Education and Rehabilitation: Maintaining Continuity Through Rehabilitation to School Re-Entry
Monday, March 13, 2023
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST; 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST;
10:00 am – 11:00 am MST; 9:00 am – 10:00 am PST
Debbie South, MEd
Jodi Krause, MA, CBIS
Emily Frank, CBIS
Stephanie Volker, MS, CCC-SLP
Debbie South is a School Liaison Specialist with the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and a member of the multidisciplinary team in the Complex Brain Health and Wellness Clinic. For the past nine years, she has provided support and recommendations to families and school teams when planning patients’ return to school after hospitalization with inpatient rehabilitation. Prior to her liaison position with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Debbie taught science for 22 years in both the private and public school settings.
Debbie received both her undergraduate and master’s degrees in education from Xavier University, with a graduate certification from George Washington University in Brain Injury and Transition Services. She is currently obtaining her certificate as a Brain Injury Specialist through Brain Injury Association of America.
Bringing experience from teaching in both public and private schools, Jodi Krause joined Children’s Hospital Colorado in 2010 as a Learning Specialist in the Learning Services Clinic, where she provided educational evaluations and therapy for students with developmental reading disabilities. In 2011, she transitioned to the inpatient teaching team.
Collaborating with a rehab psychology colleague, Jodi created a new model for education on the rehabilitation unit. In 2012, they launched a multidisciplinary classroom experience to improve the return to school process for patients, families, and school teams. In 2017, she transitioned into her current role, where she sees patients in the Acquired Brain Injury Clinic alongside physicians, psychologists, and other members of the therapy team.
Emily Frank currently serves as the Inpatient School Specialist for Rehabilitation at Children’s Hospital Colorado, bringing to the role her prior experience teaching in both public and charter schools. She leads a daily school group for the rehabilitation patients and supports the return to school process for patients, families, and school teams.
Emily joined Children’s Hospital Colorado team in 2018, gaining valuable training and experience working in the rehabilitation classroom. She developed an understanding of the learning needs of children with brain injuries and the long-term impact on their return to school. She provided education support for children with rehabilitation needs as well as those served in the Center for Cancer Care and Blood Disorders Specialty areas. In 2021, she transitioned into her current role as the Inpatient School Specialist for Rehab and took over the inpatient classroom.
Stephanie Volker is speech/language pathologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in the Division of Speech Language Pathology, specializing in providing cognitive-communication rehabilitation to children and adolescents with impairments due to acquired brain injury (ABI) or chronic conditions.
Stephanie was instrumental in creating and developing Cincinnati Children’s Outpatient Neuro-rehabilitation Team: a family-centered, collaborative, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation program for children and adolescents who have sustained an ABI. She serves as an expert clinical leader and mentor to clinicians on her teams. Stephanie lectures on a variety of topics related to ABI and cognitive-communication rehabilitation for the adult and pediatric populations at the local, state, and national levels.
Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology at Miami University in 1994 and 1995 respectively, and achieved Certified Brain Injury Specialist Certification in 2005.
Objectives: At the end of this session, the learner will:
- Understand key stakeholder perspectives regarding the school re-entry process for students with acquired brain injuries;
- Review models, approaches, processes, and protocols of 2 different multidisciplinary rehab school programs in pediatric institutions (inpatient and outpatient);
- Identify practical strategies for rehab professionals when interfacing with school districts/education partners; and
- Discuss the importance of ongoing collaboration among stakeholders and with other institutions to support all children to ensure the best outcomes following an acquired brain injury.
Audience: This webinar is intended for all members of the rehabilitation team, including medical staff, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, licensed psychologists, mental health professionals, and other interested professionals.
Certificate of Attendance: Certificates of attendance are available for all attendees. No CEs are provided for this course.
Registration: Registration is complimentary for members of IPRC/RCPA. Registration fee for non-members is $179. Not a member yet? Consider joining today. Multiple registrations per organization are permitted.