The Cognitive-Communication Course for Acquired Brain Injury

The Cognitive-Communication Course for Acquired Brain Injury (CCCABI Course) is a comprehensive, evidence informed, clinically applicable online course tailored specifically for speech-language pathologists/therapists (SLP/SLT). It is comprised of 12 modules that move quickly beyond the basics to delve deeply into evidence, assessment measures, and treatment strategies that are unique to our cognitive-communication interventions. Details about the course instructor and CCCABI modules is provided below.

Each CCCABI Module Provide SLP’s with an opportunity to: 

  • Gain clinical insights through video presentations you can review at your convenience. 
  • Access clinical resources to save time and enhance your clinical practice. 
  • Build your clinical tool kit with assessment methods and treatment strategies
  • Integrate research evidence, clinical insights, and the stories of those with lived experience of acquired brain injury (ABI) 
  • Enhance your knowledge base with 80-150 slides and over 100 references in each module. 
  • Consolidate learning by taking the Pre-Test and Post-Test 
  • Demonstrate your professional development to employers and funding sources by earning CCCABI certificates and stating CCCABI Levels attained
  • Evaluate your skills and set goals for your own professional growth or evaluate your students using Clinician Evaluation Tools developed for each area of practice. 
  • Assist those with ABI in your community by learning about education and advocacy tools to advocate for cognitive communication supports and services. 
  • Earn ASHA CEU’s. See details in Frequently Asked Questions. 

Here’s How to Enhance Your Practice Using the CCCABI Course

1. Register with the CCCABI Course Here.  

  • Upload proof of SLP/SLT qualifications. Proof of SLP/SLT qualifications is required for participation in the CCCABI courses. 
  • When we receive your qualifications we will send you an email to give you access to the course.

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2. Progress through modules & earn CCCABI certificates

The modules were designed to progress in sequence from Module 1 to 12. This is the recommended progression. However, learners may select modules in any order according to their learning needs. We highly recommend you begin with Module 1: Overview of CCD as it provides a framework upon which future modules are based and it provides all the evidence you need to advocate for those you serve!! Feedback from previous SLP/SLT learners, new and seasoned alike, recommends progressing in sequence. This progression promotes deep learning, understanding of the full role of the SLP/SLT in CCD, evidence translation, and techniques to help you meet the challenges of contextual, person-centred practice. However, we recognize that clinicians have varied learning needs so the modules can be taken in any order.

3. Take modules in bundles or individually 

You can take the CCCABI modules in two ways: 


Price (CAD)

Bundles of CCCABI Modules (at a reduced cost)


Full CCCABI Course Bundle: All 12 Modules


CCCABI Level 1 Bundle: Module 1-6


CCCABI Level 2 Bundle: Module 7-10


CCCABI Level 3 Bundle: Module 11-12


Individual CCCABI Modules


CCCABI Module 1: Overview of Cognitive-Communication Disorders


CCCABI Module 2: Early Interventions for Cognitive-Communication Disorders


CCCABI Module 3: Assessment for Mid to Late Stages (Confusion to Community)


CCCABI Module 4: Treatment Overview


CCCABI Module 5: Comprehension & Information Processing


CCCABI Module 6: Expression


CCCABI Module 7: Social Communication


CCCABI Module 8: Thinking, Reasoning, & Executive Functions


CCCABI Module 9: Return to School


CCCABI Module 10: Return to Work


CCCABI Module 11: Higher Level (Concussion/Mild Brain Injury) Assessment


CCCABI Module 12: Higher Level (Concussion/Mild Brain Injury) Treatment


CCCABI Course: A resource for our profession and those we serve

It is my sincere hope that the CCCABI Course can help to integrate the empirical knowledge of research leaders in our field with the clinical insights of dedicated clinicians in a one-stop resource that saves you time, builds capacity in our profession, creates a community of practice, ignites empathy and advocacy, and ultimately improves the lives of the people with brain injuries that we serve!

   - Sheila MacDonald, CCCABI Course Author and Instructor, Sheila MacDonald & Associates

CCCABI Author and Instructor

Sheila MacDonald

Sheila MacDonald’s dedication to those living with the effects of brain injury includes research, education, advocacy, the development of two standardized tests, the CCCABI referral tool, practice guidelines, evidence-informed publications, and participation on the ANCDS’s TBI Research and Writing Committee. Her acclaimed clinical short courses draw on years of experience in community practice where she assists individuals with return to social, academic, and workplace communications after ABI.

