Applying the CDC Guidelines for Effective Care of Children following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury


In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a series of 19 recommendations and sub-guidelines for the care of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in children. These recommendations focus on four main categories: prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, and management. In this talk, we will review the CDC recommendations and discuss strategies for applying the guidelines to create maximally effective care models for pediatric populations with mild TBI. 


MEET — Dr. Jessica Brown, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Jessica Brown is an assistant professor in the department of Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and both her M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Dr. Brown runs the Cognitive Communication Brain Lab at the University of Arizona. She currently serves on the Executive Board for the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona and chairs national committees for both the American Speech Language Hearing Association and the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences. She is also a member of the mild traumatic brain injury task force for the American Congress of Rehabilitative Medicine and serves in various capacities for other professional and service-based organizations. Her research, teaching, and clinical interests focus on developing ecologically-valid assessments; creating Return-to-Learn practices; evaluating augmentative supports and strategies; and examining visual and cognitive abilities to improve functional outcomes for individuals with moderate-severe traumatic brain injury, concussion, stroke, and ALS.


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