Social and Communication Disorders Following Traumatic Brain Injury

2nd Edition

Edited by Skye McDonald, Leanne Togher, Chris Code

© 2014 – Psychology Press

420 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can seriously disrupt the social and communication skills that are basic requirements for everyday life. It is the loss of these interpersonal skills that can be the most devastating for people with TBI and their families. Although there are many books that focus upon TBI, none focus on communication and communication skills specifically. This book fills this important gap in the literature and provides information ranging from a broad overview of the nature of pathology following TBI and its effects on cognition and behaviour, through to the latest evidence about ways to assess and treat social and communication disorders.

Much has changed in the field of communication disorders and TBI since the first edition of this book was published in 1999. There have been advances in neuroimaging, providing more accurate understanding of how the brain is damaged in TBI and also insights into its repair. There has been a burgeoning interest in social cognition, and advances in how communication is conceptualized, with a particular focus on the role of how context facilitates or impedes communicative ability. Most importantly, much has changed in the arena of rehabilitation. There is now a growing evidence base of treatments aimed at improving communication problems following TBI, new resources for accessing this information and renewed interest in different kinds of methods for demonstrating treatment effects.

Bringing together a range of expert international researchers interested in understanding the nature and treatment of TBI this book covers topics from understanding how the brain damage occurs, how it affects social and communication skills and how these problems might be treated. As such it will be of great interest to clinicians, postgraduate and undergraduate students and researchers in neuropsychology, speech and language pathology.

Table of Contents

1. Social and Communication disorders following traumatic brain injury Leanne Togher, Skye McDonald and Chris Code 2: Traumatic Brain Injury: Basic Features Skye McDonald, Leanne Togher, and Chris Code 3. The nature of cognitive deficits and psychosocial function following TBI Skye McDonald, Leanne Togher, and Chris Code 4. Cognitive communication disability following TBI: Examining discourse, pragmatics, behaviour and executive functioning Leanne Togher, Skye McDonald, Carl A. Coelho, Lindsay Byom 5. Disorders of social cognition and social behaviour following severe TBI Skye McDonald, Cynthia Honan, Michelle Kelly, Lindsey Byom, Jacqueline Rushby 6. A theoretical approach to understanding social dysfunction in children and adolescents with TBI Vicki Anderson , Miriam Beauchamp , Stefanie Rosema, and Cheryl Soo 7. Issues in the assessment and treatment of cognitive communication disorders in children with TBI Lindsey J. Byom, Kristen M. Allison, and Lyn S. Turkstra 8. Dysarthria in children and adults with TBI Angela Morgan and Bruce Murdoch 9. Higher-Level Cognitive-Communication Approaches in Chronic TBI to Harness Brain Plasticity Lori G. Cook, Asha Vas, and Sandra B. Chapman 10. Evidence-based Practice and Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy Mary R.T. Kennedy 11 - Communication and Social Skills Training Cynthia (Dahlberg) Braden 12. Training communication partners of people with TBI: Communication really is a two way process Leanne Togher 13. Using single-case methodology to treat social-pragmatic communication disorders Robyn L Tate, Vanessa Aird, and Christine Taylor

About the Editors

Skye McDonald is Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of New South Wales. She is an experienced clinical neuropsychologist and a senior researcher specializing in disorders of communication, social cognition and emotion following traumatic brain injury. McDonald has over 100 peer reviewed research studies focusing on these topics. She leads a Centre of Research Excellence in psychosocial rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury and is Associate Editor of the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.

Leanne Togher is Professor of Communication Disorders following Traumatic Brain Injury, Senior Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council and Principal Research Fellow of the University of Sydney. Togher is widely known for her work characterizing discourse and communication disorders post-TBI. Togher has published over 80 peer reviewed journal articles, and serves on a number of editorial boards, including the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, Aphasiology, Brain Impairment and Brain Injury.

Chris Code is a Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, and the British Psychological Society. He trained as a speech–language pathologist–therapist with degrees in psychology and linguistics. He is a Professorial Research Fellow in Psychology at the University of Exeter, Foundation Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders (Hon) at the University of Sydney and co-founding Editor of Aphasiology. Research interests include the neuropsychology of language and speech, psychosocial consequences, recovery and treatment of aphasia.

About the Series

Brain, Behaviour and Cognition

From being an area primarily on the periphery of mainstream behavioural and cognitive science, neuropsychology has developed in recent years into an area of central concern for a range of disciplines.

We are witnessing not only a revolution in the way in which brain-behaviour-cognition relationships are viewed, but also a widening of interest concerning developments in neuropsychology on the part of a range of workers in a variety of fields.

Major advances in brain-imaging techniques and the cognitive modelling of the impairments following brain injury promise a wider understanding of the nature of the representation of cognition and behaviour in the damaged and undamaged brain.

Neuropsychology is now centrally important for those working with brain-damaged people, but the very rate of expansion in the area makes it difficult to keep with findings from the current research.

The aim of the Brain, Behaviour and Cognition series is to publish a wide range of books that present comprehensive and up-to-date overviews of current developments in specific areas of interest.

These books will be of particular interest to those working with the brain-damaged. It is the editors' intention that undergraduates, postgraduates, clinicians and researchers in psychology, speech pathology, and medicine will find this series a useful source of information on important current developments.

The authors and editors of the books in the series are experts in their respective fields, working at the forefront of contemporary research. They have produced texts that are accessible and scholarly. We thank them for their contribution and their hard work in fulfilling the aims of the series.

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PSYCHOLOGY / Neuropsychology