Swanson & Associates’ concussion protocol is a coordinated approach to individualized service delivery. It comprises comprehensive assessment, which may involve physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology dependent on the individual’s specific symptoms and needs. This protocol is based on scientific research and best practice guidelines. All Swanson & Associates’ clinicians have this education.

Assessment includes: Neuro-visual postural assessment; balance; vestibular function; cognitive function; visual perception; ocular motor function; communication; reading

Multi-dimensional Treatment: A multidisciplinary approach may be required, depending on the individual’s specific symptoms.

What to expect

  • Individualized, targeted intervention plan
  • Vestibular/balance intervention
  • Treatment of neck, soft tissue and postural issues
  • Sleep intervention
  • Activity pacing and monitoring
  • Education on energy conservation
  • Vision therapy
  • Environmental modifications
  • Goal setting
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Communication remediation
  • Mindfullness training
  • Psychosocial support
  • Graduated return to school/work/play/activity

What is concussion?

Concussion is a traumatic brain injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. It may be caused by a direct blow to the head or elsewhere on the body with forces transmitted to the head. There may or may not be a loss of consciousness. No two injuries are alike: typically it results in short-lived impairment of neurological function that resolves spontaneously; however, in some cases, symptoms may be prolonged, resulting in persistent post concussion symptoms, or post concussion syndrome.

Symptoms & Signs

  • Headaches
  • Mood disturbances (irritability and anxiety)
  • Intolerance of stress
  • Cognitive difficulties (forgetfulness and poor concentration)
  • Initiation difficulties
  • Dizziness and balance disturbance
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Light and/or noise sensitivity
  • Vision disturbances
  • Word finding difficulties
  • Difficulty maintaining conversations