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Outcomes of Cognitive-Communication Intervention in Traumatic Brain Injury: a Case Study

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Vinitha Mary George

National Institute of Speech & Hearing, IN
About Vinitha Mary
Vinitha Mary George (PhD, MASLP) is an Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of Audiology & Speech Language Pathology with 17 years of teaching, clinical and research experience. Her areas of interest are cognitive communication and fluency disorders.
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Abstract

Purpose: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an acquired non-progressive condition, resulting in distinct deficits of cognitive communication abilities such as naming, word-finding, self-monitoring, auditory recognition, attention, perception and memory. Cognitive-communication intervention in TBI is individualised, in order to enhance the person’s ability to process and interpret information for better functioning in family and community life. The present case study illustrates the cognitive-communicative disturbances secondary to TBI and its intervention outcomes in a female adult in India.

Method: The 43-year-old subject attended 20 sessions of cognitive-communication intervention which followed a domain-general adaptive training paradigm, with tasks relevant to everyday cognitive-communication skills.

Results: Improvements were found in perception, short-term and working memory, with reduction in perseverations and naming difficulties.

Conclusion: Rehabilitation of clients with moderate to severe head injury can be done effectively through the appropriate selection of goals and activities relevant to the functional needs of each individual.

How to Cite: George, V.M., 2022. Outcomes of Cognitive-Communication Intervention in Traumatic Brain Injury: a Case Study. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 33(3), pp.81–90. DOI: http://doi.org/10.47985/dcidj.604
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Published on 03 Nov 2022.
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