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Communication Treatment Approaches for People with ABI



Please note, this event is now full booked.

This day will examine treatment approaches for the remediation of cognitive-communication disorders after ABI. Two main approaches will be discussed; communication partner training, and project-based treatment. Communication partner training involves working with people with ABI and their communication partners to learn strategies and techniques that help improve their conversational interactions. Project-based treatment is embedded in a context of meaningful activities chosen by people with ABI, whereby, as a group, they work collaboratively to plan and achieve a project designed to help others and improve their own communication skills and quality of life. 

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this day, participants will:

  1. Learn about the findings of the TBI Express clinical trial.
  2. Find out about freely available evidence based assessment measures of conversation.
  3. Discover free online treatment resources including the Communication Skills Toolkit.
  4. Learn how to use the communication partner training program called TBI Express.
  5. Find out the results of a project-based treatment clinical trial.
  6. Learn how to implement project-based treatment to improve communication skills and QOL in people with ABI.
  7. Learn how to set and treat individualised communication goals within a group context.

About the Presenters:

Professor Leanne Togher is a Speech Pathologist from The University of Sydney, Australia who has worked in the area of communication disorders following acquired brain injury for over 25 years. Leanne is the Professor of Communication Disorders following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), recipient of her 2nd NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship, Prinicipal Research Fellow and Research Team Leader for the Communication Sciences and Disorders team. Professor Togher holds a PhD in the area of speech pathology. She is an internationally recognised and widely published researcher, with more than 100 papers, 4 books and 20 book chapters. She has attracted a total of more than $13 million in external grant funding and has been awarded several awards for her work with various groups, including Speech Pathology Australia and the Australasian Society of the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI).

Nicholas Behn graduated as a Speech Pathologist from The University of Sydney, Australia in 1999. He has worked both in Australia and the UK with a keen interest in communication disorders following ABI. His masters research was on the effect of communication partner training for paid carers of people with TBI. His PhD research is on the efficacy of project-based treatment for improving communication skills and quality of life in people with ABI. He is a guest lecturer in brain injury at Essex University and City University London and UK Postdoc Ambassador to the Australasian Society of the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI).

Format of the Day

Registration 9:00am - 9:15am
Morning session 9:15am - 12pm; Room R101, Franklin Building, 124 Goswell Road London EC1V 7DP
Afternoon session 1:30pm - 4.30pm; Room AG07b, College Building, St John Street London EC1V 4PB
Please note that lunch and refreshments are not provided.

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When & where

9.00am - 4.30pmFriday 26th February 2016

R101 Franklin Building City, University of London 124 Goswell Road London EC1V 7DP United Kingdom

Contact Details

City Events Team

+44 (0)20 7040 8037

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