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How can you encourage speech development after a TBI

When someone you love has been the victim of a serious car accident in Georgia that has left them with a traumatic brain injury, chances are you have spent considerable time thinking of ways that you can help him or her to heal and recover. One of the aspects of your family member's function that may have been impaired is his or her ability to speak and communicate with those around them. 

You can provide support and help encourage their healing by playing an active role in therapy and helping them to be consistent about completing the exercises they have been given to strengthen their speech development. According to healthguides.healthgrades.com, there are three specific types of exercises that are coordinated into a treatment plan to help victims of TBIs to redevelop their speech. These include the following:

  • Passive exercise such as simple stretches with the help of you or medical resources designed to provide support. You can help your family member complete these exercises and set new goals. 
  • Active exercises include drinking through a straw, learning to blow a whistle and even moving the lips and tongue to rebuild the muscles that help with every day functions such as eating and drinking. 
  • Sensory stimulation will involve hot and cold, pressure or electricity to activate your family member's senses and help them regain reactions to their senses. 

You can play an active role in encouraging your family member to redevelop his or her speech through the use of the exercises prescribed by a therapist. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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