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Mark Ylvisaker Memorial Pediatric Brain Injury Symposium

Mark Ylvisaker Memorial Pediatric Brain Injury Symposium

Mark YlvisakerIn 2015, the BI-ISIG Pediatric-Adolescent Brain Injury Task Force, with support from the ACRM Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group, started a Memorial Symposium to honor the work of Mark Ylvisaker, PhD and perpetuate his message.

Dr. Ylvisaker gained worldwide distinction over the course of his 35-year career for his ground-breaking approaches to brain injury rehabilitation and his clinical work with children and adolescents with disabilities. He assisted programs in all 50 states and more than 15 countries in the development of innovative services. He was renowned for his boundless optimism and passionate commitment to his work and the people he supported, and for his unique ability to help individuals with disabilities, families, and professionals overcome barriers and achieve success in life.

Dr. Ylvisaker authored more than 100 professional publications, including six books, related to brain injury, autism, and neurogenic disabilities and served on the editorial boards of six journals. He was the recipient of many awards for his life’s work, including, a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Brain Injury Association of America and the prestigious Frank R. Keffner National Lifetime Clinical Career Award from the American Speech Language and Hearing Foundation.

His tireless dedication to the well-being of others and the power of his positive personality helped change untold lives for the better. Dr. Ylvisaker pushed his colleagues to think about the person, their motivation, and surroundings, based on the work of Lev Vygotsky who theorized that children’s cognitive functions emerged as a result of practical activity in a social environment. He showed how clinical experience is a laboratory for research.

Dr. Ylvisaker passed away in 2009. Through this annual symposium focused on the values he emulated, the BI-ISIG hopes to continue his influence.


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2016 Mark Ylvisaker Memorial Pediatric Brain Injury Symposium

2016 – Rehabilitation Interventions for Pediatric Brain Injury: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Role of Everyday People
WED, 2 NOV // 2:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Shari WadeShari L. Wade, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Director of Research, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

This talk will focus on the emerging evidence base for rehabilitation interventions for pediatric brain injury including the growing evidence supporting the efficacy of problem-solving and parenting-skills interventions. Emphasis will be placed on the quality of existing evidence, challenges and opportunities for advancing pediatric TBI intervention research including using novel trial designs to address heterogeneity within the population. Consideration will also be given to how TBI interventions can incorporate “everyday people” such as parents and teachers into their design and implementation.

Dr. Wade is a pediatric rehabilitation psychologist and professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and has investigated social environmental predictors of recovery from childhood traumatic brain injury for more than 25 years. She recently developed and tested web-based problem-solving and parenting skills interventions to facilitate child and family adaptation post injury. She is particularly interested in supporting the translation of empirically-based treatment strategies into the standard clinical care. Dr. Wade’s research has resulted in more than 140 peer-reviewed publications and she the inaugural recipient of the Jane Gillett Award from the International Pediatric Brain Injury Society.

2015 – Inaugural Mark Ylvisaker Memorial Pediatric Brain Injury Symposium
Presenters:  Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa, PhD; Ann Glang, PhD; Mary Kennedy, PhD