MCA Assessment and Intervention:
How we experience life and our ability to participate in it depend on our ability to think and communicate.
We use language and communication in our thinking, and we use thinking skills in our communication. The interaction between communication and thinking is referred to as cognitive-communication.
Communication includes abilities such as:
- Conversing and exchanging thoughts, feelings and information in a variety of ways in family, social, community, academic and work settings
Thinking and/or cognitive-communication skills include such processes as:
- Attention/working memory
- Speed of information processing
- Verbal reasoning
- Problem solving
- Executive function skills (e.g., evaluating, deciding, planning, initiating, following through, self-monitoring, self-regulation, etc.)
MCA’s primary focus is working with individuals to address areas such as cognitive-communication and other affected communication and swallowing skills arising from an acquired brain injury (due to traumatic brain injury, stroke, tumour or other illness). Additionally, we address acquired cognitive-communication difficulties resulting from potentially co-occurring physical or mental health disorders (such as fatigue, chronic pain, PTSD and Conversion Disorder) that may limit life participation and require S-LP supports.
MCA assesses and treats children, adolescents and adults presenting with challenges in the following areas:
- Social Communication
- Speech Production
- Voice and Fluency
A cognitive-communication assessment is warranted for the majority of individuals who have suffered an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), including a concussion. This is supported by the OBIA Impact Report of 2012, which outlines some of the cognitive-communication challenges many people experience following an ABI (e.g. 82% reported difficulty conversing in a group).
Treatment – An Individualized Approach:
Following a thorough assessment, we partner with our clients to develop individualized, collaborative, contextualized and evidence-based treatment plans that address their needs and goals in the context of meaningful activities. We bring our knowledge, creativity, and passion to our treatment sessions utilizing innovative interventions.
Education comprises a significant part of our treatment for both our clients as well as the significant people in their everyday lives.
Group therapy is offered when appropriate to increase awareness, learning, practise and generalization of skills in a motivating environment of peer interaction and support.
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