Communicating with an Adult after brain injury


Roberta DePompei, Ph.D. and Marilyn Lash, M.S.W.

An acquired brain injury can affect a person's speech and language. Communication impairments can range from difficulty speaking, understanding language, reading and writing. Changes can be obvious or subtle. They can affect not only communication, but personal relationships, employment, and community participation. This tip card describes common communication impairments and disorders after brain trauma.

This tip card explains how reading, writing, speaking, conversing or gesturing can change after a head injury. It describes how speech can be affected as well as changes in expressive and receptive skills. Communication difficulties often appear in daily life rather than in formal tests. Detailed checklists help survivors and families identify communication challenges. There are practical tips for families on improving communication and finding help.

Pages 8
Year 2007, second printing