Acquired Brain Injury - Case Study Highlighting a Transdisciplinary Rehabilitation Model


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Acquired brain injury (ABI) refers to any brain damage that occurs after birth. ABI can impact any area of the brain. It may arise suddenly due to a specific incident such as trauma or a stroke, or it can develop over an extended time due to chronic conditions like drug abuse or neurodegenerative disease. Symptomology varies drastically depending on the location and severity of the injury, and loss of function may include physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and social difficulties. No two patients with ABI are the same. A complex network of communication between the patient, their family/caregiver(s), and many healthcare professionals is essential to improve survival rates and provide the best possible outcomes for these individuals. This session will discuss the differences between a transdisciplinary care team and more common models of interdisciplinary care to demonstrate how healthcare providers can improve functioning and enhance the quality and quantity of their interactions in the setting of ABI.

Target Audience

Healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe three fundamental differences between transdisciplinary team functioning and more traditional multi and interdisciplinary care models.
  • Discuss three ways in which traditional medical interventions/recommendations can be altered to enhance functioning in the home environment. 
  • Identify three techniques medical providers can use to enhance the quality and quantity of their interactions with individuals who have neurogenic cognitive/communication disorders.

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Recording date: February 3, 2022
Date of original release: February 14, 2022
Most recent review/update: February 14, 2022
Termination date: February 13, 2025

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­B
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON
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Course expires: 


​​​​Dave Anders, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIST, Clinical Director, On With Life - Dave is an Iowa licensed speech language pathologist who has been practicing in the field of brain injury rehabilitation for 22 years. He has been a certified brain injury specialist since 2004 and a certified brain injury specialist trainer since 2012. Dave is a member of Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa’s Board of Directors and has presented both regionally and nationally on a wide range of topics related to acquired brain injury.
Megan Ihrke, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIST, Speech Language Pathologist, On With LifeMegan is a speech-language pathologist who has been practicing in the area of neurological rehabilitation with adolescent and adult populations for the last 11 years, all of which have been served at On With Life. She completed her bachelors and masters in speech-language pathology at the University of Iowa. Megan serves as a Clinical Team Lead at On With Life in Ankeny. She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer and also maintains MANDT certification. Megan provides assessment and treatment in the areas of neurogenic swallowing, speech production, expressive and receptive language, and cognitive-linguistic skills in a transdisciplinary approach providing individual, co-treatment, and group therapy for individuals who are survivors of acquired brain injury.
Gail McGaughy, PT, C/NDT, CLT, CBIS, Physical Therapist, On With LifeGail has been a Physical Therapist for 22 years with emphasis and specialty in neurological disorders. Gail worked in Inpatient Rehab for 15 years and Outpatient Neuro Rehab at On With Life since 2012. As a certified LSVT BIG provider, member of the Parkinson’s Committee at On With Life and board member for the Iowa Chapter of APDA, Gail has a keen interest in the treatment and wellbeing of Parkinson’s patients through the lifespan from early diagnosis to end stage Parkinson’s. Gail and staff have committed their time, energy, and efforts to be the provider of choice for persons with PD and their care-partners. Gail is also certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), Lymphedema Treatment (CLT) and Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS). Gail has also provided various lectures and CEU opportunities in NDT for Adult Hemiplegia in IA, IL and WI.
Shawna Swain, PA-C, CBIS, Physician Assistant, On With Life - Shawna is a licensed physician assistant. She received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in Health and Human Performance. After spending some time as an Exercise Physiologist in Cardiac Rehabilitation, she attended University of Iowa Master’s of Physician Assistant Program. She spent nine years working in orthopedic surgery and after experiencing brain injury and rehabilitation first hand, decided to joint On With Life’s program earlier this year.

Accreditation Statements

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this enduring materials activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 2-B credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.​
  • Other Healthcare Professionals: This enduring materials activity is designated for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


The planning committee member(s) and speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

  • Dave Anders, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIST - Speaker
  • Megan Ihrke, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIST - Speaker
  • Gail McGaughy, PT, C/NDT, CLT, CBIS - Speaker
  • Shawna Swain, PA-C, CBIS - Speaker


The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­B
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON


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