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Community Re-Engagement for Adults With Acquired Brain Injury (On Demand Webinar) (PD102594)

Presenter(s): Richard R Lemoncello, PhD, CCC-SLP
Course Description

A focus on community re-engagement and return-to-work can provide meaningful and purpose-filled goals related to life participation for adults with acquired brain injury (ABI). SLPs play a critical role on interprofessional teams preparing and supporting individuals with ABI to find purpose, meaning, and identity as they leave inpatient settings and transition to community living. This webinar discusses collaborative strategies to engage clients with returning to work and overcoming barriers to community re-engagement. The presenter highlights a model of community-based, return-to-work functional rehabilitation that professionals can adapt in their own local communities.

Learning Outcomes
After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of community re-engagement and return-to-work in supporting meaning, purpose, and identity for adults living with ABI
  • Identify methods to engage in return-to-work goals across the continuum of care
  • Describe evidence-based methods to support workplace success for adults with ABI
  • Adapt a model of community re-engagement and return-to-work to support adults with ABI in your local community


  • Overview. What is ABI? (causes, symptoms, prognosis)
  • Long-term outcomes of ABI and importance of return-to-work
  • Engaging in return-to-work across the continuum of care
  • Sarah Bellum's Bakery & Workshop as a model
  • Evidence-based assessment for return-to-work
  • Evidence-based treatment in the workplace
  • Adapting to your local community
  • Q&A

Presenter Information

Dr. Rik Lemoncello, PhD, CCC-SLP (he/him) is currently on the clinical faculty in the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. He also serves as the volunteer Program Director & Board President at Sarah Bellum's Bakery & Workshop, a nonprofit organization supporting adults with acquired brain injury in Portland. His work focuses on functional rehabilitation to support adults with acquired brain injury through social participation, community-based, interprofessional models. He is also passionate about supporting graduate student success, including first-person accounts and lived experiences of survivors of ABI, and interprofessional collaborations. He serves on the TBI Writing Committee of the ANCDS and founded Sarah Bellum's Bakery & Workshop in 2016.

Rated a 4.96/5

Course Reviews

"I personally took the most out of the section "supported conversation for cognition". My family and I have always had difficulty holding a conversation with my father in law and I think the techniques discussed will be helpful."

"The amount of information including flowcharts was wonderful as was the way the presenter showed real life carry over of theories and considerations."

Financial Disclosures:
  • Salary from Portland State University
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Founder and volunteer Program Director and Board President of Sarah Bellum's Bakery & Workshop
  • TBI Writing Committee of the Academy of Neurogenic Communication Sciences & Disorders

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete and submit the learning assessment by the end date below.

Program History and CE Information

Live webinar date: September 20, 2023
End date: September 22, 2028

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 2
ASHA CEU*: 0.2
Item #(s): PD102594
Available Through: September 22, 2028