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RESOURCES

Here you will find some helpful contact information and links to other resources. Some can offer supports specifically for traumatic brain injury, while others provide other services for a variety of disabilities and special needs.
Arkansas Contacts

Added February 13, 2020

Arkansas Children's Hospital Concussion Clinic....................................................501-364-4000

The ACH Concussion Clinic offers a comprehensive approach to the evaluation and management of children who might have sustained a concussion. It is a collaborative effort that involves primary care, sports medicine, and physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians. The team is supported by neuropsychologists, physical therapists, social workers and athletic trainers.

Arkansas Children's Hospital Neuroscience Center

For non-sports-related concussions & young children, nationally renowned specialists give expert care for children suffering from a wide range of neurological disorders, treating brain, nervous system, and neuromuscular disorders.

Arkansas Children's Hospital Orthopedic Clinic

Children with sports-related concussions are typically seen in this clinic.

UAMS Trauma Rehabilitation Resources Program................................................501-526-7656

Through education and resource development initiatives, TRRP works to increase access to comprehensive, cutting-edge rehabilitation care and facilitate community reintegration for Arkansans who have sustained traumatic injuries.

Added February 13, 2020

Click above to read the article online.

Mark E. Halstead, Karen McAvoy, Cynthia D. Devore, Rebecca Carl, Michael Lee, Kelsey Logan, Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and Council on School Health.

Pediatrics November 2013, 132 (5) 948-957; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2013-2867

Brain Injury Support Groups

Added February 12, 2020

Information provided by UAMS Trauma Rehab Resources Program. Dates and locations are subject to change. Please call ahead to verify date and location before attending.


Little Rock

When: 3rd Wednesday of every month at 11:30 am
Where: Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute, ground floor, Inservice Education Room.

9501 Baptist Health Drive
Information: (501) 202-7047
Lunch is provided


Hot Springs

When: 2nd Thursday of every month at 2:30 pm
Where: Roland Room at CHI St Vincent, 300 Werner St
Information: (501) 416-6325


Texarkana

When: 2nd Thursday of every month from 11am- 1pm
Where: St Michael Rehab in the Dogwood Room, 2400 St Michael Drive, Texarkana
Information: linda.hampton@christushealth.org (903) 614-4271
Lunch is provided. If you are new or have not attended in awhile, please contact Linda to verify time and date!


Fayetteville

When: 2nd Tuesday of every month from 1-2pm
Where: SOURCES Conference room, 1918 Birch Ave
Information: Call Brooke at (888) 284-7521


Jonesboro
When: 2nd Thursday of every month at 1pm
Where: Encompass Health (formerly Health South) lower lobby, 1201 Fleming Ave.
Information: Ashley Watson: (870) 351-5995


Memphis

When: 3rd Tuesday of every month (except July) at 5:30 pm
Where: Regional One Health Rehabilitation Hospital, 3rd floor in Turner Tower Dining Room, 890 Madison Ave
Information: (901) 545-8487
Free parking in Turner Tower lot. Must call to reserve a spot. Click here for directions/parking info.


Click here to visit the Arkansas TBI Facebook group.

Click here to view Online Support Groups.

Brain Injury Publications

Added February 12, 2020

Here are some encouraging publications for people who have survived a traumatic injury or have a disability, courtesy of UAMS Trauma Rehab Resources Program:

Brain & Life– The American Academy of Neurology’s patient-education magazine, available free to patients, caregivers, and all interested in neurology for everyday living. Scroll down past the “subscription look up” box and fill out the form to sign up.

Brain Injury Hope HOPE Magazine is a publication that supports the brain injury/concussion community. Subscribers will receive a monthly email with a free digital copy of HOPE Magazine as well as the option to purchase the magazine in print on Amazon.

Brain Waves– A newsletter for Arkansans living with traumatic brain injury. Send your mailing address to atrp@uams.edu to receive this free quarterly newsletter.​

Spinal Connection– A quarterly newsletter for Arkansans living with spinal cord injury. When you follow the link, you will need to scroll down to the “Newsletter” section. There is a link there to subscribe to receive this publication for free.

Bell Ringer: The Invisible Brain Injury

Added January 27, 2020

"AETN produces programs like 'Bell Ringer' to help inform Arkansas educators, students and families and positively impact health and safety in our state." AETN produced "Bell Ringer" in response to The Arkansas Concussion Protocol Act of 2013, as well as Act 1214 of 2011, which requires coaches to complete training on concussions.

National Contacts

Added February 12, 2020

American Physical Therapy Association

A physical therapist can help address the challenges and functional limitations associated with brain injury. Depending on the severity of the injury, the patient’s level of consciousness, and the problems the patient has, the treatment plan will widely vary.

 

Brain Injury Association of America.....................................................................1-800-444-6443

A primary authority on medical diagnosis and treatment, disease management, research and life challenges associated with brain injury, as well as a leading influencer of public awareness, education, and public policy change.

Brain Trauma Foundation

Since its founding in 1986, the Brain Trauma Foundation has worked toward improving the outcomes of patients with traumatic brain injuries through the development of evidence-based guidelines, groundbreaking research partnerships, and educational outreach.

The Center on Brain Injury Research and Training................................................541-346-0593

CBIRT, a center under the Department of Psychology at the University of Oregon, conducts research and training to improve the lives of children and adults with traumatic brain injury. CBIRT’s research focuses on developing interventions to improve outcomes related to education, employability, and quality of life. Training activities promote the use of best practices among educators and other professionals who serve individuals with TBI.

Love Your Brain Foundation

Founded by Olympic snowboarder Kevin Pearce, LoveYourBrain embodies a positive approach to brain injury prevention and healing with programs designed to build community, foster resilience, and help people understand the importance of loving their brains.

National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA)

Assists state governments in promoting partnerships and building systems to meet the needs of individuals with brain injury and their families.

Nurse Hotline.......................................................................................................1-855-767-6983

For 24/7 medical advice on a brain injury or spinal cord injury.

Shepherd Center.................................................................................................1-404-352-2020

A private, not-for-profit hospital in Atlanta, Georgia specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions.

STOP Sports Injuries

This comprehensive public outreach program focuses on the importance of sports safety, specifically relating to overuse and trauma injuries.