Upcoming Events

Cognitive-Communication Disorders, Level 1
Assessment and Treatment of Cognitive-Communication Disorders:
A Clinical Short Course for Speech-Language Pathologists

June 21-22, 2018
NSCC Ivany Campus (80 Mawiomi Place, Dartmouth, NS)
9:00 am - 4:30 pm each day


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Course Description:

Join us for a 2-day educational opportunity specifically tailored to Speech-Language Pathologists who serve individuals with acquired brain injury (ABI). The course content relates to several clinical settings (acute care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, community and school), and all severities.

Topics will include:

  • SLP role from acute care through to lifelong communications 
  • Coma intervention - SLP role
  • Assessment principles, methods and measures
  • Treatment principles and practical strategies based on current research
  • Return to school issues
  • Return to work issues
  • Return to family and community communications
  • Working with rehabilitation therapists and other community professionals on cognitive-communication interventions
  • Working with families and significant others
  • Suggestions on working as an integral part of an ABI team

More time is spent on adult and adolescent services but some pediatric material is included. Participants must be Speech-Language Pathologists.


The course will be taught by Sheila MacDonald, M.Cl.Sc., Reg. CASLPO. Sheila is an international speaker and speech-language pathologist with more than 25 years experience in assessing and treating individuals with acquired brain injury. She is the author of two standardized tests of higher level cognitive-communication skills (the FAVRES and SFAVRES), and has co-authored a treatment book, preferred practice guidelines, and other publications related to assessment, intervention, and evidence based practice.