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Traumatic Brain Injury

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Communication and Traumatic Brain Injury


Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have a profound impact on communication. Sometimes these difficulties are apparent (e.g., word finding, reading difficulties), and other times they are more subtle or difficult to describe (e.g., trouble with conversations, taking the perspective of others). A TBI may affect speech/pronunciation, word finding, sentence formulation, cognitive-communication (e.g., verbal reasoning, planning), and social communication (e.g., conversation skills, reading nonverbal signals). Intervention aims to support clients with the communication skills required to return to life roles and activities such as activities of daily living (e.g., paying bills, making appointments), socializing, post secondary education, employment, or other meaningful activities.

Contact Shoreline for information on assessment and treatment options.

The Role of SLPs in Traumatic Brain Injury

"Traumatic Brain Injury in Adults: Roles and Responsibilities"

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

"Role of Speech-Language Pathologists in Concussion Management Position Statement"

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada

Information and Resources

Mayo Clinic: Traumatic Brain Injury

Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia

"Report to Congress: Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Epidemiology and Rehabilitation"

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

Working with People with Traumatic Brain Injury

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