Speech-language Pathology Help for Communication Disorders Caused by Acquired Brain Injury
“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”
– Bernice Johnson Reagon
There’s no doubt that people who experience an acquired brain injury (ABI) are often faced with challenges that others can only imagine. A trauma to the head that can be the result of a motor vehicle accident, bicycle accident, stroke, fall or sports related injury. These injuries can result in brain damage; damage that sometimes results in difficulty understanding and interpreting information, processing thoughts, retaining memories and communicating.
Fortunately, help is available. Speech-Language Pathologists (sometimes referred to as Speech Pathologists or Speech Therapists) are individuals highly trained to provide assessment and treatment for a variety of communication disorders, including those associated with an ABI.
Following an assessment, the Speech-Language Pathologist will determine goals and therapy targets that will assist that individual in relearning, regaining, modifying or compensating for impacted skills. Tailoring each therapy approach to the individual needs of the client is essential. Some people work best with paper/pen tasks while other progress more quickly through focused conversation or casual interactive activities; all methods are then reinforced within the context of real life activities.
Whatever the approach, at S.L. Hunter & Associates, the Speech-Language Pathologists work hard to establish an excellent rapport with each one of their clients, so that everyone feels supported and safe. In this relaxed, positive environment, the person with the communication challenges is encouraged to express their concerns, assist in developing achievable goals, practice new skills and celebrate successes.
The offices of S.L. Hunter & Associates are located at 5195 Harvester Rd. Unit 4B. They can be reached by telephone at 905-637-5522 or online at www.slhunter.ca.