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Sharing Experiences with Concussion/TBI Multi-Media Podcast Series

In November 2020, OBIA partnered with Headsup Concussion Advocacy Network and the former Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation to develop a multi-media series titled Sharing Experiences with Concussion/TBI. The goal is to provide more context and understanding to the many different experiences following Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries.

This series has seven episodes that will be released throughout June as part of Brain Injury Awareness Month. The episodes are led by a leading expert in the field and consist of a group of individuals who have sustained brain injuries discussing their experiences in a safe and supportive environment.

Each episode looks at different aspects of the recovery process.

We are so grateful to all the participants for being so open about sharing their experiences of concussion/TBI. Thank you as well to our fantastic facilitators who guided these conversations and encouraged participants to feel safe to share their story. We hope these stories will help others not feel alone in their journey and give them hope for their future.

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Series Release Dates/Topics

Episode 1 – Diagnosing Concussion/TBI: The Physician’s Perspective

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Dr. Steph Dallaire leads a discussion with other doctors, a nurse practitioner and a neuropsychologist from across Ontario to speak about the complexity and challenges of diagnosing concussion/TBI.

Release Date: June 8, 2021



Episode 2 – Return to Education: Understanding What’s Best for Your Brain throughout Recovery

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Penny Welch-West, a Speech-Language Pathologist with Parkwood Institute, guides a group of current students and graduates through a discussion about their experiences transitioning back to school following a concussion/TBI.  Group members talk about challenges, accommodations and strategies they implemented to support their return.

Release Date: June 10, 2021


Episode 3 – Return to Work: Re-Integration After Concussion/TBI

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Leslie Birkett, an Occupational Therapist and Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) at McMaster University facilitates this discussion about participants’ experiences returning to work following a concussion/TBI. The conversation explores challenges, balancing life’s stressors and accommodations.

Release Date: June 15, 2021


Episode 4 – Return to Sport: Overcoming the Stigma of Concussions in Sport

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Connor Massimo, Physiotherapist and Founder of Pulse Physiotherapy in Peterborough, leads a discussion about returning to sport after experiencing a concussion/TBI. This episode brings together athletes from various sport backgrounds who have competed at different levels to talk about stigma and identity following a concussion.

Release Date: June 17, 2021


Episode 5 – Support Systems: Supporting Persons Who’ve had a Concussion/TBI

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Dr. Lesley Ruttan, a Neuropsychologist, and other professionals who support persons with concussions and brain injuries gather together in this episode to talk about their experiences and the challenges associated with accessing supports and services for their clients.

Release Date: June 22, 2021


Episode 6 – Life after a Concussion/TBI: Adapting to a New Way of Life

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Becky Moran, Occupational Therapist with the Acquired Brain Injury Outpatient Team at Parkwood Institute facilitates this discussion about adapting to a new way of life following a concussion. Some of the topics this episode explores are the challenges of pacing oneself, relationships, and changes in identity.

Release Date: June 24, 2021


Episode 7: Facilitators’ Experiences: Insights from the Entire Series

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A seventh episode will be released at the end of June facilitated by Seth Mendelsohn, Creative Director at Headsup Concussion Advocacy Network. This episode is a group discussion of the facilitators’ experiences leading their groups.

Release Date: June 29


The OBIA Helpline provides confidential, emotional support for anyone who needs a caring, compassionate and non-judgmental listening ear.
The OBIA Helpline also provides information, advocacy, and makes appropriate community referrals. 
Whether you have sustained a concussion (mild traumatic brain injury), moderate to severe brain injury, you are not alone, we are here to help! 

If you need support, call 1-800-263-5404. 

The opinions expressed are those of the speakers and not necessarily of the Ontario Brain Injury Association and Headsup Concussion Advocacy Network.
Please seek advice from a Registered Health Care Professional. 



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