BIANC’s quarterly 2021 webinar series will feature a variety of topics presented by speakers from different backgrounds. Click the links below to view our upcoming live webinars, or view our archived learning videos on-demand.
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Our schools experienced an overnight virtual paradigm shift during 2020 due to the pandemic. Although many schools are returning to in-person instruction, many aspects of virtual learning are here to stay. Therefore, it is essential to understand the pros and cons of virtual learning related to educating students who experience a brain injury.
This training will help school staff and parents understand students' unique online learning needs following an acquired brain injury, including concussion. We will delve into the benefits and drawbacks of online learning for students after a brain injury. The presenter will also share brain injury-related strategies to support students around the hot topics of screen time, digital organization, executive functions, mental health, and more!
- Understand the online learning needs of students during brain injury (including concussion) recovery
- Describe the pros and cons of a virtual, remote online learning experience for students after a brain injury;
- Identify strategies that parents and school staff can implement to better support students with online learning needs post-brain injury
Seizure disorders affect about 1 in 26 people in the United States. Any one of us, at any time, at any age, can develop seizures for any number of reasons. One of the most common causes of seizures in adults is head injuries. This presentation will cover the basics of seizure disorders, including the many different types, etiologies, conditions that mimic seizures, first-aid, and treatment, especially the newer treatments now available. The psychosocial impact of seizures will also be discussed as well.
Learner will be able to:
- Name three of the most common seizures, using the latest terminology.
- List four of the most common causes of seizures
- Discuss the steps of first aid for a tonic-clonic seizure
- Describe the psycho-social impact of seizure disorders
Art therapy is used as part of the rehabilitation process after brain injury to help individuals use their cognitive skills, express emotions, and communicate through the means of art. Along the way, focus on strengths and expression can help create a new sense of self, bring upon acceptance, and help reduce negative mental health symptoms. This is particularly true for those in the military or veterans that experience a brain injury to help process strong feelings and memories. Join us on this webinar to get your hands dirty and see how using art can help unlock potential.
- general discussion on what art therapy is, an art therapist's role, how it works, and its use with individuals living with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and brain injury, particularly in military populations.
- interactive component: guided imagery where those in attendance would stop and create a drawing at four different points with discussion on how to explore personal meaning after.
Designing Independence consists of a team of physical and occupational therapists that specialize in home modifications. This webinar will explore how home modifications can increase your independence in a home and reduce the assistance from outside caregivers. We will explore various aspects of accessibility and safety from entryway solutions, bathroom set up, and kitchen set up. Additionally, we will discuss various strategies to medication adherence techniques and how to incorporate aspects of energy conservation into your daily routine. Perfect for professionals, individuals living with brain injury & family.
We know that anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions are more common among individuals who have sustained a brain injury. Caregivers supporting someone after a brain injury also often face unique, challenging mental health challenges. So why is it that mental health counseling is usually considered a last resort or a luxury, and not a core component of the physical rehabilitation process? In this webinar, we will explore how mental health counseling can impact brain injury recovery. Specific strategies to support both TBI patients and their caregivers will be shared with webinar participants.
A creative, multifaceted, and interdisciplinary approach to brain injury rehabilitation is essential to overcoming the obstacles faced with traditional, “one-size-fits-all” care and limited funding for TBI services. This webinar will be promoting the benefits of multiple disciplines working in coordination instead of separately. It will discuss values of community integration and how various goals are addressed with functional, therapeutic tasks (building on restorative and compensatory strategies). The webinar will further investigate everyday tasks at home with a brain injury and how these methods can be modified to encourage engagement.
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The Brain Injury Association of North Carolina presents... Concussion/mTBI in NC Children & Youth! Concussion/mild TBI can affect the child and family’s well-being, their lifestyle, daily activities, and their academic goals. This webinar will review concussion in children, with a focus on children in North Carolina. The discussion will include identifying concussion/mild TBI, the incidence of, mechanisms, and symptoms. It will also discuss novel and established treatment strategies. Whether you are an individual who has experienced a concussion, a parent, a family member, advocate, or professional, this webinar will provide the latest information on concussion/mild TBI in children.
As a follow up to March's webinar, we will be discussing what it looks like to return to school after a concussion. We will investigate NC education policy to identify and respond to students who sustain a concussion to prevent reoccurrence (and more serious recovery complications). The webinar will highlight the efforts of the Child & Youth Committee of the Brain Injury Advisory Council to raise awareness and support implementation efforts of Return to Learn in NC. Lastly, participants from school personnel (teachers, coaches, nurses, etc.), community members, and parents will discover tools created to support effective concussion support and management in children & youth.
Owning your Rehabilitation after Brain Injury
The Brain Injury Association of North Carolina presents... Owning Your Rehabilitation after Brain Injury! Join us for this presentation in which Maura Silverman of the Triangle Aphasia Project emphasizes person-centered activity in various groups and activities to help people affected by a speech disorder common after injury, called aphasia. She discusses opportunities and strategies for you to get more involved in rehabilitation by owning one's goals, achievements, and power after brain injury whether you are an individual living with brain injury, professional, caregiver, friend, or family member.
Balance, Fatigue, Falls & Brain Injury: Vestibular & Cognitive Rehab after Brain Injury
The Brain Injury Association of North Carolina presents… Vestibular & Cognitive Rehabilitation after Brain Injury! With falls being the leading cause of brain injury, learn more about balance, coordination, and movement – all of which might be altered. In addition to the physical changes – we’ll discuss the cognitive or thinking changes that can occur after injury. Have you ever experienced cognitive fatigue or know someone who does? We’ll discuss why that happens and solutions to prevent it.
Nutrition & Brain Injury: Pitfalls & Solutions
The Brain Injury Association of NC presents… “Nutrition & Brain Injury.” Nutrition is a key component to healthy rehabilitation and lifestyle, but it can be so challenging to achieve! Jamie Ritchie discusses acute brain injuries and it’s relation to nutrition, reviews barriers to optimal nutrition in brain injuries, discusses dysphagia nutrition therapy, reviews nutrition recommendations for brain injuries, and discusses the MIND diet and sample meals.
A Functional Neurologist’s Perspective on Brain Injury
Dr. Gabella is a Board Certified Functional Neurologist, a licensed Chiropractor, and Fellow of the American Board of Brain Injury and Rehabilitation. She has completed additional post-doctoral speciality training in Clinical Neuroscience, Childhood Developmental Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Vestibular Rehabilitation. She currently has her own practice in Raleigh, NC at Precision Brain Center.
Brain Injury: What Is & What Now?
The webinar, hosted by the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina, is ideal for providers, family members, support teams, and individuals with brain injury. Attendees will learn about brain, the changes that occur following injury, and potential strategies to aid in challenges affecting daily living. If you’ve seen one brain injury, you’ve seen one brain injury. Every individual with a brain injury is a person first, and deserves respect and dignity from all individuals.