Traumatic Brain Injury: Treatment Strategies for the SLP

Traumatic Brain Injury: Treatment Strategies for the SLP 

A person with a significant TBI is often compromised in terms of memory, communication, judgment, and reasoning, or what most people think of as the building blocks of personality. This can be an especially challenging diagnosis for the patient, the family, and, ultimately, the therapist who works to bring wholeness back to this person. While an individual with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may present with unique challenges during evaluation and treatment, the most important point is to ensure that you see your patient as a whole person, not as the TBI diagnosis. This course will review the three most typical impairments that speech-language pathologists are asked to address when working with patients with TBI. You will explore the most common deficits and develop ideas for corresponding goals and interventions.


Hours: 1.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional Area).

Kansas Health Department of Aging and Disability Services (Speech)


Approved for 1.50 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-RTS-0-TBITSS
Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 11/30/2023
Learning Objectives:
Articulate at least two common clinical presentations that impact treatment of a person with a TBI.
Explain at least four treatment interventions for cognitive-communicative problems associated with TBI.
Identify at least four treatment interventions for speech and language deficits of aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia of speech, and social communication deficits associated with TBI.
Identify at least four treatment interventions for dysphagia associated with TBI

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: TBI Overview

Traumatic Brain Injury

Classification and Severity of TBI

Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Assessment and Treatment Factors

TBI Rating Scales

Deficits Determined from SLP Evaluation



Section 3: Cognitive-Communicative Treatment


Building on Strengths

Intervention for Attention

Intervention for Orientation

Intervention for Executive Function

Intervention for Memory

Intervention for Information Processing

Computer-Based Cognitive Rehabilitation

Neurobehavioral Deficits



Section 4: Speech and Language Treatment

Treatment for Aphasia

Treatment for Dysarthria

Treatment for Apraxia of Speech

Social Communication Interventions

Communication Strategies



Section 5: Dysphagia Treatment


Special Considerations

Sensory Issues

Attention Concerns

Memory Issues

Managing Behavioral Issues Related to Swallowing



Section 6: Conclusion


Course Contributor




Instructor: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP
Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of experience. She obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology from Jacksonville State University and her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from The University of Alabama. She worked with clients of all ages and a variety of diagnostic conditions in school, hospital, skilled nursing facility, outpatient clinic, and home health settings. In her previous role as a national clinical director for a large contract therapy company, she created training programs for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology related to the clinical rehabilitation needs of older adults in post-acute care. She currently draws upon her expertise in her role at Relias as Lead Subject Matter Expert Writer for Speech-Language Pathology. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Disclosure: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Jennifer Jurgenson, MS, CCC-SLP
Jennifer Jurgenson, MS, CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist in North Carolina. She has four years of experience at a level-one trauma center treating adult patients admitted to inpatient acute care. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in media studies and art history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked as a marketing coordinator before returning to school to follow her passion of helping individuals with communication disorders. She obtained a second bachelor’s degree from Governor’s State University in communication sciences and disorders and her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from Rush University. She relocated to Durham, North Carolina, following graduate school to complete her clinical fellowship at Duke University where she continues to work as a member of the multidisciplinary trauma team. Disclosure: Jennifer Jurgenson, MS, CCC-SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Intermediate level Speech and Language Pathologists; in the following settings: Rehabilitation Settings.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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