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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. 

Inspire Increased Attention: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Target Attention Deficits Following Neurological Incident

Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 7:00 PM–8:00 PM EDT
Session Length

90 minutes

Speaker Perspectives

Clinical staff: therapists, social workers, psychologists


Neurological deficits may be experienced by individuals who have experienced a stroke, brain injury, tumor, and developmental disabilities. The rehabilitation interdisciplinary treatment team works alongside the client to achieve set goals. Through the Hierarchy of Cognitive Functions, the client will work through various symptoms of neurological deficits. In this presentation, we will introduce and become familiar with the Hierarchy of Cognitive Functions, dive deeply into attention deficits, treatment, and strategies, and interdisciplinary approaches for best practice.

Focus of Presentation

Intervention/treatment modality

Learning Outcomes

1. Define various acquired neurological disorders.

2. Describe four types of attention.

3. Identify two evidence-based treatment modalities which can be implemented via the interdisciplinary team.

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


Karley Brouwer, Origami Rehabilitation
Biographical Statement

Karley Brouwer is a Recreational Therapist (CTRS) working at Origami Rehabilitation, located in Mason, MI. She has been working in this position at Origami since 2018. Prior to Origami, she worked within sub-acute rehabilitation, as well as, long-term care. Karley is the Treasurer and Practitioner Representative of the Executive Board Committee on the Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education (CARTE). She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS), Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), and is certified in LoveYourBrain yoga. Karley has been one of the leading LYB yoga instructors at Origami for 4+ years and enjoys implementing this evidence-based program to clients and support individuals through their journey of brain injury rehabilitation.

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April Toivonen, MA, CCC-SLP, CBISactions, Origami Rehabilitation
Biographical Statement

April Toivonen-Truax received her Master's Degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1992. April has 30 years experience working with a variety of populations and in a variety of settings but her favorite population are those with neurological impairments. April is currently a Speech Pathologist at Origami Rehabilitation Center in Mason, MI. She works in center based, outpatient, and community settings. April assisted in developing the Let's Talk! Aphasia Program at Origami.

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