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How to Communicate with Persons with Acquired Brain Injury

May 22 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm

Communication is an active process by which people exchange information, ideas, needs, and desires.
Communication requires a sender and a receiver. It involves encoding a concept (the sender), transmitting that concept (the sender), and decoding the intended concept (the receiver). Communication breakdowns are common after such acquired brain injuries (ABIs) as anoxia, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and tumor. This presentation will focus on the steps involved in successful communication, causes of ABI communication breakdowns, and strategies to prevent as well as repair such breakdowns in everyday life.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this training, program participants will be able to:

1. List the steps involved in successful communication

2. Describe common everyday communication breakdowns caused by anoxia, aphasia, traumatic brain injury, and tumor

3. Explain evidence-supported strategies to prevent and to repair communication breakdowns in everyday life situations

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