Pain in children with developmental disabilities:  What to do when everything fails?

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This webinar will cover key aspects that focus on what we know about the basic science of pain in the presence of a developmental disability, approaches to assessing and managing pain in children with neurodevelopmental disorders that alter cognitive and communicative capacities and challenge our ability to distinguish pain from other stress/arousal behaviours.   A focus of this symposium will be a discussion of what to do when managing pain and irritability, particularly when all else fails. Use of a coordinated pain management plan will be discussed that includes development of systematic pharmacological and non pharmacological approaches as well as effective communication among the individual, the family and health care professionals.


Wed, Nov 20, 2013 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST

Presenter Bios

Dr. Frank Symons

Dr. Frank Symons is coordinator of the Special Education Program and professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. His work has focused, in part, on (a) issues related to the reliable and valid assessment of pain among individuals with severe developmental disabilities with associated intellectual, communication, and motor impairments and (b) the relation between pain and self-injury among individuals with developmental disabilities.

Dr. Tim Oberlander

Dr. Tim Oberlander is a physician-scientist whose work “bridges” developmental neurosciences and community child health. As a clinician he manages pain in children with developmental disabilities at BC Children's Hospital. As a researcher at the Child and Family Research Institute, UBC, his work studies how early life experience shape stress/pain and related neurobehavioral outcomes during childhood, and seeks to find ways to reduce disabling symptoms and improve everyday function. 

Created by Doug Maynard on 2013/10/17 15:52