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    Join Us!

    The ACRM Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group (PRNG) invites your participation. Help identify the critical rehabilitation issues this group will address, recruit colleagues in the field, or step into a leadership role as chair of a task force.

    Contact the Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group co-chairs to learn more.


    How to Participate

    Join a 2018 Workgroup!

    1. Pediatric Outcomes
      CONTACTS: Cristina Sadowsky, MD
      Beth Warnken, MOT, OTR/L
    1. Web Resources
      CONTACT: Glendaliz Bosques Mendez, MD
    1. Peer/Parent Experiences - Pediatric Rehab
      CONTACT: Shelley Dean, OTD, OTR/L
      Robbie O’Shea, PT, DPT, PHD
    1. Gender Differences in Pediatric TBI: Pre & Post Puberty
      CONTACT: Janet Niemeier, PhD, ABPP-RP, OPR
    1. Perinatal CVA
      CONTACT: Shelley Dean, OTD, OTR/L (Sathya Vadivelu)
    1. Workforce for People with Disabilities
      CONTACT: Drew Nagele, PsyD, CBIST – Workforce Investment Opportunity Act
      Source America: manages $10 billion (12% of the national budget) with mission to employ people with disabilities.
    1. PRNG Fundraising Project – T-shirts
      CONTACT:  Angela Ciccia, PhD, CCC-SLP
    1. Volunteers for Podcast Feedback
      CONTACT: Angela Ciccia, PhD, CCC-SLP

    Listen to Our Stories

    In collaboration with Case Western Reserve University, the Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group is recording a series of podcasts to highlight the personal journeys of pediatric rehabilitation professionals to inspire your own path and enhance a sense of professional community. Your host, Dr. Angela Ciccia will feature guests across various areas of specialty and delve into what drives and motivates each guest in their daily work-life. Join us!

    Listen now >>>

    ACRM 2018 Call for Proposals

    2018 ACRM Call for Proposals

    The Program Committee invites proposals focused on research evidence and its translation into clinical practice for presentation at the ACRM 2018 Annual Conference in Dallas.

    See Guidelines & Submit >>

    Executive Committee

    Angela CicciaCO-CHAIR:  Angela Hein Ciccia, PhD, CCC-SLP
    Assistant Professor
    Case Western Reserve University
    LinkedIn Profile

    Cristina SadowskyCO-CHAIR:  Cristina Sadowsky, MD
    Clinical Director International Center for Spinal Cord Injury
    Kennedy Krieger Institute
    LinkedIn Profile

    Shelley Dean
    Communications Officer: Shelley Dean, OTD, OTR/L
    Crossway Pediatric Therapy

    Robbie O'SheaCommunications Officer:  Robbie O’Shea, PT, DPT, PHD
    Professor, Governors State University
    LinkedIn Profile

    Leann KerrTechnology Networking Group Liaison: Leann N. Kerr, PT, DHS, CBIS
    Assistant Professor, Bellarmine University
    LinkedIn Profile

    Glendaliz BosquesProgram Committee Liaison: Glendaliz Bosques, MD
    Assistant Professor, University of Texas - Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)
    LinkedIn Profile

    Christina KokorelisEarly Career Networking Group Liaison: Christina Kokorelis, MD
    Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins Hospital
    LinkedIn Profile

    How to Join the Networking Group

    One of the most valuable benefits of ACRM membership is the opportunity to participate in the many interdisciplinary special interest groups (ISIG) and networking groups.



    Click the JOIN NOW button to learn more or contact Member Services at +1.703.435.5335 for personal assistance.


    Pediatric Highlights of 2017 ACRM Annual Conference


    2017 Pediatric Rehabilitation Award Lecture

    Stacy Suskauer

    Stacy Suskauer, MD
    Associate Professor
    Kennedy Krieger Institute

    The Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group is pleased to honor Stacy Suskauer, MD with the 2017 Pediatric Rehabilitation Award for her outstanding contributions to the field. Dr. Suskauer presented the award lecture, Pediatric Concussion: What Science Tells us About the Art of Management at the ACRM Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA on Thursday, 26 OCT 2017.


    Stacy Suskauer, MD, is a research scientist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is co-director of the Center for Brain Injury Recovery at the Institute and an associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Suskauer attended Duke University in Durham, North Carolina for her undergraduate and medical education. She completed a combined residency program in pediatrics and physical medicine and rehabilitation at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati. She came to Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins for a pediatric rehabilitation research fellowship and subsequently joined the faculty of these institutions in 2007.


    "Dr. Suskauer is an innovative clinician and researcher in the area of pediatric brain injury and I look forward to hearing about her recent work."


    —Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    2017 Mark Ylvisaker Memorial Pediatric Brain Injury Symposium

    Lyn Turkstra

    Lyn Turkstra

    Social Communication in Adolescents with Brain Injury: What Would Mark Do?

    Lyn Turkstra, PhD
    Professor and Assistant Dean, Speech-Language Pathology
    McMaster University

    This lecture honors the work of Dr. Mark Ylvisaker, a pioneer in rehabilitation of children and adolescents with brain injury and champion of intervention grounded in everyday life. This talk was presented at the ACRM Annual Conference in Atlanta on 26 October 2017, showing how Dr. Ylvisaker's ideas shaped current principles of rehabilitation for adolescents with brain injury, and inform intervention for all youth with cognitive and communication challenges.


    Angela Ciccia

    Angela Ciccia

    "Dr. Turkstra's work is seamlessly aligned with all that Dr. Ylvisaker advocated for in the care of those with brain injury. I am thrilled she will be speaking at this year's ACRM Conference."


    —Angela Ciccia, PhD, Case Western Reserve University



    Dr. Turkstra is Assistant Dean and Professor of Speech-Language Pathology in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, and is a speech-language pathologist by training. Her research and clinical aim is to advance knowledge and intervention for adolescents and adults with neurological communication disorders. Dr. Turkstra’s studies focus on links between cognitive function and social communication in individuals with acquired brain injury, and she collaborates on development of evidence-informed practice standards to translate research findings into improved clinical practice. Dr. Turkstra is an author on over 85 peer-reviewed publications, including evidence-based practice guidelines for intervention in acquired brain injury.


    Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa

    Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa

    "Dr. Turkstra worked with Mark Ylvisaker to change the world of social aspects of communication after TBI. Come listen to her enlightening talk about incorporating Mark’s principles into current practice."

    —Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa, PhD,  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


    Learn More About Mark Ylvisaker >>


    Jessica Jarvis2017 Pediatric Rehab Networking Group Poster Award

    Determinants of Change in Home Participation Among Critically Ill Children
    First Author: Jessica Jarvis

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