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Disorders of Consciousness: Interventions, protocols, and tools to maximize outcomes
In appreciation of On With Life's referral partners and all the work you've done this past year, we invite you to attend an exclusive, free webinar hosted by our team! Join us on Wednesday, December 13 at 11:30 am to learn more about working with individuals who present with a disorder of consciousness, and earn 1.5 free continuing education credits. Details below!
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Disorders of Consciousness Webinar
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Webinar Details:

Disorders of Consciousness: Interventions, protocols, and tools to maximize outcomes

In this presentation, we will discuss the various subcategories of DoC and provide information on our approach to rehabilitation with these individuals. We will discuss specific interventions and protocols, the benefits of a transdisciplinary approach, and involvement of family / caregivers as much as possible. This population can come with unique challenges as they progress through various stages. We hope to leave you with tools as well as a case study example as a reminder of what outcomes can look like.  


  • Define the generally accepted subcategories of disorders of consciousness (DoC)​
  • Describe unique medical management, diagnostic, prognostic and treatment considerations for individuals who present with DoC.
  • Gain an understanding of both practice guidelines and minimum competency standards for rehabilitation providers who serve individuals with DoC and their families
  • Recognize and understand the signs of progress in the DoC population and how that translates to insurance requirements for continued stay in inpatient rehabilitation

Meet the Experts:

Dave Anders, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIST-AP is an Iowa licensed speech language pathologist who has been practicing in the field of brain injury rehabilitation for 25 years. He has been a certified brain injury specialist since 2004 and a certified brain injury specialist trainer since 2012. Dave is a member of Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa’s Board of Directors and has presented both regionally and nationally on a wide range of topics related to acquired brain injury.

Amy deBuhr, DPT, CBIST, ACCI is a physical therapist and clinical team lead at On With Life. She attended undergraduate school at Wartburg College and graduate school at St. Ambrose University. She has loved being in the neurological rehabilitation world for 17 years, 14 of those at On With Life. Over the years, she has found a love for vestibular rehabilitation and enjoys helping those who suffer from dizziness improve quality of life. She is married, has two boys and a cute mini goldendoodle that keep her busy outside of work. She loves to golf, spend time in her yard, read and craft.

Megan Ihrke, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIST is a speech-language pathologist who has been practicing in the area of neurological rehabilitation with adolescent and adult populations since 2010, all of which has been at On With Life. She completed her bachelors and masters in speech-language pathology at the University of Iowa. Megan serves as a clinical team lead at On With Life in Ankeny. She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer and also maintains MANDT certification for management of neurobehavioral challenges. Megan provides assessment and treatment in the areas of neurogenic swallowing, speech production, expressive and receptive language, and cognitive-linguistic skills in a transdisciplinary approach providing individual, co-treatment, and group therapy for individuals who are survivors of acquired brain injury.