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2019 Spinal Cord Injury Wellness Summit

 

Mindfulness Meditation for Managing Chronic Pain and Promoting Wellness after SCI

Presented on May 11, 2019

Chronic pain is an unmistakable obstacle to wellbeing, but mindfulness meditation can be a way around it. Richard Berger, MD describes how through practice and patience, we can give ourselves a choice on how we experience pain. Mindfulness can give seasoned practitioners the self-awareness needed to foster a curious and non-judgmental relationship to their internal and external worlds. Dr. Berger also explains neuroplasticity, the scientific reasoning behind why mindfulness works, and leads the listeners on a brief meditative session.

 

Presentation time: 45 minutes. After watching, please complete our two-minute survey!

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Let's Talk About Sex

Presented on May 11, 2019

Sexuality can be a difficult topic to talk about and after spinal cord injury it doesn't get easier. If you're struggling to start that conversation, look no further: Jeanne Hoffman, PhD, ABPP and Rosemary Buchmeier, RN give an overview of exactly what sexuality is and why it can be so difficult to discuss. They debunk myths about sexuality and disability, outline common barriers to fulfilling sex lives, provide tips for rediscovering your sexuality and fostering communication about sex with partners, potential partners, and health care providers.

 

Presentation time: 45 minutes. After watching, please complete our two-minute survey!

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Enhancing Sexual Satisfaction After SCI

Presented on May 11, 2019

When your body changes after a spinal cord injury, you might encounter challenges with finding sexual satisfaction. But, your new sex life can begin! Join Cory Grandinetti, MA, OTR/L and Kate Delaney, MD for a frank discussion on the variety of ways to maximize pleasure, and provide creative ways to identify and talk about your sexual preferences and abilities. Sex devices and toys, positioning options, expert understanding of medical considerations, and a playful attitude can be the first steps on an adventure of self-exploration.

 

Presentation time: 53 minutes. After watching, please complete our two-minute survey!

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ConnectAbility - The New SCI Assistive Technology Lab

Presented on May 11, 2019

Dr. Deborah Crane, MD, MPH introduces ConnectAbility, the new Assistive Technology Lab at Harborview Medical Center. The lab offers specialized evaluation and training with cutting edge technology to improve the lives of people with spinal cord injury. Experienced occupational and speech therapists offer individualized sessions to address unique barriers people face with daily living, returning to work and school, and improving quality of life. The AT Lab specializes in computer & phone access, smart home technology, adaptive gaming, and alternative communication software and devices.

 

Presentation time: 10 minutes. After watching, please complete our two-minute survey!

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Trending Technologies: Hands-Free

Presented on May 11, 2019

Leslie Fox, OTR/L, and Amy Noonan, OTR/L, CSRS introduce the latest trend in accessibility: hands-free assistive technology. Learn about the advance of Smart Home virtual assistants that open doors, control lights, and operate all manner of household appliances, as well as new ways to access your computer, phone, or tablet using power wheelchair controls. Gaming is more accessible than ever, thanks to progress in adaptive controllers. Consider the pros and cons, the variety of options on the market, and discover how to make your technology work for you.

 

Presentation time: 38 minutes. After watching, please complete our two-minute survey!

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