Sports & Fitness/Wellness

Abilities Adventures: Promoting Participation for Adolescent Survivors of Trauma

Saturday, November 10
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Location: Meeting Room 3 - Convention Center

This session will explore a multi-participant case study of adolescents who participated in a non-traditional, adapted sports and leisure adventure program facilitated by Mt Washington Pediatric Hospital rehabilitation staff and held at the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah. It will review the co-morbidities and health problems that adolescents often face following a major trauma and discuss how these co-morbidities can adversely affect quality of life, function, participation, socialization, and community re-integration. It will review the format of the 8 day long adapted sports and leisure adventure that the athletes took without parents/siblings, but with an interdisciplinary team of MWPH staff members and other athletes who had similar experiences and discuss criteria for involvement. It will review successful qualitative reports from athletes and staff that demonstrate and describe improved function, quality of life, independence, socialization, and active lifestyle. It will demonstrate significant change in quantitative outcome measures including the COPM, WHOQOL-BREF, and WeeFIM of athletes supporting participation in community re-entry programs to facilitate improved function, quality of life, social engagement, and self-concept in trauma survivors. Long-term outcomes and caregiver reports will also be reviewed. Suggestions for further research will be discussed.


 

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Christina M. Parr, PT, DPT, CBIS

Clinical Specialist Physical Therapist
Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital

Christina Parr, PT, DPT, CBIS graduated from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA in January 2016. After graduation, she began working at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital as a physical therapist on the inpatient rehab unit and the outpatient center and also works PRN in acute care at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center both in Baltimore, MD. She has completed advanced training in the treatment of acquired brain injuries (CBIS) and regularly participates in the hospital's Abilities Adventures adapted recreation and leisure programming which has led to her currently developing her clinical specialty in adaptive sports in the pediatric population.

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Lindie A. McDonough, M.S., CTRS, CBIS

Senior Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital

Lindie McDonough attended Stevenson University and George Washington University, where she earned degrees in Therapeutic Recreation and Transitional Services for Traumatic Brain Injury. Lindie has been employed at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital for 13 years, and works as a Senior Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. She coordinates therapeutic recreation programs, Abilities Adventures, and community and school re-entry programs for in-patients and out-patients in the rehabilitation program.

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