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S Afr J Commun Disord. 1993;40:35-42.

Mind-Mapping approach (MMA): a culture and language "free" technique.

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Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Pretoria.


Although the roots of the Mind-Mapping approach (MMA) reach back into the depths of psychology, it is our growing understanding of the human brain, how it functions, what affects it, how we can assist it--which has become the real foundation for the model discussed in this paper. By finding ways of creating environments that are brain compatible--or rather--brain enhancing, we can begin to serve the whole person in all his dimensions. In this paper the need for language and culture "free" therapeutic techniques will be discussed. Reference is made to the author's research where the MMA was used very successfully with a closed head injured (CHI) client in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of the technique. The problem of CHI is also discussed. In addition, a brief theoretical review of the brain as it pertains to the concept of the MMA is offered. In the conclusion, it is suggested that global techniques such as the MMA, which are based on fundamental and universal principles, are the route to finding language and culture "free" techniques.

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