TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

The neurodevelopmental approach does not rely on a diagnosis or label. We evaluate every individual in each of the six areas of development, determine stages that need more work and stages not yet reached, and recommend activities to be completed at home that will complete those stages or advance to new stages – whether they come to us with a label, a long list of labels, or no label at all.

Labels do help facilitate communication, though. They are sometimes a shortcut that allow you to explain quickly the types of struggles you’re dealing with. They also sometimes help us focus our evaluation based on things someone with a particular label usually struggle with. So, even though we don’t care if you have been given a label or not, here are some labels with which we are very familiar and are very comfortable working with. This is not a comprehensive list, so if you don’t see your particular issue or only have a gut feel, not a label, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Birth Related

Sometimes things happen at the most pivotal moments in our lives that are beyond our control. Becoming a parent is one of the most joyous and life changing events anyone can experience. Birth related brain injury is one of those unfortunate events that can occur when your child is born.

We understand this was unexpected and can leave you shell shocked. After a comprehensive look at symptoms and discussing the events with you, the parent, we can better mold a treatment plan to help your little one move forward.

Accident

You know you’re no longer the same as you once were and that can be a difficult thing to grasp. Brain injury due to accidents can make everything in life harder. We know. If you’re struggling, please do not hesitate to contact us. Retraining the brain can have a huge impact on your life and those who care about you.

Because of brain plasticity and the way we work, age doesn’t matter. Whether you are 4, 24, 54, or 84 when the accident happens, we just figure out what function has been lost and what is still in place and give you a program of activities that will give your brain the stimulation it needs to regain the lost function.

Stroke

Visiting us for an assessment is your first step in choosing to live well after a stroke. Multiple tests concerning function and cognition are given to assess where you are currently. Language and memory skills are also assessed. There will be hard work involved, but your brain can find different pathways which will allow you to regain lost function.

Corpus Callosum Abnormalities

Corpus Callosum Abnormalities (CCA), or Agenesis of corpus callosum (ACC), is a rare disorder present at the time of birth. Characterized by a partial or complete absence of an area of the brain, someone with ACC is missing the connection between the two cerebral hemispheres that connect the brain.

The cause is usually unknown, but can be inherited. Infection or injury to the brain between the twelfth and twenty-second weeks of pregnancy can also be a cause. Intrauterine alcohol exposure (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) can also lead to this diagnosis.

Mental retardation may result in some cases, yet intelligence levels may be only slightly impaired. As with all situations, the ability of the brain to form new neural pathways often amazes us in these situations.