Head or Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury (TBI), a form of acquired brain injury, occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain. After people have suffered an injury to the brain or head, they often experience a range of different communication difficulties varying according to the severity of the damage and location of the injury in the brain. Speech and Language Therapy can help the patient to improve and regain as much communication ability as possible.
Head or Brain Injuryaxia Treatments
Speech and Language Therapists at Spectrum Health can perform an assessment to evaluate how communication has been impaired as a result of the injury and how these difficulties interfere with daily life.
- We will look at speech and language skills, swallowing ability and oral motor skills (coordination and strength of oral muscles for speech) as well as evaluating reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary.
- Social communication may also be evaluated to determine the individuals understanding of emotional language and to see if they can follow the rules of normal conversation such as turn taking, remaining on topic, maintaining eye contact and interest etc.
- Furthermore our SLTs may assess cognitive-communication skills to see how the individual’s memory is functioning and what their ability is to plan, organize and process information
Our Speech and Language Therapists provide treatment for people who have communication difficulties as a result of a head or brain injury.
All of Spectrum Health’s Adult Speech and Language therapists are qualified from University with a B.Sc. or M.sc (Hons) in Speech and Language Therapy and have ample experience working with adults with Traumatic Brain Injury.