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40th Annual Neurorehabilitation Conference

Join Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Braintree for its 40th Annual Neurorehabilitation Conference on Nov. 16 – 17, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Attendees will be part of one of the original conferences for professionals and students dedicated to the treatment of traumatic brain injury, stroke, as well as, a special track this year on neuromuscular disorders, such as Guillian Barre. The conference committee works with researchers and clinicians to develop a program that provides the most innovative treatment strategies designed to improve patient outcomes. With over 20 tracks, professionals and students can find sessions that directly correlate with their specialty and areas of interest.

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40th Annual Nerurorehabilitation Conference, November 16-17, 2019

Conference Attendee Information

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about traumatic brain injury, stroke and neurologic disorders from experts in the rehabilitation field. Explore below what you will learn in your chosen sessions, how you can receive CEU credits and more about the topics to be presented. We look forward to seeing you in Boston in November!  

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Goals and Objectives

At the conclusion of this conference, learners will be able to:

  • State three primary assumptions that guide PACE therapy.
  • Identify and define common ophthalmic terms in relation to acquired brain injury.
  • Identify components of an evidence-based, practical high-yield vision screening protocol for rehabilitation professionals in relation to acquired brain injury.
  • Explain the cognitive and behavioral impairments following critical illness
  • Identify the presentation of critical illness neuropathy myopathy.
  • Describe the pathophysiology, diagnostic criteria, clinical variants, and medical management of GBS.
  • Describe the diagnosis, general management and general prognosis of patients with common neuromuscular disorders that may warrant neurorehabilitation.
  • Identify specific screening measures used in functional cognitive assessment.
  • Describe the cognitive functional evaluation framework.
  • Describe the development of the Clinical Practice Guideline for Orthotics and Neuro-prosthetics.
  • Identify the regions of the cerebellum and describe the various functions of each anatomical area.
  • Describe the motor and non-motor deficits associated with various types of cerebellar disease.
  • Discuss then role of the Executive Function Performance Test-enhanced within the cognitive functional evaluation framework.
  • Apply knowledge related to Executive Function Performance Test-enhanced administration with a client upon course completion.
  • Explain three evidence based/science supported best practices nursing care and interventions for individuals with stroke.
  • List three signs and symptoms of lower motor neuron disease found in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
  • Identify the physiologic changes that occur post tracheotomy placement.
  • Describe the steps in conducting a comprehensive clinical swallowing evaluation with the tracheostomized patient.
  • Explain how different classes of medications can cause significant side effects and/or dysphagia complications that could elevate a person’s risk for negative sequela.
  • Formulate an understanding of healthcare delivery from the patient/family perspective.
  • Describe strategies for addressing the behavioral aspects of neurologic versus functional depression.
  • Describe different forms of non-invasive brain stimulation and their application in neurologic rehabilitation.
  • Identify the primary components of treatment for patients with chronic dizziness or PPPD.

Continuing Education Credits

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Conference Evaluation/Certificate 

Certificates of attendance for up to 11.75 contact hours will be awarded to participants who complete and submit the on-line evaluation forms.  

Physicians - Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Braintree is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.  

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Braintree designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

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This program is offered for up to 1.15 ASHA CEUs (intermediate level, professional area). 

Psychologists - Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Braintree is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Braintree maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Credits are earned on an individual session basis. 11.75 credit hours will be awarded for the entire conference.

Nursing - Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Braintree is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc., an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

PT/OT - Physical therapists and occupational therapists will receive a CE certificate for up to 11.75 contact hours. Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Braintree is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education.

For continuing education credit information for social workers, case managers and others, please contact Education Coordinator, Ellen Spiegel, or call 781.348.3827 with any questions.

Conference Rates Table

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July 1 - 
Sept. 30



Oct. 1 -


Nov. 16-17

 Student - student I.D. required   $225   $250   $300
 Day registration   $275   $300   $350
 Full registration   $450   $525   $575
 Encompass Health employee   $350   $425   $475
 Group Rate - Three (3) or more from same facility (MUST register at the same time)             $400   $475   $525
 Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Braintree Employee  No charge  No charge  No charge

Hotel Info

The Hyatt Regency Cambridge is located approximately 5.5 miles from Logan International Airport, easily accessible by taxi or public transportation.

A limited number of guest rooms are available until October 18, 2019 at the significantly discounted rate of $219 single/double.

Please BOOK EARLY as these rooms will sell out fast.

Click here for hotel reservations or contact reservations directly at 1 888-421-1442.  Mention Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Braintree's 40th Annual Neurorehabilitation Conference to get the discounted room rate.

