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  2. The Core Conference and Pre-Conference agendas below highlight all content with a DIRECT focus on Pediatric Rehabilitation.





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Pediatric Rehabilitation Symposia

Search for sessions by track and see gobs of details (including presenters, session descriptions and schedules) on the Conference APP, coming soon.

FOCUS AREA ABBREVIATIONS: AN: Arts & Neuroscience, BI: Brain Injury, CAN: Cancer, CC: Cross-Cutting, CP: Clinical Practice, DI: Diagnosis Independent, GER: Geriatric Rehabilitation, INT: International, MES: Measurement, MIL: Military/VA, ND: Neurodegenerative Diseases, NP: Neuroplasticity, PAIN: Pain Rehabilitation, PED: Pediatric Rehabilitation, POL: Health Policy & Legislation, SCI: Spinal Cord Injury, ST: Stroke, TEC: Technology




  • #166 Stem Cells and Muscle Satellite Cells in Cerebral Palsy: Current State of Regenerative Therapies  PED, BI
    Sundashan Dayanidhi, Andrea Domenighetti, Richard Lieber
  • #65 New Strategies for Improving Outcomes for Juvenile Offenders With Acquired Brain Injury  BI, PED
    Drew Nagele, Kim Gorgens, Judy Dettmer
  • Mark Ylvisaker Memorial Pediatric Brain Injury Symposium: Rehabilitation Interventions for Pediatric Brain Injury: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Role of Everyday People   BI, PED
    Shari L. Wade
  • #39 Home Sweet Home: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Discharge Planning for the Pediatric Rehabilitative Patient  PED, CP
    Suzanne Messer, Lisa Leonard, Julie Jowett, Naomi Diaz Hunter, Bethany Battershell, Merissa Downey, Jessica Cruz, Matt Breiding, Jeneita Bell
  • #79 Development and Evaluation of an Interdisciplinary Inpatient Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program  PED, PAIN
    Sara Williams, David Pruitt, Andrew Collins, John Rose, Abigail John, Emily Deet, Nicole Milhauser
  • #244 Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES): On the Road to Personalized Intervention  TEC, CP, PED, ST
    Gad Alon



Lawrence Vogel, MD

Lawrence Vogel, MD

2016 Pediatric Rehabilitation Award Lecture
Lawrence C. Vogel, MD

Dr. Vogel is the recipient of the 2016 Pediatric Rehabilitation Award and will present the inaugural award lecture, Long-Term Outcomes of Pediatric-Onset SCI.

Dr. Vogel has been the Chief of Pediatrics at the Chicago Shriners Hospitals for Children since 1981 and the Medical Director of the Spinal Cord Injury program since its inception in 1983.

Over the past 3 decades, Dr. Vogel has dedicated his time to the care of children and adolescents with spinal cord injuries. A major interest of Dr. Vogel’s is long-term follow up of children and adolescents with spinal cord injuries. Over the past decade, he has been the principal investigator of a grant studying the psychological, educational, vocational and sexual adjustment of patients with spinal cord injuries and their families. In addition, he has investigated long-term use of various braces for ambulation for children with spinal cord injuries and medical complications and psychosocial outcomes of children and adolescents with spinal cord injuries.


  • #180 Is it Arthogryposis? Medical Evaluation, Surgical Considerations, and Rehabilitative Interventions for Children With Multiple Congenital Contracture Syndrome  PED, CP
    Glendaliz Bosques



  • #145 The Impact of Concussion on Vision, Balance, and Vestibular Function  BI, PED
    Drew Davis, Katherine Weise, Jennifer Christy
  • #141 Supporting Lifelong Health-Related Fitness and Physical Activity Among Individuals With Cerebral Palsy  ND, PED 
    Mark Peterson, Jan Willem Gorter, Patrick McPhee
  • #664 The Effect of Interdisciplinary Intervention on Feeding and Oral Aversion after Neglect: A Case Study  PED, CP
    Danielle Erdman, Lindsie Coleman, Richard Kelly

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Cross-Cutting Featured Sessions


#865 Featured Session for Funding


Alison Cernich

Alison Cernich

John Tschida

John Tschida

Teresa L. Brininger

Teresa L. Brininger

With NCMRR Director, Alison Cernich; NIDILRR Director, John Tschida; and CRMRP Director, Teresa Brininger

Every year there are changes in Washington that could affect your research agenda. Come and hear the latest from the directors of the top rehabilitation research funding agencies in the USA. Read More >>


#863 Featured Session: Fitness Training and the Brain


Art Kramer

Arthur F. Kramer

With Arthur F. Kramer, Senior Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education and a Professor of Psychology & Engineering at Northeastern University

This presentation will cover what we currently know, from animal studies, epidemiological studies, and human randomized controlled trials about the relationship between physical activity and exercise and cognitive and brain health across the lifespan. Dr. Kramer will also focus on gaps in our knowledge and how we might go about filling these knowledge gaps.




Sponsored Breakfast Lecture:

Detection, Diagnosis and Treatment of Pseudobulbar Affect

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Is it depression or something else? Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA) occurs secondary to a variety of otherwise unrelated
neurologic conditions, and is characterized by involuntary, sudden, and frequent episodes of laughing and/or crying.

