Traumatic brain injury can result in difficulties with communication, cognition and swallowing. Brain trauma can damage the delicate connections between different centres within the brain which control thinking, speaking, understanding, and swallowing. Brain trauma can also be specific to one or more parts of the brain. Individuals with traumatic brain injury can experience a range of difficulties such as finding words to express thoughts, following complex spoken information, relating to family and friends, or being able to identify times when they may have spoken for too long or gone off on a tangent in a conversation. Others have difficulties swallowing; others have trouble speaking clearly. Family members may need long term assistance in helping their loved one to re-engage in everyday life and fulfil their goals.
Belinda McDonald has 30 years of experience in assessing and managing the often complex cognitive, communication and swallowing difficulties that may result from traumatic brain injury. Belinda works closely with each individual clients’ family and healthcare team (including medical specialists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Dieticians, Case Managers, insurers and iCare teams) in order to provide goal-oriented, participation-focused and comprehensive rehabilitation programs.
You can read more about how Speech-Language Pathologists help people with communication and swallowing problems as a result of traumatic brain injury here.