Traumatic Brain Injury: How a Speech-Language Pathologist Can Help

TBIThe rough and tumble play of childhood is a part of growing up; unfortunately, occasional serious injuries can be an unintended consequence of childhood roughhousing. Last week we discussed how recent evidence has suggested that even a minor traumatic brain injury can lead to long term consequences, including increasing the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Today, we’ll talk about some of the ways a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can affect communication, and how a speech-language pathologist can help.

No two patients who have had a TBI are exactly alike; the issues that follow this type of injury can vary widely in type and severity. One common difficulty that follows a TBI is the reduced ability to concentrate, focus, and sustain attention for an extended period of time. Problems with memory are also very common, ranging from minor issues recalling specific information, to severe deficits that affect day-to-day functioning because of the trouble creating new memories. Finally, difficulties with language are also a common result of a traumatic brain injury. Issues with word-finding, understanding spoken information, or formulating language may all follow a TBI.

Often, a person who experiences these difficulties will be referred by their doctor to a speech-language pathologist for rehabilitation. A speech pathologist will help identify the specific areas of language that the patient is having difficulty with and can help the patient learn strategies to compensate for these losses. They can also provide exercises that can help improve memory, thought, and linguistic function.

Do you or someone you know have difficulty with speech, language, or cognition? Don’t wait, get the help you need today. For information on our New York based Speech-Language Pathology services, please call Speech Associates of New York today at (212) 308-7725 or visit our website at and find out how our team of professionally trained and certified speech-language pathologists can help!

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