Communicating After a TBI

Ask the Expert: Communicating After a TBI

My wife sustained a TBI almost four years ago when she fell from a ladder while washing a window. During conversations, she has trouble finding the words she wants to say and sometimes loses her train of thought. This makes social gatherings frustrating for her. Do you have any suggestions?


Social situations are hard because there is usually other noise and distractions. Here are some strategies that might help:

  • Pick the quietest place in the room to have a conversation — away from the TV or music.
  • Talk with one person at a time.
  • Prepare some topics in advance.
  • Bring photos of a vacation or family to share.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help: “Sorry, I just lost my train of thought. What were we talking about?”

Family and friends can also help your wife if she is having trouble finding the right words or remembering what she wanted to say by giving her a gentle reminder or clue about the topic … “You said you liked that movie, too — is it George Clooney you like?”

It’s also helpful to remember that parties or even small social gatherings can be tiring and stressful, so recognizing when it’s time to leave is crucial.


Posted on BrainLine February 16, 2010.

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Great Advice! I had company over the weekend and struggled. I didn't say anything about my injury, but noticed myself forgetting and repeating way more. Hense why I'm putting this on my page. Thank You :)