Why an Interdisciplinary Team of Specialists Is Crucial for Patients with Brain Injury

The way that we really approach therapy is we look at that person as an individual. Whatever their cognitive or their language complaints are are what we as speech pathologists are going to be treating, regardless of what other issues they have. And that's why it's so important to be really part of that multidisciplinary team, because there are other members of the team that are much better equipped to tackle some other issues like difficulties with sleep, and insomnia, and headaches-- headache management, pain management--all of those issues are addressed by the team, and we really focus only on the cognitive and the language complaints that that person has.

Speech-language pathologists focus exclusively on a patient's cognitive and language complaints after a TBI. The other members of the interdisciplinary team focus on their specialities like headache care, sleep problems, and behavioral issues.

Posted on BrainLine July 19, 2012.

Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough, Brian King, and Jared Schaubert, BrainLine.