Communication Disorders and Sciences

Head Injury / Traumatic Brain Injury

Philosophy:

  • Program provides clients and their families with education and management strategies to address communicative and cognitive deficits resulting from brain injury.
  • Maximize client's independence within his/her community.
  • Enhance client's quality of life while maintaining his/her dignity and self-respect.

Description:

  • A head injury is an event that may result in loss of consciousness for varying lengths of time. The most common is secondary to some type of blow to the head (traumatic brain injury) as in a motor vehicle accident, but may also occur due to lack of oxygen to the brain, encephalitis, certain types of cerebral hemorrhages, penetrating/open head injury, etc.
  • Therapy is provided individually for a minimum of two 50 minute sessions per week.
  • Individual therapy sessions focus on improving cognitive and communication skills to allow the client to function in his/her environment(s).
  • Treatment goals reflect the unique needs of each client and target skills to help the client function more independently in the community.

Program Goal(s):

  • Improve functional cognitive and communication skills to allow individual to function within his/her environment(s).
  • Improve client's awareness and use of compensatory strategies to assist with cognitive and communication deficits.
  • Provide education, support, and resources to assist the client and his/her family in the treatment/management of disorders associated with head injury.

Schedule:

  • The Youngerman Center Clinic operates from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday during the University Academic Calendar.

Related Website Links:

Brain Injury Association of America
Brain Injury Resource Center
Head Injury Center
Head injury organizations
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
National Resource Center for Traumatic Brain Injury
www.neuroskills.com

 


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