Did you know that January is National Winter Sport Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness month? Last week we talked about some of the ways you can prevent and identify traumatic brain injury (TBI). Today, we’ll talk about three ways that TBI can affect communication, and how a speech-language pathologist can help!
Speech Difficulties: A TBI can decrease the speed, coordination, and strength of the muscles that control speech. This can make a person’s speech sound slurred or difficult to understand. A speech therapist can help identify a person’s particular speech issues, and provide strategies to improve speech clarity.
Language Difficulties: A person with a TBI may also have issues with language, including trouble with word-finding, understanding other people, or organizing what they want to say. Trouble with reading and writing are also common. A speech-language pathologist will identify which problems are affecting communication the most, and give the patient exercises to improve these difficulties. They can also help identify the patient’s particular strengths and help them find ways to use them to compensate for problem areas.
Social Language: One of the most common issues for patients with a traumatic brain injury is problems with the social use of language. This can include problems like issues with turn-taking or staying on topic in a conversation. These issues not only inhibit effective communication, but they can damage personal relationships as well. Speech-language pathologists are trained to help identify these types of communication problems and improve social language functioning.
No two people with a TBI are the same, and issues with speech, language, and communication can vary widely from one person to the next. If you or a loved one has sustained a TBI, speech-language therapy could help improve your quality of life! 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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