How does a traumatic brain injury affect speech?
Each year, 1.7 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to the Centers for Disease Control. The most common causes of TBIs are falls, car accidents, sports injuries and explosions.
Traumatic brain injuries can cause extensive problems with speaking and comprehension. Those with a TBI may find it difficult to speak correctly (aphasia) or control their oral muscles to produce speech (apraxia). Muscle weakness can also cause difficulty swallowing (dysphagia).
How do speech therapists help those with traumatic brain injuries?
There are a wide range of problems that can result from a TBI, depending upon the area of the brain that was injured. After a communication evaluation, we will develop a treatment plan tailored for you. This may mean strengthening the muscles that control speech, working on social communication skills and assessing the brain’s ability to explain certain situations (such as jokes or what is happening in pictures).
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