Injuries We Treat - Watson Centre Society for Brain Health

Injuries We Treat

Wondering how the Watson Centre Society for Brain Health can help your particular injury or symptoms?

Read below to see where clients have reported improvements. Check out our research to understand what outcomes have been proven by evidence, and those that are supported by existing evidence. Please keep in mind that every brain injury/ concussion is unique, so your rehabilitation outcomes will be unique to you.

Concussions and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Definition: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines concussion as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, stretching and damaging brain cells and creating chemical changes in the brain. Concussion/ mTBI typically may present with brief, if any, loss of consciousness, vomiting and dizziness, lethargy and memory loss among other symptoms.

Reported Improvements in Symptoms: Feeling in a “fog”, can’t think clearly; difficulty following conversations; difficulty with attention/ concentration; difficulty learning new information; word finding problems; slowed reaction times; Headaches; fatigue; trouble with planning; depression; increased irritability; anxiety; emotional fluctuations; changes in personality; increased impulsivity; sleep disturbances;

Sample Length of Program: 3-month program, 4 days per week, 5 hours per day. Alternatively, 2 days per week, 3 hours per day over the course of 6 months.

“The Watson Centre and Support persons are patient. Please consider your mental and emotional well-being for yourself and your loved ones, let alone your future financial ability to earn. I have recovered crucial working life – executive functioning abilities.”

Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

Definition: Traumatic Acquired Brain Injuries are caused by something that comes from outside the body, such as a blow, bump, or jolt that result in serious persistent damage to brain cells. A moderate injury may experience unconsciousness up to 24 hours, have signs of brain trauma, contusions and bleeding, and signs of injury on neuroimaging. Severe brain injury may experience unconsciousness exceeding 24 hours (coma), no sleep/wake cycle during loss of consciousness, and signs of injury may appear on neuroimaging tests.

Reported Improvements in Symptoms: Fatigue; difficulty with sleeping; slurred speech; headaches; chronic pain; delayed/ slow information processing speed; challenges making plans, organizing or beginning tasks; challenges with communicating including understanding conversations, word finding, speaking in proper sentences, understanding cues, initiating and ending conversations; poor concentration and easily distracted; difficulty with short term memory; difficulty learning; difficulty with reasoning and judgement; difficulty making decisions; perseveration on a single topic/idea/activity; irritability or having a “short fuse”; depression; anxiety; anger; sudden extreme emotions without clear reason; limited emotional response to situations; loss of identity; anxiety related to future injuries/setbacks; engaging in risky behaviour; impulsivity; lack of a “filter”, saying inappropriate things; isolation; difficulty with social and work relationships.

Sample Length of Program: 6 to 9-month program, 4 days per week, 5 hours per day. 

Depending on the rate of progress, some participants may continue past the original program length. This is managed on a case-by-case basis.

“Since coming into this program, my memory continues to improve. The group at WCSBH is committed to helping people to better themselves, which is impressive to me.”

Stroke and Non-traumatic Brain Injury

Definition: Non-Traumatic Acquired Brain Injuries are caused by something that happens inside the body or a substance introduced into the body that damages brain tissues. For example, stroke, aneurism, brain tumour, opiod overdose, meningitis, encephalitis, and hematoma.

Reported Improvements in Symptoms: Symptoms and outcomes can be similar to mild, moderate and severe brain injuries. In addition, clients have reported improved range of motion and control in their side of neglect.

Sample Length of Program: 6 to 9-month program, 4 days per week, 5 hours per day. 

“I can’t explain how much of a difference this has made in my life… not just in my brain but in my life to come here to the Watson Centre.”


A person with a brain injury should attend the Watson Centre Society for Brain Health if they want to maximize their rehabilitation.

Core Values

Safety, empathy, determination, collaboration and growth.


Improving the quality of life for people who have suffered brain injuries, acquired brain injuries, or concussions.


To provide programs, delivered by specialists, for the purpose of helping people with brain injury to improve and reclaim their lives to the fullest.