In the last few years, combat operations in the Middle East and professional sports have heightened awareness of mild Traumatic Brain Injury, or concussion. This heightened awareness has led to expanded clinical programming addressing concussion, but significant challenges remain in the identification and treatment of chronic concussion deficits. This course provides theoretical and practical guidance in how to identify and treat common functional deficits from concussion, driven by the administration of a thorough functional interview. Through discussion and interactive components, major areas of functional deficits from concussion are identified and treatments for these concerns are demonstrated.
Dr. Matthew Dodson is an occupational therapist and an expert in evaluating objective and functional deficits from MTBI/concussion and other forms of mild brain injury in both civilian and military populations. With extensive experience at patient, supervisory, and policy levels, he specializes in designing multidisciplinary clinical assessment and intervention programming for mild brain injury. Leveraging his experience in designing and administering multiple high-visibility concussion programs for the Department of Defense (DoD), he now leads evaluation teams for TBI and Psychological Health program evaluation efforts nationwide. Additionally, he has experience in research policy design, literature review methodologies, and academic-medical partnership staffing. With multiple authorships and presentations, Dr. Dodson is an advocate of approaching concussion from a “deficits not diagnosis” approach. A proponent of the role a thorough functional interview plays when working with individuals with many forms of mild brain injury, Dr. Dodson has collaborated with multiple professional disciplines in developing and implementing innovative evaluation and treatment approaches. He is the owner-operator of Braintrust Services, LLC, and provides consultative services including forensic expert witness evaluation and testimony, concussion program development consultation, and independent client therapy service provision.
In the first chapter of this course, Dr. Dodson discusses functional performance and the importance of including a functional interview when evaluating concussion. Participants will review four major constructs that underlie functional breakdowns and that should be included in a functional interview post-concussion.
Dr. Dodson demonstrates how to conduct a functional interview of immediate, short-term, long-term, and prospective memory deficits post-concussion, as well as how to implement a treatment plan.
In the third chapter of this course, Dr. Dodson demonstrates how to conduct a functional interview of distractibility, follow-through, and organization deficits post-concussion, as well as how to implement a treatment plan.