D.C.

Focus of Presentation
Intervention/treatment modality
Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the importance of play as a modality in pediatric brain injury rehabilitation. 

2. Identify three types of pediatric play interventions.

3. Explain the rationale for play-based multidisciplinary co-treatment sessions within inpatient rehabiliation. 

Target Audience
Medical staff: physicians, nurses, etc.
Clinical staff: therapists, social workers, psychologists, etc.


Elizabeth Parker, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital
Biographical Statement

Elizabeth Parker, MS, CTRS/RRT is a Recreation Therapist at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital's National Center for Children's Rehabilitation in Washington, D.C. Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Science from Bridgewater College in Family Studies and Human Development with concentrations in Family Life Education and Child Development and a Master of Science in Recreational Therapy Administration from East Carolina University. She has many years of experience working with both adults and children with complex medical conditions and physical and cognitive disabilities in clinical settings and within the community. As a part of her role at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, she is the manager for their competitive youth Sled Hockey team within the community Adaptive Sports Program. Elizabeth has obtained additional training in a multitude of areas including aquatic therapy, the therapeutic use of horticulture and multiple adaptive sports. As a second generation Pediatric Recreation Therapist, she is passionate about providing evidence-based practice and collaborating with other disciplines to be a well-informed and well-rounded clinician. 

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Lauren Robinson, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital
Biographical Statement

Lauren Robinson, OTR/L, MSOT, CPAM is an Occupational Therapist at MedStar National Rehabiliation Hospital in Washington, D.C. Lauren received her Bachelor of Sciences in Public Health from University of Maryland and her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Le Moyne College. Lauren has been working as a registered OT for 3 years, but has worked in pediatrics as an aide and mentor for over 7 years. Throughout her time, she has been able to work in pediatrics with a variety of diagnoses, and with adults who have suffered from a brain injury or stroke. She is trained in DIR Floortime 101 that has led her care of pediatrics and the model's that she uses to integrate play with therapeutic benefit.

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