Brain Injury Awareness Month: How Speech-Language Therapy Can Help!

TBIDid you know that March is Brain Injury Awareness month? In support of this public awareness campaign, we at Speech Associates of NY are running a series of blogs on how traumatic brain injuries and how speech-language therapy can help rehabilitate communication and increase quality of life post-injury. 

While brain injuries can cause a range of deficits and disabilities, issues with speech and language are some of the most common. Speech deficits affect the way a person pronounces words, including mismatched sounds, slurred or imprecise speech, and discoordination. A speech therapist will work with a patient to determine the speech patterns and sounds that give them the most difficulty and provide exercises and strategies to improve the quality and intelligibility of the speech.

Issues with language are another common side effect of traumatic brain injury. Difficulties with language differ from speech issues in that they involve the actual formulation of words and sentences as opposed to difficulty producing sounds. Language issues can involve difficulty finding words, difficulty understanding language, and can affect reading and writing as well as speaking. Language includes the simple ability to ask for what you need. The simple need to ask for a drink or say that you are hot may be affected.  Speech-language therapy involves exercises and training to increase word-finding as well as developing compensatory strategies to help communicate even while experiencing problems with language

Check in with us again next week as we continue our series on brain injury and communication, and talk about how a speech-language pathologist can help with rehabilitation of swallowing issues and cognitive disabilities following traumatic brain injury.

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 http://www.speechassociatesofny.com and find out how our team of professionally trained and certified speech-language pathologists can help!

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