Definition of PCS
Persistent physical complaints (i.e. Headache, dizziness), cognitive, emotional, and behavioral changes that persist beyond the average recovery times, typically 2-3 months. Post-concussion syndrome disturbances can be chronic, permanent, or late emerging. The following cognitive deficits may be observed following a concussion including:
- Difficulties concentrating/attending to information (visual and auditory).
- Difficulties with sequencing/organizing/prioritizing (difficulties multi-tasking).
- Difficulties initiating and completing tasks.
- Difficulties with time management.
- Slowed response times.
- Memory/Recall Issues (anterograde amnesia/retrograde amnesia).
- Decrease in mental flexibility, increased rigidity.
- Word retrieval difficulties.
- Decreased insight into limitations.
- Difficulty carrying conversation/tangential speech.
- Self-regulation/personality changes – behavior changes affect cognition.
- Occasionally changes in speech patterns (decreased prosody, slurring).
Services We Offer
Speech/language Evaluation and treatment to address the cognitive needs that may occur following a concussion. These services range from informal to formal testing protocols, therapeutic treatment to address difficulties that may be occurring related to cognition, education for child/family for successful re-entry into a cognitively demanding academic based curriculum.For referral information, call 216.636.KIDS (5437).