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How can Speech Therapy help after a concussion?



Speech-Language Pathologists hear it all of the time: “Why do I need speech therapy? My speech is fine”. The scope of a speech-language pathologist is widespread and they can assist with much more than just simply talking. Patients are often confused when they are referred to a speech-language pathologist after sustaining a concussion.


The Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines concussion as, “a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.”


One of the lesser known symptoms following a concussion is cognitive-communication deficits. This could include difficulty thinking clearly, feeling slowed down, difficulty concentrating, difficulty remembering new information, difficulty finding words, difficulty with transitioning between topics or multi-tasking, difficulty with memory or difficulty with problem solving.


Speech Language Pathologists are a part of the interdisciplinary team to care for patients after a concussion. They provide assessment and treatment of cognitive communication disorders with specialized treatment based on the patient’s symptoms and overall goals. Although all treatment plans are individual to the patient, in every case, treatment sessions are designed to optimize patient outcomes for a successful return to school, work or daily interests and tasks. Cognitive strategy training may also be implemented to support patients following a concussion by helping implement external or environmental modifications, develop internal strategies or use of technology.


The speech language therapists at Engage have experience working with people with concussion and are skilled in helping you return to participation in your work and sport activities. Physical therapy sessions are provided one on one for 45-55 minutes depending on your needs. Call today to set up an evaluation at 315-810-2423 or email info@brainbodybetter.com.


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