What is Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) affects children, adolescents and adults. Those experiencing TBI demonstrate cognitive-communicative impairments which can be improved by speech and language intervention.
Symptoms may include changes in the following:
- goal planning
- reasoning and judgment
- social language skills
- academic achievement
- word finding
- speech and voice
What is the evaluation procedure?
The TBI Program at the Communication Disorders Clinic provides comprehensive evaluations to determine the nature and severity of the symptoms listed above, such as memory and organization. Clients who already have received a speech and language evaluation at another location should send the report along with the UCF case history form to the Communication Disorders Clinic. This will provide information about whether additional evaluation procedures need to be completed.
In addition, clients need to send relevant medical reports from physicians, psychologists and radiologists (e.g., neuroimaging results or radiological swallowing results).
What type of treatment do we provide?
The TBI Program uses a cognitive-communicative intervention model that teaches clients to maximize effort and efficiently use compensatory strategies. Opportunities also are available for participation in research with faculty experts in TBI.