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Friday

1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Traumatic Brain Injury and Vulnerable Populations; An Important Role for Speech-Language Pathology

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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is highly prevalent among vulnerable and underserved populations such as those in the criminal justice system, and those who are homeless or unstably housed. In fact, the prevalence of TBI among these populations is a serious public health issue. Not surprisingly, a history of TBI (diagnosed or suspected) precedes their experience of criminal involvement and or homelessness for many. More recently, there is increased awareness of TBI among women survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV). Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, statistics showed that 1 in 4 women would experience IPV in their life-time, however throughout the pandemic, this has increased to 1 in 3. The majority of these individuals have not had access to proper diagnosis, care and rehabilitation.

The communication challenges associated with TBI including cognitive-communication disorders and social communication disorders are often superimposed upon pre-existing language and literacy issues for some of these individuals. Moreover, these communication disorders negatively impact outcomes and community reintegration and can be a factor in recidivism for those who are justice involved.

Speech-language pathologists can play an important role in mitigating these challenges through direct intervention as well as through training of front-line staff.

This presentation will provide opportunities for learning through didactic lecture, video, as well as discussion and audience small group activities.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the prevalence of traumatic brain injury among vulnerable populations
  • Understand the intersection of psychological trauma in concert with physical and brain trauma
  • Identify the cognitive-communication and social communication impairments that contribute to vulnerability
  • Understand the role of speech-language pathology in assessing and treating these individuals
  • Learn specific strategies and techniques to support these individuals
  • Understand the value and importance of education and training of front-line staff
Level

Intermediate

Intended Audience

Speech-Language Pathologists, Students

Age Group(s)

Adult (18-64)