Sign-up today and plan to attend this informative, non-CE, therapeutic update sponsored by ACRM exhibitor, Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Breakfast will be provided.



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Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group Meeting

FRI 4 NOV // 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

All attendees interested in PEDIATRIC REHABILITATION are invited and encouraged to attend this meeting to learn more about this important group, their projects and goals, and ways to participate.


BI-ISIG Pediatric & Adolescent Task Force Meeting

WED 2 NOV // 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

The Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (BI-ISIG) welcomes all attendees interested in pediatric and adolescent brain injury rehabilitation to join their task force meeting and get involved.


ACRM Membership Meeting

THU 3 NOV // 6:15 PM – 7:00 PM

Open to all attendees, the annual ACRM Membership Meeting is a great place to learn more about the work of ACRM, meet the leadership, and get involved.


See the complete schedule of ACRM ISIG , networking group, and task force meetings and plan to join those that best align with your interest and expertise. *Many meetings are still being scheduled. Please check back often for the latest details.


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WORLD PASS bundle of conference favorites at one LOW price

If you plan to attend the CORE Conference and at least ONE pre-conference instructional course, the best registration value is the WORLD PASS. SAVE nearly 50% OFF a la carte pricing!

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It all begins on Sunday, 30 OCT with 3 days of in-depth Instructional Courses. Choose half-day or full-day courses with or without registration to the Core Conference. Or choose the two-day Cognitive Rehabilitation Training or ACBIS Training Course described below. All Pre-Conference Instructional Courses and specialized workshops include continuing education credit. Separate registration is required.


Instructional Courses

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If you plan to attend the CORE Conference and at least one Pre-Conference instructional course, the Lotus-purple_button_138x20 WORLD PASS is the BEST VALUE. Compare pricing here >>


CLICK to View the 2016 ACRM Pre-Conference Program

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Instructional Course for Pediatric Rehabilitation

FOCUS AREA ABBREVIATIONS: AN: Arts & Neuroscience, BI: Brain Injury, CAN: Cancer, CC: Cross-Cutting, CP: Clinical Practice, DI: Diagnosis Independent, GER: Geriatric Rehabilitation, INT: International, MES: Measurement, MIL: Military/VA, ND: Neurodegenerative Diseases, NP: Neuroplasticity, PAIN: Pain Rehabilitation, PED: Pediatric Rehabilitation, POL: Health Policy & Legislation, SCI: Spinal Cord Injury, ST: Stroke, TEC: Technology



#48 Skeletal Muscle Design and Plasticity  PED, BI
Richard Lieber





#868 Cognitive Rehabilitation Training

MON & TUE 31 OCT – 1 NOV


Donna Langenbahn, PhD, FACRM

Donna Langenbahn, PhD, FACRM, Rusk Rehabilitation

Angela Yi

Angela Yi, PhD, Sports Concussion Institute

Deirdre Dawson

Deirdre Dawson, PhD, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Health Sciences

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Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual ($150 value)

Based on the ACRM Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual: Translating Evidence-Based Recommendations into Practice, this introductory course teaches step-by-step procedures for all evidence-based interventions for executive functions, memory, attention, hemispatial neglect, social communication. Manual included ($150 value).


  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech-language professionals
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Physicians
  • RN/Rehab Nurses
  • Disability management specialists
  • Caregivers of individuals with brain injury
  • ALL rehabilitation professionals who need to know the latest evidence-based interventions for cognitive impairment


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“I feel like this training gives me a game plan and a
strategy to start developing my treatment plans.
I know where to start with each of my patients
and I feel more confident and assured that the
treatment I’m providing is evidence-based.”

— Zachary Bayer, MA, ACRM Cognitive Rehabilitation Training Attendee



# 847 ACBIS Training Course

MON & TUE 31 OCT – 1 NOV

Drew Nagele

Drew Nagele

Heidi Reyst

Heidi Reyst

Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner

Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner

The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) provides the opportunity to learn important information about brain injury, to demonstrate learning in a written examination, and to earn a nationally recognized credential.

The official ACBIS training is offered to prepare both direct care staff and professionals working in brain injury services to sit for the certification exam. It is intended for paraprofessionals and professionals at all levels who want a strong foundation in the best practices in brain injury rehabilitation.


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RIC Lecture & Tour

Joanne C. Smith, MD

Joanne C. Smith, MD, RIC President & CEO

#843 Re-Imagining Rehabilitation Care and Research at AbilityLab: The Future of RIC


Participants will independently commute to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at 345 E Superior Street (2 miles from the Hilton) to learn about a new approach to clinical research and patient care that informed the design of the new research hospital, AbilityLab, scheduled to open in March 2017. By literally breaking down the walls between science and clinical care, RIC is making a $550 million investment to change the way research is conducted, accelerate clinical breakthroughs, and improve patient outcomes.

Hear directly from the researchers and clinicians who built this advanced knowledge translation concept over the past 7 years, and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Joanne C. Smith, who will discuss how these innovations are being adopted in the new hospital. Participants will have the opportunity to tour the AbilityLab prototype on the 9th floor of RIC.


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*Although significant changes are not anticipated, all schedules, sessions, and presenters posted on this website are subject to change.