We should consult a doctor or approach some emergency unit post any head injury. Doctor can order tests such as MRI or CT Scan to observe our brain. An SLP or speech language pathologist can test our speech, language & ability to think. SLPs can test our social skills & observe how well we can chew & swallow.
After testing, an SLP may work with us for improving our skills. What we do in treatment could depend on problems we have.
In an early phase post a TBI, the treatment would focus on:-
When we get more aware, the treatment can focus on:-
Later on, the treatment shall focus on:-
After some while, the treatment can include:-
Some individuals are unable to speak clearly post a TBI, for a long period. Our SP can suggest that we use some other ways of talking, such as computers or picture boards. This is augmentative or alternative communication AAC. Treatment shall emphasize on helping us improve our AAC device.
SLP can recommend that we try different foods if we have problems chewing or even swallowing. We can try different head positions or the different ways of swallowing so that we do not cough or choke. The objective is to ensure we eat & drink safely.