Concussion and Brain Injury
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is damage to the brain caused by movement of the brain inside the skull. People can sustain concussions by hitting their head, hitting another object, or jolting your body by moving and stopping fast. Common concussion symptoms include:
- Light sensitivity
- Decreased memory
- Difficulty with concentration
- Noise sensitivity
Speech Therapy for Concussion/Brain Injury
A speech-language pathologist will work with patients to educate about concussions, including cognitive rest, energy management, and symptom management. Speech-language pathologists also work with school districts, employers, and other individuals for recommendations and accommodations for returning to school and work. Cognitive skills are also targeted during sessions.
What is a TBI?
A TBI is a form of brain injury causes by sudden damage to the brain. Injuries can be open- or closed- head injuries. The most common causes for brain injuries include falls, motor vehicle accidents, and violent assaults. A wide variety of deficits occur from TBIs, including physical, sensory, cognitive-communication, swallowing, and behavioral.
Speech Therapy for TBI
Patients with any type of damage and severity level can be seen by a speech-language pathologist. The focus of sessions with vary depending on deficits. Skills worked on in sessions can include attention, reasoning, problem solving, executive functioning, memory, swallowing, and language. Treatment can sometimes include family members, friends, or others who support the individual with a TBI.
For more information, Contact us at Shakopee, Chaska & Savage, MN Centers.