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Special Morning Session With Montel Williams #1143

Morning Session with Montel Williams

ACRM is delighted to announce that Montel Williams will participate in the ACRM Annual Conference on Friday, 4 November at 7:00 AM. He will discuss his life, work and experiences dealing with multiple sclerosis with Dr. Jonathan Sackier, Chief Medical Officer of Helius Medical Technologies.

Helius is developing the investigational medical device, the PoNS™ (Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator), and Mr. Williams has supported the need for the PoNS™ to address unmet medical needs. The PoNS™ is currently undergoing clinical trials to seek FDA clearance for commercial distribution. Helius is generously sponsoring the ACRM conference and supporting this session. Learn More >>


John Stanley Coulter AwardPLENARY III 2016 John Stanley Coulter Award Lecture

Alan Jette

Alan Jette, PT, PhD, MPH

How Rehabilitation Can Thrive in a Challenging Healthcare Environment #928

Alan Jette, PT, PhD, MPH, professor of health law, policy and management, Boston University School of Public Health; professor of rehabilitation sciences at the MGH Institute of Health Professions; and editor-in-chief of Physical Therapy

While evidence-based practice is firmly entrenched in rehabilitation, how to translate evidence into clinical practice is unsettled. While major gaps in scientific knowledge exist, an enormous amount of scientific knowledge remains unused in practice. The transfer of evidence into patient care is unpredictable, highly variable, and needs to be accelerated. Dr. Jette will discuss strategies for moving rehabilitation from innovation dissemination to actual implementation and will review several considerations guiding the choice of implementation strategy. Learn More >>



Get the ACRM Conference AppOn Friday, from 7:00 AM – 2:30 PM, choose from 60 symposia from 15 focus area tracks. Download the free Conference App to search symposia by title, ID#, presenter, track, day, or key word and read full descriptions including presenter details and more. Here are a few of today’s highlights …


Let’s Think: Conceptualizations of Cognitive Rehabilitation #866

Featuring: Keith Cicerone, Deirdre Dawson and McKay Moore Sohlberg

Keith Cicerone

Keith Cicerone

Deirdre Dawson

Deirdre Dawson

McKay Sohlberg

McKay Sohlberg

This Special Symposium will address the concept of “contextualization” as it relates to cognitive rehabilitation. This concept is derived from the Institute of Medicine Report on Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury that identified  Contextualized and Decontextualized Treatments according to the degree to which they take place in the real world or use materials and tasks from the patient’s everyday life. This concept has implications for the design of interventions, selection of candidates, identification of effective ingredients (e.g., errorfull versus errorless learning), reliance on insight and self-awareness, and assumptions underlying the transfer and generalization of interventions. This concept also requires an understanding of the therapist’s active involvement and role in making explicit the relation of the intervention (especially the patient’s awareness of deficits and use of compensatory strategies) to the patient’s real-life functioning and active promotion of generalization (e.g. through multiple exemplars of strategy use). The conceptualization of cognitive rehabilitation will be explored in relation to assumptions underlying a contextualized, quasi-contextualized and fully contextualized forms of intervention. Learn More >>


Anastasia Raymer

Anastasia Raymer

Restoration vs. Compensation in Neurobehavioral Treatments: Aphasia and Neglect #872

with A.M. Barrett, MD and Anastasia Raymer, PhD, CCC-SLP

In this session, we will consider contrasting neurorehabilitation approaches to aphasia and hemispatial neglect. These will include restorative treatment approaches intended to enhance recovery in a manner compatible with the normal processes engaged in language and spatial attention. Alternatively, some advocate the use of compensatory strategies to address neurobehavioral disorders, allowing individuals to incorporate remaining intact cognitive abilities or environmental manipulations to support communication and navigate in space.

A.M. Barrett

A.M. Barrett

The seminar will take an evidence-based approach, reviewing the most recent empirical evidence supporting the effects of the variety of treatments available for individuals with stroke-induced aphasia and neglect. Staging of treatments will evolve with the timing of recovery, suggesting that both types of approaches have an important role to play in neurorehabilitation. Learn More >>


Music, Movement + the Mind in Rehabilitation#998

Featuring Ron Hirschberg, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Harvard Medical School; and Brian Harris, MA, MT-BC, NMT/F, Neurologic Music Therapist, MedRhythms, Inc., Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

With Special Guests BEN FOLDS & PAMELA QUINN

In celebration of the newly formed ACRM Arts & Neuroscience Group and to showcase emerging data on music and rhythm on healing, ACRM is proud to announce this unique and fascinating session.

Not your ordinary educational session … This will be a multidisciplinary demonstration and lecture with one of the major music influencers of our generation, Ben Folds, and Pamela Quinn, a professional dancer who has had Parkinson’s disease for nearly 20 years. Learn More >>



Mark D'Esposito

Mark D’Esposito

How Can We Develop Treatments for Cognitive Deficits? #864

Featuring Mark D’ Esposito, MD, Professor and Director of the Henry H. Wheeler Jr. Brain Imaging Center at the University of California, Berkeley.

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