Brain Injury Rehabilitation Services and Outreach to Ontario Educators


  • Shannon Scratch
  • Peter Rumney
  • Sara Stevens
  • Lisa Kakonge
  • Janet Bernstein
  • Tracy Lee
  • Christine¬†Provvidenza
  • Dayna¬†Greenspoon
  • Nick Reed


  • To provide an overview of clinical brain injury rehabilitation services at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
  • To use case examples to outline how clinicians work with educators to help youth return to school post-injury
  • To review two knowledge translation projects created by researchers at the Bloorview Research Institute that promote educator knowledge and confidence to better support youth with acquired brain injury and concussion in the classroom


Goal: To discuss how clinicians and researchers at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital work with educators in the community and the school system more broadly to advocate for youth with acquired brain injury and concussion.

Presentation 1: An overview of brain injury rehabilitation services at Holland Bloorview.
Presenter: Dr. Peter Rumney

The goal of this presentation is to review the clinical services at Holland Bloorview, with particular emphasis on care for youth with moderate and severe brain injury.

Presentation 2: How BIRT team members and educators work together to improve school experiences for clients.
Presenters: Dr. Sara Stevens, Ph.D., C.Psych., Lisa Kakonge, M.Sc., Reg. CASLPO, SLP, CCC-SLP, Janet Bernstein, OT Reg(ONT), Tracy Lee, PT, MScPT

Using case study examples, this presentation will highlight the unique ways that Holland Bloorview works with the Bloorview School Authority and local schools to help clients return to learning. This collaboration occurs during the early stages post-injury and significant transition periods while in the community.

Presentation 3: Supporting students in the classroom by enhancing educator knowledge about acquired brain injury.
Presenters: Dr. Shannon Scratch, Ph.D., C.Psych., Christine Provvidenza, MSc, RKin

This presentation will focus on a knowledge mobilization project currently underway at Holland Bloorview that aims to increase Ontario educator knowledge and awareness of pediatric acquired brain injury through co-creation of a user-driven resource. The resource, curriculum, build, and pilot plan will be reviewed throughout the presentation.

Presentation 4: SCHOOLFirst: Supporting Successful Return-to-School for Canadian Youth Following a Concussion
Presenters: Nick Reed, Ph.D, MScOT, OT Reg (Ont), Christine Provvidenza MSc, RKin, Dayna Greenspoon, MScOT, OT Reg (Ont)

This presentation will focus on ‘SCHOOLFirst’ a user-friendly, evidence-based resource designed by the Concussion Centre at Holland Bloorview, in collaboration with the York Region District School Board and the Public Health Agency of Canada, to assist school personnel with supporting students to successfully return-to-school post-concussion. The development process, resource and planning tools, and evaluation outcomes will be shared.

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