Aim, rational and outcomes
This module includes a Pre-Test.
You may find it helpful to do the pre-Test now and the Post-Test at the end of the module. You will be able to compare you pre and post answers.
The Pre-Test includes 12 multiple choice questions. It is quick to do. Your answers will be emailed to you.
provides information about the range of communication problems that
may result following
a traumatic brain injury (TBI), as well as strategies for
dealing with some of these deficits.
a complex function, often adversely affected following a brain injury.
The ability to communicate effectively is highly valued,
which means problems with communication can seriously limit
a person’s life. Through lack of understanding, workers
or carers may treat a person with a communication deficit
inappropriately (eg. by treating them as having an intellectual impairment).
It is important, therefore, to have a basic understanding
of how communication can be affected following brain injury, as well as strategies to facilitate better communication.
At the end of this
module, you should be able to:
2.1 explain different
forms of communication and how we use them
on your experience of communication difficulties
2.3 identify three
principal sources of communication difficulties
to the communication areas of the brain
to the cognitive areas of the brain
to the brain's frontal lobe causing social communication deficits
2.4 identify communication
problems that result from damage to the communication areas
of the brain
communication/cognitive problems that result from a TBI
social communication deficits that may result from frontal lobe damage
possible strategies for dealing with communication problems resulting
2 compiled by:
Compiled by past
BIRU Speech Pathologists including
Leisa Elliott, Joanne Reid, Gillian Giles,
Kathryn Gorman, Nicholas Behn, Sarah Cotter,
Tia Croft, Nicole Simon and Manal Nasreddine
Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit
Liverpool Hospital, Sydney