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.
0.15 ASHA CEUs
Approved for 1.5000 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 1.5000 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
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
Section 4: Speech and Language Treatment
Treatment for Aphasia
Treatment for Dysarthria
Treatment for Apraxia of Speech
Social Communication Interventions
Section 5: Dysphagia Treatment
Managing Behavioral Issues Related to Swallowing
Section 6: Conclusion
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 Aegis Therapies, 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.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.
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