Cognitive Therapy After Brain Injury

Alita Shaw, M.A., CCC-SLP

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About Alita

Overview

Alita Shaw has worked as an Adult Neurogenic Speech Language Pathologist for over 20 years. She holds a Master's degree in Communication Disorders and Speech Sciences, and undergraduate degrees in Speech and Hearing Sciences and Psychology. She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), Washington Speech Language and Hearing Association (WSHLA), and ASHA Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Disorders Special Interest Group. She diagnoses and treats disorders of cognition, language, speech, and swallowing.

Experience

Alita has a wide range of experience treating patients with neurological diagnoses. During the first twelve years of her career, she worked primarily in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. She spent several years working as a Speech Pathologist in London, England, both in hospital and in private practice. Alita subsequently worked for 10 years as a clinician, clinical supervisor, and clinical coordinator within a highly specialized home, community, and work based neurorehabilitation program. She has treated hundreds of acquired brain injury patients including those with Mild Trauamatic Brain Injury (MTBI) related to motor vehicle accidents, active duty soldiers with TBI, brain cancer patients, stroke victims of all ages, and those who are fully dependent due to severe, acquired brain or spinal cord injury. Because of her experience treating within and outside of the clinic setting, Alita has unique insight into how cognitive and communication impairments can manifest in daily life, and what can realistically be done to address them.

Starting early in her career, Alita gained an interest in treating high level, subtle, cognitive impairments such as those experienced after concussion. She acquired an excellent understanding of the multi-dimensional concerns often seen with this complex population and extensive experience treating them. Ultimately, she opened a practice specializing in cognitive treatment after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.

Treatment Philosophy

Alita believes strongly in the use of evidence-based therapy activities. She provides guidance to facilitate the brain’s innate ability to make positive changes through neuroplasticity and remove any barriers that may impede it. Alita also believes that to treat effectively, it is important to understand each patient as an individual. She takes the time to get to know her clients and customizes treatment to their personality, culture, learning style, and life circumstances. She is also keenly aware of the misperceptions those with mild brain injury often face, and how this may affect them.

Personal

When she is not working, Alita enjoys spending time with family and friends, being physically active, and traveling. She also enjoys playing the piano and staying educated about nutrition and general health.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of problems do you treat?

Concerns about cognition (e.g. remembering, paying attention, multi-tasking, being on time) and communication (e.g. comprehending, word finding, reading) which arise after a neurological event. A holistic approach is used and often involves discussion regarding a variety of factors which may contribute to problems in these areas.

How long should I expect to be in treatment?

This is different for everyone. Treatment can range from a few weeks to several months. Speed of recovery is dependent on various factors including, but not limited to, impairment severity, emotional and behavioral health status, follow through with recommendations, and current life stressors.

How frequently will treatment sessions occur?

This also varies. However, generally sessions will occur once a week for 6 or more weeks.

What does therapy entail?

An evaluation will be completed during the first 2 sessions. Treatment is based on evaluation results as well as patient reported concerns and goals. Treatment activities may involve use of cognitive exercises, development of individualized compensatory strategies, and metacognitive skills training. Education is provided throughout the duration of therapy. Communication with other providers and patient advocacy also occurs as the need arises.

Do you accept insurance?

Insurance accepted includes L&I and Personal Injury Protection.

Patients who pay out of pocket will be provided with a “superbill” receipt upon request. This document includes all the necessary information for insurance reimbursement should this be pursued.

It may be possible for motor vehicle accident patients to be seen on a lien (balance held until the time of settlement). This is decided on a case by case basis and patients must have an attorney for this to be considered.

Do you take checks and credit cards?

Yes. If paying by credit card, a 3.5% fee is added for credit card processing. There is no added fee for payment by check.

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(206) 212-8611
Address
Seattle, WA 98105
(University District Bldg)
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