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Speaker – April McChesky

Kimberly Hill - Friday, February 01, 2019

Please join us March 29-30, 2019 at our 12th Annual Conference … “EXPANDING POSSIBILITIES.” On Friday and Saturday, professionals will have the opportunity to hear from an exciting line up of experts in the field of brain and spinal cord injury, neurology, and rehabilitation while earning up to 12 CEUs. On “Survivor Saturday,” survivors will participate in hands on workshops, socialize with others and hear motivational and helpful presentations. Registration information, along with the schedule of events and location can be found at www.biala.org or info@biala.org.

April McChesky, CCC-SLP, CBIST will be presenting to professionals on Saturday, March 30th at 1:45 am on TBI, Cognitive Deficits, and Multi-Modal Learning” 


April McChesky is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer who has been in clinical practice for over 18 years, working primarily with the adult and geriatric populations in multiple rehabilitation settings. She has spent most of her career in an inpatient rehabilitation setting, though she has also gained experience in acute care, long-term acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and outpatient clinics.April is currently the Program Director of West Jefferson Rehab Center, a large inpatient rehab unit with CARF accreditation in General Rehab as well as specialty programs including Stroke, Brain Injury and Amputation. She is responsible for the program development and staff education/preparedness that led to all first-time accreditations in the 3 specialty programs and re-accreditations in all programs since 2002.

In 2009, April earned her Brain Injury Specialist Trainer certification. She has since instructed over 35 healthcare professionals and assisted them with becoming Certified Brain Injury Specialists. Over the course of developing treatments for patients with acquired brain injury, her scope of practice has included extensive emphasis on promoting the skilled use of functional therapy activities to optimize the independence of each patient. She developed a “functional closet” and created materials to encourage the use of function-based treatment after learning about the positive impact of this approach on patient outcomes. Through ongoing literature review and experience, she has increased the materials and activity suggestions over the last decade and has provided ongoing education to her peers on the interdisciplinary team regarding the benefits of the approach.April was instrumental in changing the culture of the inpatient rehabilitation unit from staff having a primarily table-top approach to a providing a more individualized, meaningful patient experience. Her experience and the success of her program, make this course especially practical and relevant for clinicians.