Instructor Disclosures

Sheila MacDonald has the following financial and non-financial relationships to declare 


  • Financial relationship with CCD Publishing and is author of two measures it publishes, the Functional Assessment of Verbal Reasoning and Executive Strategies and the Cognitive-Communication Checklist for Acquired Brain Injury.
  • To ensure objectivity these measures are introduced in fewer than 1 % of slides within the course and over 100 other evidence-based measures are discussed and presented in handouts. 
  • Owner of Sheila MacDonald & Associates and receives compensation for these courses. 


  • Sheila's teaching and research has been informed by evidence favoring client-centered contextual approaches to intervention as well as by advocacy  with individuals and families with lived experience of brain injury.  

CCCABI Modules

The CCCABI course is an online continuing education program that provides Speech-Language Pathologists with comprehensive research synthesis, clinical tools, and structured learning to hone their practice and assist individuals with brain injuries in reconnecting and reconstructing their lives. An overview of the 12 CCCABI Learning Modules is depicted below, followed by specific learning objectives for each module.

Module Descriptions

Module 1: Overview of Cognitive-Communication Disorders and Impact on Daily Functioning 
This module provides speech-language pathologists with foundations in acquired brain injuries, cognitive-communication disorders, and their impact in people’s lives. It reviews the role of SLP’s in cognitive-communication rehabilitation, brain behaviour relationships, assessment considerations, principles of neurorehabilitation, education, and collaboration, all guided by an evidence-based model of cognitive-communication intervention.

Module 2: Early Interventions for Cognitive-Communication Disorders 
This module provides speech-language pathologists with cognitive and communication assessment and treatment strategies, tools, research and resources for patients in acute or early stages of intervention. This includes disorders of consciousness (Rancho Level 2, 3) and agitation (Rancho Level 4). This course will help SLP’s to apply the available evidence in designing individualized treatments, family education, and communication partner training.

Module 3: Assessment for Mid to Late Stages (Confusion to Community) 
This module provides SLP’s with evidence-based cognitive-communication assessment techniques to drive tailored treatment planning for individuals with acquired brain injury. It includes goal directed assessment, assessment considerations, critical analysis of assessment tools, and assessment measures for each domain of cognitive-communication functioning.

Module 4: Treatment Overview Mid to Late Stages (Confusion to Community) 
This module provides SLP’s with a set of evidence-based treatment tools for designing cognitive-communication interventions for those with acquired brain injuries. The focus is on individualized treatment approaches that target communication competence in every day life to improve family, community and social communications.

Module 5: Comprehension and Information Processing 
This module provides SLP’s with a range of treatment options for addressing difficulties with attention, memory, speed of processing, auditory comprehension, and reading comprehension, and for evaluating available treatment evidence within these domains.

Module 6: Verbal Expression and Discourse 
This module provides SLP’s with a set of treatment standards, guidelines and options for developing evidence-based interventions for word finding, verbal and written discourse.

Module 7: Social Communication 
This module provides SLP’s with a set of treatment standards, guidelines and options for developing evidence-based interventions for word finding, verbal and written discourse.

Module 8: Thinking, Reasoning, Executive Functions 
This module provides SLP’s with a framework for understanding deficits in organization, reasoning, problem solving, and executive functions as well as tools for planning individualized evidence-based treatments.

Module 9: Return to School 
This module provides SLP’s with sufficient information and strategies to be able to collaborate with students, parents, and educators in designing student support programs tailored to the learner’s needs after ABI. It includes a description of challenges after ABI, team perspectives, transition planning, evidence-based instructional methods and strategies.

Module 10: Return to Work
This module provides SLP’s with information specific to cognitive-communication challenges and related interventions for return to work. The course is designed to help SLP’s advocate for the critical role that communication plays in successful work re-integration and the role SLP’s can play in planning for and supporting workplace communications and related cognitive skills.

Module 11:  Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Assessment 
This module provides SLP’s with information regarding their role in screening, assessment, follow up, education and provision of recommendations for those with concussion or mild traumatic brain injury and other forms of mild acquired brain injury. It includes evidence regarding prolonged cognitive-communication deficits, contributing factors, and methods of detection, evaluation, and tracking.

Module 12:  Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Treatment 
This module provides SLP’s with a range of evidence-based interventions for concussion or mild traumatic brain injury as well as other forms of acquired brain injury with a focus on managing persisting cognitive-communication deficits and co-occurring symptoms. The course is designed to assist SLP’s with education, collaboration, and provision of individually tailored and contextual or “life relevant” treatment.

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