Communication Practices: The Importance Of Social Communication

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Humans are social beings by nature (Baumeister, Leary, 1995). People interact every day with others in various settings including the workplace, school, community center, or place of worship and must perform a broad range of communication practices throughout the day to connect with others in order to form relationships. When those communication practices breakdown due to a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), social communication impairments often occur in conversational discourse (Snow, Douglas, & Ponsford, 1998). This may have an adverse effect on important interpersonal relationships (Driscol et al., 2011), especially during the adolescence years when development of self-esteem increases (Mccarthy, Hoge, 1982). Over time, this breakdown can affect a person’s overall quality of life (Brown, Vandergoot, 1998). …show more content…
An everyday communication partner can be a voice of clarity when addressing issues of social communication (Dahlberg et al., 2006). There has been recent research supporting the benefits of including an everyday communication partner into group therapy for adults with TBI (Togher, McDonald, Tate, Power, Rietdijk, 2013). However, there is limited research that explores therapy for adolescents with TBI with the addition of an everyday communication partner to specifically target conversational skills. This can be problematic for a Speech Pathologist working with an adolescent on conversational skills because sophisticated social communication skills are developing during the adolescent years and a TBI can adversely affect pragmatic communication

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