RST CE Seminars

8th Virtual Grand Rounds - Efficacy of Assistive Technology for Cognitive Disabilities and Polytrauma: A Review of Current Outcomes

Recorded on March 17, 2011

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Michelle L. Sporner, MS, CRC

Michelle is an instructor of Rehabilitation Science in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. She teaches in the University of Pittsburgh MS program in Rehabilitation Counseling. Her research activities have focused on cognitive assistive technology and brain injury and other cognitive disabilities, particularly in military veteran populations. She is also a doctoral candidate in Rehabilitation Science with a focus on psychosocial implications of disability at the University of Pittsburgh while evaluating cognitive rehabilitation administered through a telerehabilitation portal.

Ms. Sporner is the Program Co-Coordinator of a Cognitive Skills Enhancement Program. Her clinical work has focused on applied cognitive rehabilitation strategies to improve everyday function and employment outcomes in adults and in transition-age students with cognitive disability. A focus of this cognitive program also emphasizes the use of learning and other cognitive technologies to enhance rehabilitation outcomes.

Ms. Sporner received her MS in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with a concentration in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. She completed her clinical internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center working with service members with traumatic brain injury and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.

Note: Faculty for this activity have been required to disclose all relationships with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of nonprofit or government organizations and non-healthcare related companies.

* No conflicts have been disclosed.

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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and polytrauma result in a wide range of cognitive deficits, neurobehavioral and emotional difficulties, and sensory disruptions and somatic symptoms that may impact individual's ability to successfully reintegrate into society. There is substantial evidence that suggests the use of assistive technologies results in functional performance and community participation improvements for those with TBI and other cognitive disabilities.

This presentation will include an overview of different types of technologies that may be used in the rehabilitation of cognitive disabilities and polytrauma, including commercial, off the shelf, technologies. Additionally, this presentation will provide a review of the efficacy of these current technologies for the rehabilitation of TBI and polytrauma deficits. The impact of clinician's personal factors, such as comfort with technology, in the recommendation and training will also be detailed.


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Learning objectives:

Upon attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe three assistive technologies for cognitive disabilities and polytrauma
  • Describe two commercial, off the shelf technologies that support the rehabilitation of cognitive disabilities and polytrauma
  • Summarize the efficacy of assistive technologies for cognitive disabilities and polytrauma
  • Identify and discuss two clinician personal factors that impact the prescription of assistive technology for cognitive disabilities and polytrauma


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CEU Registration and Program Cost

0.15 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to individuals for attending 1.5 hours of instruction.

Cost: $59

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The University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences awards Continuing Education Units to individuals who enroll in certain educational activities. The CEU is designated to give recognition to individuals who continue their education in order to keep up-to-date in their profession. (One CEU is equivalent to 10 hours of participation in an organized continuing education activity). Each person should claim only those hours of credit that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.

The University of Pittsburgh is certifying the educational contact hours of this program and by doing so is in no way endorsing any specific content, company, or product. The information presented in this program may represent only a sample of appropriate interventions. ). Each person should claim only those hours of credit that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.


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