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Walter Reed’s Kate Sullivan on How to Set Up a Brain Fit­ness Cen­ter to Enhance Cog­ni­tive Retrain­ing and Reha­bil­i­ta­tion

Kate Sullivan will run an educational workshop on  How to Set Up a Brain Fit­ness Cen­ter to Enhance Cog­ni­tive Retrain­ing and Reha­bil­i­ta­tion, at the upcoming 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (June 7-14th, 2012).

Description: Learn the nuts and bolts of open­ing a rehab-oriented “brain fit­ness cen­ter”, includ­ing staffing, mea­sure­ment of behavioral/ cog­ni­tive out­comes, selec­tion and roll­out of inter­ven­tions, and inte­gra­tion of center-based with home-based use. Learn the obstacles and tips for repli­cat­ing such a cen­ter in a satel­lite location.

  1. Participants will gain insight into conceptualizing their own computer-based rehabilitative environment as an educational/library experience, a gym, a clinical tool, or a research project.
  2. Participants will learn about the essential resources needed to launch a “brain fitness center”, from identifying an appropriate patient population to program marketing.
  3. Participants will determine how to set clinical expectations by determining if the goal of your Center is to enhance normal cognition, maintain or slow down decline or remediate impaired cognition.
  4. Participants will be able to determine appropriate intervention tools based on the population served, staff availability, patient participation and patient motivation.
  5. Participants will receive an overview of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Brain Fitness Center to include research and lessons learned.

Kate Sul­li­van, M.S., CCC-SLP, CBIS, is the Direc­tor of the Brain Fit­ness Cen­ter, Wal­ter Reed National Mil­i­tary Med­ical Center. She com­pleted her under­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate degrees in Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Sci­ences and Dis­or­ders at James Madi­son Uni­ver­sity. She has been a speech-language pathol­o­gist at Wal­ter Reed Army Med­ical Cen­ter for 10 years where she recently helped launch the Brain Fit­ness Cen­ter (BFC), located in the WRAMC’s Mil­i­tary Advanced Train­ing Cen­ter, to com­ple­ment tra­di­tional care approaches.

–> To Learn More about the 2012 Summit and to Register: click on 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Optimizing Health through Neuroplasticity, Innovation and Data (June 7-14th).

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