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Meredith Emmons


Meredith works as a speech-language pathologist and clinical coordinator for Rehab Without Walls in Austin, Texas. She has worked across the continuum of adult healthcare since 2009. Her experience includes skilled nursing; hospital-based settings in large stroke and trauma centers, where she floated between ICU, acute care, inpatient rehab, and outpatient clinics; traditional home health; and since 2016, intensive home and community neurorehab with Rehab Without Walls (RWW). In 2018, she became a certified brain injury specialist (CBIS) and also expanded her role at RWW to include clinical coordination. As a clinical coordinator, she manages treatment teams, coordinates with physicians and insurance, and assists with equipment needs. In 2023, she became lead speech pathologist for her team in Austin.

Each one of these settings and roles has informed and expanded her understanding of the healthcare system and the gaps in support and education our patients experience. Working intensively with people with acquired brain injury in their homes provided context for why people often experience repeat hospitalizations for preventable crises, including and especially managing the complex disease of diabetes. Her first patient at RWW (and several since) was admitted with poorly controlled diabetes and experienced health scares requiring rehab teams to work together quickly to establish systems to better control their diabetes in order to make progress in therapy.

Meredith finds this work extremely rewarding. She is a passionate advocate for using a person-centered approach to empower people with cognitive and communication impairments with the skills and strategies to better coordinate and direct their healthcare. She loves to learn alongside her patients and to encourage her colleagues to use therapy time to explore the rich, functional landscape of treatment options involved in teaching people to navigate our complex healthcare system successfully.

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Break the Cycle: How to Prioritize Diabetes Management in Therapy (Recorded Webinar)

Presented by Meredith Emmons, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS

Break the Cycle: How to Prioritize Diabetes Management in Therapy (Recorded Webinar)

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Video Runtime: 118 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 33 Minutes

This course is a recording of a previously hosted live webinar event. Polling and question submission features are not available for this recording. Format and structure may differ from those of standard MedBridge courses. The instructor initially presented a version of this course in January 2023 for a continuing education series for Pate Rehab.

Diabetes is a complex, chronic illness impacting tens of millions of Americans. Extensive cognitive and physical capabilities are necessary to manage diabetes effectively and minimize risk of complications, yet it is rarely a focus in therapy. Diabetes complications, including acquired brain injury such as stroke, are common, and too often patients find themselves stuck in a cycle of complications stemming from poor self-management skills. This course will guide therapists through some basic knowledge surrounding diabetes and its impact on cognitive function, and ways cognitive impairment can impact daily self-management skills for people with diabetes. The course will also educate clinicians about key questions to ask that will spark functional ideas for goals and therapy tasks. Focusing on diabetes self-management skills in therapy is a rich and meaningful way to provide person-centered care.

Learning Objectives
  • Differentiate between types of diabetes and general treatment options to appropriately support patients with diabetes
  • Integrate knowledge of blood glucose, A1c, and potential diabetes complications into functional treatment planning
  • Analyze the connections between diabetes, acquired brain injury, and how cognitive impairments impact daily diabetes self-management
  • Examine the impact of diabetes on mental health to provide supportive care to this population
  • Examine diabetes and its complications as potentially cyclical and consider therapy's role in helping break the cycle of complications through providing support with diabetes self-management skills
  • Collaborate with patients with diabetes by asking key questions that can guide toward potential functional treatment planning

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Dec 6, 2023

Break the Cycle: How to Prioritize Diabetes Management in Therapy

Presented by Meredith Emmons

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