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NONSTOP Content for Pediatric Rehabilitation

Offering 4 days of high-caliber, continuous educational content for pediatric rehabilitation, the ACRM 92nd Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR) provides outstanding value for every member of the rehab team.



It starts on Tuesday, 27 OCT with a full day of in-depth Instructional Courses for pediatric rehabilitation focused on clinical practice. Separate registration required.

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3-Day CORE Conference 28 – 30 OCT

  • 34+ hours of PEDIATRIC REHABILITATION content available (46.25 continuing education hours possible)
  • PLUS NONSTOP content for 12 focus areas and dozens of cross-cutting topics spanning multiple diagnoses
  • 500+ scientific paper & poster presentations
  • CME/CEU credit in your choice of 15 disciplines—more disciplines than any other conference
  • Access to DOZENS of ACRM Meetings: interdisciplinary special interest groups, networking groups & task forces


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For a complete listing of sessions and gobs of details (including presenters, session descriptions and schedules) see the Conference APP.

The Mark Ylvisaker Memorial Pediatric Brain Injury Symposium


Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa

Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa

Ann Glang

Ann Glang

Mary Kennedy

Mary Kennedy

PRESENTERS:  Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa, PhD; Ann Glang, PhD; Mary Kennedy, PhD

Mark was a pioneer in the field of pediatric brain injury whose work emphasized practical approaches in everyday activities with emphasis on collaborations. Mark passed away in 2009. Jointly sponsored by the Brain Injury Special Interest Group (BI-ISIG) Pediatric and Adolescent Task Force and the Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group, this annual symposium will continue Mark’s influence on the field of pediatric brain injury by focusing on the values he emulated.

The goal of this symposium is to provide a forum for interaction on pediatric topic areas. In particular, focus will be on areas that Mark emphasized in his work following the mantra, “In the absence of meaningful engagement in chosen life activities, all interventions will ultimately fail.”

Symposium content will offer:

  1. Practical, real-world, everyday experiences that integrate cognition and language with a person’s environment.
  2. Innovative solutions and approaches to help children who sustain a TBI and their families become empowered.
  3. Exceptional collaborations, described by Mark as when “people are more than willing to blur professional boundaries, and respect one another and learn from one another, and address the cross disciplinary issues.”

Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group Meeting #1066

WED, 28 OCT // Open to All

Attend the ACRM Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group Meeting, enjoy a Continental breakfast, and learn about their work and the many opportunities they offer for productive networking and collaboration.

See the complete schedule of ACRM ISIG , networking group, and task force meetings and plan to join those that best align with your interests and expertise.


These must-attend symposia received the highest ratings of all submissions for pediatric rehabilitation reviewed by the 2015 Program Committee.


The Child With Severe TBI: Assessment Strategies and Recovery Trajectories #3020

PRESENTERS: Janet Niemeier, PhD, ABPP (RP); Beth Slomine, PhD, ABPP; Stacy Suskauer, MD

There is growing evidence regarding outcome after severe TBI in childhood which can be used to inform clinical care. This symposium will showcase data from two institutions, formulating an evidence base for early assessment with relevance for later outcomes. Talks will address the effect of cognitive challenges on dual task performance acutely after injury, the utility of injury severity markers for predicting recovery over the first year post-injury, and early markers of functional recovery in children with the lowest level of function after TBI and longer-term trajectories of recovery in this population.


Delivering High Quality Cancer Rehabilitation Care to Children with Hematologic/Oncologic Diagnoses: Bridging Services #3270

PRESENTERS:  Christian M. Niedzwecki, DO, MS, FAAP, FAAPM&R; Mona Shah, MD, MS, FAAP

The numbers of pediatric hematology/oncology survivors continue to increase with vast improvements in life-saving therapies. In addition to the increasing efficacy of modern treatments, functional and neurocognitive deficits are common sequelae. Research on service line efficacy in cancer patients (i.e., physical therapy, occupational therapy, and neuropsychological therapy) have been reported in both the adult and pediatric populations. In particular, acute, comprehensive, integrated inpatient rehabilitation for adults with cancer has been shown to be of significant benefit. This symposium will discuss an overview of our model of acute inpatient rehabilitation in children with hematologic/oncologic diagnoses, covering management of acute acquired brain injury in the setting of (1) a posterior fossa tumor and (2) a traumatic brain injury complicated by a congenital bleeding disorder.


The Role Of Therapy Services In The Rehabilitation Of Pediatric Patients On Ventricular Assist Devices #2957

PRESENTERS:  Robin Rae Schlosser, PT, MS, CKTP; Melissa Lusby, OT, MOT; Aubree Henton, MOT, OTR/L

The use of ventricular assist devices (VADs) is becoming increasingly prevalent within the pediatric population as a bridge to transplant and for overall recovery. The goal of this presentation is to provide an introduction and explanation of these devices, discuss maximizing quality of life and rehabilitation potential while on VAD support, and to discuss importance of interdisciplinary care throughout their course of treatment.



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Not too late to participate in Dallas! ACRM is seeking proposals for scientific poster presentations of your LATE-BREAKING RESEARCH. See submission guidelines and submit your abstract by 14 August.

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The ACRM 92nd Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR) offers NONSTOP CONTENT for brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, neurodegenerative diseases, pain, cancer and pediatric rehabilitation plus 11 additional focus areas.

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