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2021 Sharing Experiences with Concussion/TBI Multi-Media Podcast Series

In 2021, 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 was to provide more context and understanding to the many different experiences following Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries.

This series has seven episodes that were released throughout June 2021 as part of Brain Injury Awareness Month. The episodes were 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webinar Archive

Open Discussion on the DTC/RDSP

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On May 3, 2022, OBIA hosted an open discussion webinar on the Disability Tax Credit/Registered Disability Savings Plan.

PRESENTERS:

  • Daniel Carroll and Marie Campanella, from Hudson Wealth and Trust Planning Group.
Protecting & Preventing Abuse of Vulnerable Persons

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The OAC hosted a two-part workshop about Power of Attorney, Last Will and Testament, and Fraud Awareness. This workshop was targeted toward professionals working with individuals who have sustained brain injuries and their families. It explored the intricacies of Power of Attorney and Last Will and Testament.

Guest speaker: Det. Constable Martin Franssen

Protecting & Preventing Abuse of Vulnerable Persons

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The OAC hosted a two-part workshop about Power of Attorney, Last Will and Testament, and Fraud Awareness. This workshop was targeted toward professionals working with individuals who have sustained brain injuries and their families. It explored the intricacies of Power of Attorney and Last Will and Testament.

Guest speaker: Det. Constable Martin Franssen

Aerobic Exercise to Improve Brain Health for Concussion

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On April 22, 2021, OBIA and the Brain Changes Initiative hosted the first in a series of seven Distinguished Speaker’s Webinars.

Guest speaker: Dr. John Leddy
Sponsored by: PoNS ™ and Neurochangers

 

 

BRAIN FOOD: HOW TO EAT FOR OPTIMAL BRAIN HEALTH

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On April 29, 2021, OBIA and the Brain Changes Initiative hosted the second in a series of seven Distinguished Speaker’s Webinars.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Mary Scourboutakos
Sponsored by: Koru Nutrition Inc.

COGNITIVE & NEUROLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES OF COVID-19

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On May 6, 2021, OBIA and the Brain Changes Initiative hosted the third in a series of seven Distinguished Speaker’s Webinars.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Adrian Owen
Sponsored by: McLeish Orlando

“SHAPING THE BRAIN” AND “EXERCISE FOR REHABILITATION AFTER BRAIN INJURY”

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On May 13, 2021, OBIA and the Brain Changes Initiative hosted the fourth in a series of seven Distinguished Speaker’s Webinars.

Shaping the Brain: The Woman Who Changed Her Brain
Guest Speaker: Barbara Arrowsmith
Exercise for Rehabilitation After Brain Injury
Guest Speaker: Enrico Quilico
Sponsored by: Pace Law and Health Wellness Industries Inc.

A HOLISTIC
APPROACH TO BRAIN AND
HEART HEALTH

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On May 20, 2021, OBIA and the Brain Changes Initiative hosted the fifth in a series of seven Distinguished Speaker’s Webinars.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Paul Oh
Sponsored by: MedEx Health Services

FROM TBI SURVIVOR TO MEDICAL DOCTOR: MY ROAD TO RECOVERY – A 5 FIVE PILLAR APPROACH

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On June 3, 2021, OBIA and the Brain Changes Initiative hosted the seventh in a series of seven Distinguished Speaker’s Webinars.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Matthew Galati
Sponsored by: VoxNeuro

Concussion Hits Home: Abuse & Concussion in Aging Population

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On June 18, 2020, the Elder Abuse Prevention ON partnered with OBIA and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) to host a webinar for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

PRESENTERS:

  • Ruth Wilcock, Executive Director, Ontario Brain Injury Association
  • Trudy Blugerman, Lived Experience Advocate
  • Judy Gargaro, Program Director, ABI, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation

 

Practical Strategies
for Achieving Success
After mTBI

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On February 12, 2020, OBIA hosted a 90-minutes webinar on Practical Strategies for Achieving Success After mTBI

PRESENTER:

  • Katie Hill, Personal Effectiveness Training program Coordinator, Brain Injury Community Re-entry
Pacing & Planning Strategies to help after ABI/Concussion

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On September 30, 2019, OBIA hosted a 90-minute webinar on Pacing & Planning Strategies to help after Acquired Brain Injury/Concussion.

PRESENTER:

  • Becky Moran, OT, St. Joseph’s Health Care London.

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