The Effects Of Social Communication On A Traumatic Brain Injury

1757 Words Nov 29th, 2016 8 Pages
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). However, it is not always obvious to the individual how these impairments in conversational skills are affecting themselves (Dahlberg, Hawley, Morey, Newman, Cusick, Harrison-Flex, 2006). 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…

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