3869 Boulevard des Sources, Suite 205
Dollard des Ormeaux, QC H9B 2A2
(514) 683-8791 • info@centremdc.com

COGNIROUTES PROGRAMS
(part of Centre MDC)


Click here for an overview of the CogniRoutes program.

Strengthening weaknesses, maintaining strengths, forging new neural pathways…

BRAIN FITNESS PROGRAMS:

For children, adolescents, adults, and seniors with identified weaknesses in social skills, emotional regulation, attention & memory skills, executive function ability, and/or problem solving strategies.

Individual and small group programs are led by trained coaches. Groups are comprised of individuals of similar ages and needs. There is at least one coach for every three group participants, assuring personal attention, even in groups. All programs are designed and supervised by Harriet Greenstone, an experienced psychologist specializing in learning, attention, memory, and social/emotional problems.

Each individual program comprises:

    • an individual 45-minute consultation
    • series of eight one-hour sessions, in English or French, scheduled on your own timetable
    • a 45-minute feedback +/or planning session after every eight sessions

Each group program comprises:

    • an individual 45-minute consultation
    • series of eight one-hour sessions, in English or French (group)
    • a 45-minute feedback +/or planning session after every eight sessions

HOW IT WORKS:

Every individual is born with a unique set of temperaments, personality traits, and neurological "wiring" which influences their ability to regulate emotions and develop an effective learning style. Emotions and learning become a problem when the individual's wiring is a poor match for their environment and/or for the ways that they are being taught.

"Brain plasticity" is the brain's ability to grow and change. Until recently, we thought this only happened in babies and young children. As they learn new things, new connections form between neurons. Now we have learned through recent research advances that these opportunities for change never stop. As long as we keep learning new things (information and skills) our wiring will keep growing and changing.

It is never too late to develop new neural pathways or to let go of ineffective and faulty pathways (routes) and connections. By directing what new information our brains learn, and by strengthening weaknesses, maintaining strengths, and forging new neural pathways, we can facilitate changes in how we think and function.

A fitness program for the brain is like a fitness program for the body. Cross-training is important for the brain, too. Repetition builds and maintains strengths, but it's the "newness" of an exercise that challenges our brains & bodies, and triggers new growth. There are real, physical changes in the brain every time we learn something new. An individually designed brain fitness program maintains strong areas and targets other areas that need strengthening - producing a brain exercise regime that's as enjoyable as it is challenging.

OTHER COGNIROUTES SERVICES:

Brain Assessment for Adults

To design an effective individualized brain fitness program, it is mandatory to have a baseline overview of brain functioning, assessing IQ, attention & memory skills, and executive functioning, as well as a lifestyle and stress profile. For those who don't have such an assessment, CogniRoutes provides an assessment service consisting of 5-6 hourly sessions, including a feedback session and recommendations.

Brain Assessment for Children

Includes an assessment of the skills and functions described above, with the addition of an assessment of the child's emotional regulation and social skills - and where necessary, learning profile and academic skills.

If the child already has a recent psychological or psycho-educational evaluation, a complete assessment (12 hourly sessions, plus a feedback session) will not be necessary. However, additional specific tests may be required if the evaluation is incomplete for purposes of developing an effective intervention plan.

Memory Testing

For seniors & "boomers" who want to establish a baseline, bank that data, and/or monitor their short term memory performance over time. Periodic follow-up testing is compared to the baseline test to detect (or rule out) symptoms which may indicate early stages of diseases and disorders like mild cognitive impairments or Alzheimers.