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Sometimes after a traumatic brain injury, people can have cognitive problems as well as communication problems, which can impair their ability to live independently. They may not be able to organize their thoughts; they may have a hard time processing new information; or they may have trouble finding the "right" words -- words they need to express their thoughts and share their feelings. And early on after a traumatic brain injury, especially if the injury is more severe, the person may have trouble with more basic skills like swallowing, chewing, or forming basic word sounds.

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BrainSTARS: Receptive Language
By: Jeanne E. Dise-Lewis, PhD, Margaret Lohr Calvery, PhD, and Hal C. Lewis, PhD | BrainLine Kids | February 1, 2013
The difficulty learning from language alone may make it appear as if the child with TBI is not listening.

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My Husband Thinks My Voice is Quieter After My Brain Injury
By: Janet Brown | Ask the Expert | June 9, 2011
Strategies for better communication after a TBI.

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What Are Telecommunications Relay Services?
By: Federal Communications Commision | May 18, 2011
TRS enables telephone conversations between people with and without hearing or speech disabilities.

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After My Brain Injury, Why Is Speaking Harder on Some Days than Others?
By: Janet Brown, CCC-SLP | Ask the Expert | May 16, 2011
Aphasia can occur after a TBI and affect a person’s use of language.

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Making a Difference #8: Communication
By: The Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council | April 12, 2011
Communication can often be challenging for people with TBI. Learn strategies that help.

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Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Where Do We Go From Here?
By: Roberta DePompei | BrainLine Kids | February 22, 2011
The effects of a TBI in childhood are not fully realized right away and, in fact, new challenges can emerge after the individual has become an adult.

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Creative Community Involvement to Prevent TBI
By: Amy Skinder-Meredith | BrainLine Kids | February 22, 2011
Learn how one SLP uses melons, swim caps, and brain-shaped chocolates to teach kids how to prevent a TBI and all the communication problems that can come with one.

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Executive Functions and Communication in Adolescents
By: Lyn S. Turkstra and Lindsey J. Byom | February 18, 2011
Adolescence is a time of significant brain and cognitive development and, related to these developments, significant changes in communication functions.

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Don’t Let Your Brain Injury Keep You Off the Phone
By: Janet Brown, MA CCC-SLP | August 1, 2010
Speech-to-Speech relay, a free service, can help people with speech impairments communicate successfully on the phone.

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Communicating After a TBI
By: Janet Brown | Ask the Expert | February 1, 2010
Finding the right words and keeping your train of thought after a brain injury can be hard.

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Los sistemas aumentativos y alternativos de comunicación
By: Asociación Americana del Habla, Lenguaje y Audición | Spanish | January 1, 2010
¿Qué es el AAC, y cómo le ayuda a las personas con severos problemas del habla o del lenguaje?

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El habla de los pacientes con traqueostomías o ventiladores mecánicos
By: Asociación Americana del Habla, Lenguaje y Audición | Spanish | January 1, 2010
¿Qué es una traqueotomía y cómo afecta la capacidad de una persona para hablar y comunicarse?

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Traumatic Brain Injury
By: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association | January 1, 2010
Learn more about communication and cognitive issues that can result a brain injury.

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Traumatic Brain Injury: Benefits of Speech-Language Pathology Services
By: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association | January 1, 2010
How exactly does a speech-language pathologist work with someone with TBI?

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How to Avoid Being Tongue-Tied After a Brain Injury
By: Janet Brown | Ask the Expert | October 1, 2009
Reading out loud can be challenging after a TBI. Learn ways to cope.

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Aphasia
By: Janet Brown | Ask the Expert | October 1, 2009
Strategies for communication after TBI-related aphasia.

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Why So Many Questions?
By: Janet Brown | Ask the Expert | July 1, 2009
How to help when your loved one keeps repeating herself.

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Management of Sports-Related Concussion in Children and Adolescents
By: Melissa Duff | July 1, 2009
Managing a young athlete who has sustained a concussion — or several — can be complicated. Speech-language pathologists can help.

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Civilian TBI: The Other Story
By: The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association | May 4, 2009
Learn why speech-language therapy is crucial after TBI and why insurance companies are sometimes reluctant to pay.

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Educating Others About Slurred Speech After Brain Injury
By: Janet Brown | Ask the Expert | May 1, 2009
Here are ideas to help others understand why you talk slowly or with difficulty.

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Lee Woodruff Talks with ASHA
April 29, 2009
With a husband who sustained a severe TBI and a daughter with a hearing impairment, Lee Woodruff talks about the importance of speech-language therapy.

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Hearing Loss After TBI
By: Janet Brown | Ask the Expert | February 1, 2009
Suggestions to help someone with a hearing loss stay connected to family and friends.

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ASHA Podcast: Kathy Manning on Traumatic Brain Injury
December 2, 2008
Listen to Kathy Manning, a speech language pathologist, discuss speech issues post-TBI.

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A New Kind of Patient for Speech-Language Pathologists
By: Micaela Cornis-Pop | July 1, 2006
Learn why speech-language rehab is so crucial for veterans like Sgt. Wade.


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