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Matthew Dodson


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.

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Concussion Symptoms and Evaluation

Presented by Matthew Dodson, OTD, OTR/L

Concussion Symptoms and Evaluation

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Recent media coverage of injuries from professional sports and combat in Afghanistan and Iraq has heightened the public's awareness of concussion. Rehabilitation practice has responded accordingly, developing evidence-based practices in acute symptom management for sideline and battlefield settings. This course identifies common physical, cognitive, and psychological clusters of symptoms seen in chronic concussion. It also explores how variable these symptom presentations can be, both between patients and over time. Guidance on how to address common interdisciplinary evaluation challenges is provided, including negotiating invalid testing results and addressing ecological validity concerns present in traditional evaluation approaches.

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Concussion Functional Interview and Treatment

Presented by Matthew Dodson, OTD, OTR/L

Concussion Functional Interview and Treatment

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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.

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Concussion: Return to Work and Performance-Based Testing

Presented by Matthew Dodson, OTD, OTR/L and Mark Showers, MSOT, OTR/L

Concussion: Return to Work and Performance-Based Testing

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Performance-based assessment offers a solution to difficulties found in both traditional concussion assessment as well as return to work rehabilitation. Performance-based assessments address concussion deficits from an ecologically valid, functional perspective, bridging the gap between "normal" objective testing results and patient reports of day-to-day deficits. This course presents an overview of the policies and procedures involved in return to work rehabilitation for individuals both with and without concussion. Practical components of return to work rehabilitation are emphasized, including how to interact with management or the human resources department, the role of short-term disability coverage, and how to establish the patient's essential job functions. Interactive examples of three performance-based assessments are demonstrated: the Behavioral Assessment of Vocational Skills, the Complex Task Performance Assessment, and the Doll Chair Assembly Task. These interactive segments will empower the learner with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to address challenging clinical scenarios.

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