Conference agenda and handouts

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Friday, November 15, 2019
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Early Check-In/Registration (optional)  
Saturday, November 16, 2019
7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Check-In/Registration/Exhibits  
8:00 - 8:10 a.m. Welcome/Overview  
Douglas Katz, M.D.  
8:10 - 9:10 a.m. OPENING KEYNOTE  
Cerebellar Control of Movement, Cognition and Emotion: Implications for the Assessment and Management of Patients with Cerebellar Injury and Disease  
  Jeremy Schmahmann, M.D., FAAN, FANA, FANPA   Handout not available
9:15 - 10:45 a.m. MORNING PLENARIES - A (Choice of 1 Session only)  
  A1 Beyond the Balancing Act: Diagnosis and Management of Patients with Multidimensional Deficits Associated with Cerebellar Disease  
  Jeremy Schmahmann, M.D., FAAN, FANA, FANPA; Stacey Sullivan, MS, CCC-SLP Handout not available
  A2 Cerebellar Contributions to Sensorimotor Function and Learning  
  Amanda Therrien, Ph.D. A2 handout
10:45 - 11:00 a.m. BREAK WITH EXHIBITOR  
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. MORNING PLENARIES - B (Choice of 1 Session only)  
  B1 How Neuroimaging and Neuromodulation Can Inform Your Rehabilitation Plan Now  
  Teresa Jacobson Kimberly, Ph.D., PT B1 handout
  B2 Neuromuscular Disorders Primer  
  K.H. Vincent Lau, M.D. B2 handout
  B3 Principles of Functional Cognitive Assessment  
  Timothy Wolf, OTD, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA; Anna Boone, MSOT, Ph.D., OTR/L, CBIS B3 handout
  B4 PACE Yourselves-Another Look at Promoting Aphasia Communication Effectiveness  
  Thomas Sather, Ph.D., CCC-SLP B4 handout
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. BOXED LUNCH PROVIDED  
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. CLINICAL PRACTICE SESSIONS - C (Choice of 1 Session only)  
  C1 Clinical Management of Guillain Barre Syndrome Across the Continuum of Care  
  Laura Plummer, PT, DPT, MS, NCS; Lisa Brown, PT, DPT, NCS C1 handout
  C2 Motor and Cognitive Neurorehabilitation: Using Diagnosis and Prognosis in Treatment Planning  
  Douglas Katz, M.D.; Brigid Dwyer, M.D. C2 handout
  C3 Indications for and Use of the Executive Function Performance Test-Enhanced  
  Anna Boone, MSOT, Ph.D., OTR/L, CBIS; Timothy Wolf, OTD, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA C3 handout
  C4 Applying the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia Across the Continuum of Care  
  Thomas Sather, Ph.D., CCC-SLP C4 handout
3:00 - 3:15 p.m. BREAK WITH EXHIBITORS  
3:15 - 4:30 p.m. CLINICAL PRACTICE SESSIONS - D (Choice of 1 Session only)  
  D1 Critical Illness: A Critical Diagnosis for Rehabilitation Professionals  
  Richard Senelick, M.D. D1 handout
  D2 Vestibular Rehabilitation: Help for Patients with Visual Vertigo Associated with Chronic or Complex Dizziness  
  Kathy Joy, PT, MBA D2 handout
  D3 Can we Improve Rehabilitation for People with Ataxia?  
  Jennifer Keller, PT, MS   D3 handout
  D4 Evidence Based Management of Vision Deficits Following Acquired Brain Injury  
  Neera Kapoor, OD, MS D4 handout
4:35 - 5:35 p.m. SPECIAL PLENARY  
  Post-Stroke Depression  
  David Bullis, Ph.D. Special plenary
Sunday, November 17, 2019
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. COFFEE/EXHIBITORS  
8:45 - 10:15 a.m. CLINICAL PRACTICE SESSIONS - E (Choice of 1 Session only)  
  E1 Is There a Correct Dose of Rehab?  
  Richard Senelick, M.D. E1 handout
  E2 Medications: Drug-Induced Dysphagia Complications and Potential Treatments  
  Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S E2 handout
  E3 Neuro Assessment for Nurses  
  Vince Vacca, RN, MSN E3 handout
  E4 Assistive Technology for People with Neurodegenerative Disorders: Clinical Assessment, Intervention, and Accessibility Considerations  
  Alexander Burnham, MS, CCC-SLP, MSCS E4 handout
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. BREAK WITH EXHIBITORS  
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CLINICAL PRACTICE SESSIONS - F (Choice of 1 Session only)  
  F1 Clinical Application of AFO and FES for Foot Drop in Individuals Post-Stroke  
  Therese Johnston, PT, Ph.D., MBA; Lisa Brown, PT, DPT, NCS F1 handout
  F2 Communication and Swallowing with the Tracheostomized Patient  
  Melissa Simonian, M.Ed., CCC-SLP F2 handout
  F3 Nursing Care and Considerations of Patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)  
  Vince Vacca, RN, MSN F3 handout
  F4 Seating and Positioning for Success: Getting the Right Fit for the Neurologic Client  
  Katherine Bendix, PT, ATP F4 handout
12:10 - 1:10 p.m. CLOSING KEYNOTE  
  Lessons Learned through the Eyes of a Patient  
  Peter Mantegazza, MBA not available

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