Making Headway Center for Brain Injury Recovery envisions a community in which all persons with Brain Injuries are able to live and participate fully in the community of their choice.
Making Headway Center for Brain Injury Recovery works toward the prevention of brain injuries through education and awareness and helps persons who have sustained brain injuries- and their families-to gain access to uniquely individualized services, support, and opportunities for self-determination and self-sufficiency.
We provide assistance to individuals who have suffered a brain injury to help them adapt and lead independent lives. Through a variety of programs and services we help individuals develop the skills necessary to mitigate the issues caused by a brain injury. We also strive to prevent brain injuries by promoting safe practices like providing helmets to those who need them and fitting them properly.
Clients may or may not understand the reason for the referral to our program and/or may not have expectations regarding our program. Ensuring clients have an accurate understanding and realistic expectations about therapy upon initiation only strengthens the endeavor. We believe it’s important to address expectations up front because they facilitate client participation and likelihood of benefit from treatment.
One of the biggest challenges faced when we work with new clients is identifying realistic treatment goals. Goal-setting requires listening to the client’s perceptions of their strengths and weaknesses as well as the short–term and long-term goals that they would hope to achieve. This same information is also obtained from the family support system as well. Goals are considered in relationship to the client’s abilities to help determine the targets for treatment.
We like to begin therapeutic sessions with a review of the intermediate and overall goals of the client’s treatment. Although these types of sessions are pretty common, we believe it is especially important for clients with impairments in attention, memory, inhibition, and self-awareness. There are a variety of strategies that can be used in these sessions but the primary purpose is to help clients become more self aware and build skills necessary for an independent lifestyle.