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Our mission is to facilitate meaningful interdisciplinary work that enhances the lives of children and adolescents with functional limitations. The collaborative work of the PRNG members is meant to help develop well-defined interventions and outcomes, prevent further impairment, reduce activity limitations, and minimize participation restrictions while maximizing growth and development of each child/adolescent served within the family, school, and community.
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.
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All conference attendees are automatically ACRM members. Non-members receive a 6-month introductory ACRM membership automatically with registration. Put your member benefits to work right away—join an ACRM community group and attend a community group or task force meeting! PLEASE NOTE: Dates and times are subject to change. Please check the Online Program for the most up-to-date information.
Thursday 7 NOV
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
- Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group Annual Meeting (open for ALL to attend)
Location: 4M, 4th Floor
Communications Officer: Shelley Dean, OTD, OTR/L
Crossway Pediatric Therapy
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Pediatric Rehabilitative Outcomes Task Force
Documenting meaningful functional outcomes in pediatric rehabilitation is challenging and, frequently, disease specific. Long term follow up is challenging, given the multitude of scales and measuring tools, their reliability and validity, age and diagnosis specificity. This task force’s main goal is to create a comprehensive list of validated outcomes, disease and age specific and propose a streamlined approach for long term functional follow up.
Proposed steps in the process:
- Comprehensive review of evidence based literature looking at existing disease and function specific outcomes
- Critical analysis and streamlining of those outcomes that are robust enough to apply longitudinally over time and across diagnosis
Technology in Pediatric Populations With Disabilities Task Force
CHAIR: Gloria Vergara-Diaz
Technology is developing at an extremely rapid pace. There is an opportunity to leverage this technology to improve patient care as long as we understand the capabilities and limitations of the available technology and identify patient needs. This task force was put in place for a specific purpose: to maximize the therapeutic potential of technology in pediatric populations with disabilities.
The mission of the task force is to facilitate the development and integration of technology in the assessment of functions and symptoms as well as in the delivery of therapeutic interventions in pediatric populations with disability. To that end, the group will first develop a list of priority areas within which technology could have a significant impact. We will then review the currently available scientific evidence and identify knowledge gaps as well as present challenges and opportunities on how to use the technology.
Web Resources Work Group
CONTACT: Glendaliz Bosques Mendez, MD
Peer/Parent Experiences Work Group – Pediatric Rehab
Gender Differences in Pediatric TBI: Pre & Post Puberty Work Group
CONTACT: Janet Niemeier, PhD, ABPP-RP, OPR
Perinatal CVA Work Group
CONTACT: Shelley Dean, OTD, OTR/L (Sathya Vadivelu)
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.
PRNG Fundraising Project Work Group – T-shirts
CONTACT: Angela Ciccia, PhD, CCC-SLP
Volunteers for Podcast Feedback
CONTACT: Angela Ciccia, PhD, CCC-SLP
Stroke-ISIG Pediatric Stroke Task Force
CONTACT: Task Force Co-Chairs
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!
PRNG member, Sathya Vadivelu, has a goal to build programs based on the needs of her local community that are not only sustainable, but also inspire others to set new standards in patient care. She has been inspired by many people and programs during her training and hopes her work will be an inspiration to others.
Adam Kirton, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical Neuroscience
University of Calgary
The Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group is pleased to recognize Adam Kirton, MD, with the 2019 Pediatric Rehabilitation Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of pediatric rehabilitation.
Dr. Kirton is Professor of Pediatrics, Radiology, and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary and an attending Pediatric Neurologist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. His research focuses on applying technologies including non-invasive brain stimulation and neuroimaging to measure and modulate the response of the developing brain to early injury to generate new therapies. Dr. Kirton directs the Calgary Pediatric Stroke Program, Alberta Perinatal Stroke Project, ACH Pediatric Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Laboratory and University of Calgary Noninvasive Neurostimulation Network (N3). He will present an award lecture during the ACRM 2019 Conference on modulating developmental plasticity toward better outcomes from perinatal stroke.
2018 Pediatric Rehabilitation Award Lecture
Benjamin Greenberg, MD, MHS
Distinguished Teaching Professor
UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas
Dr. Greenberg presented the award lecture New Perspective in Pediatric Onset Myelitis at the 2018 ACRM Annual Conference in Dallas, TX.
2017 Pediatric Rehabilitation Award Lecture
Stacy Suskauer, MD
Kennedy Krieger Institute
Dr. Suskauer presented the award lecture Pediatric Concussion: What Science Tells us About the Art of Management at the 2017 ACRM Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA.
2016 Inaugural Award Recipient
Lawrence C. Vogel, MD
Chief of Pediatrics, Medical Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program
Chicago Shriners Hospitals for Children
Dr. Vogel was the inaugural recipient of the Pediatric Rehabilitation Award and presented the lecture Long-Term Outcomes of Pediatric-Onset SCI, to a standing-room-only audience.
2017 Pediatric Rehab Networking Group Poster Award
Determinants of Change in Home Participation Among Critically Ill Children
First Author: Jessica Jarvis
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