Last Thursday, approximately 160 people, including caregivers, family members and health professionals, attended Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts 2012 Pediatric Brain Injury Conference for a day of education and networking. Participants spent the day learning about the effects of brain injury in pediatrics through a series of workshops and presentations.
The conference, which was sponsored by Fletcher Tilton PC, New England Pediatric Care, May Institute and Northeast Clinical Services, Inc., was held at the Best Western Royal Plaza in Marlborough, Mass. Doug I. Katz, MD gave the keynote address, “Pharmacologic Interventions for Cognitive Problems” and Greg Parkinson, MD and Sandra Parkinson, PT gave the plenary address “A New Normal: Reinventing Yourself After a Head Injury.”
Participants could choose to attend a number of workshops on a variety of topics, including service animals, bracing for children with brain injury, trends in gait training, vestibular disorders and epilepsy. One of the workshops, Survivor Perspectives, offered participants the chance to hear three high-school-aged brain injury survivors’ stories and how their injuries had affected their lives and families.