OTTAWA, June 20, 2011 /CNW/ - As warmer temperatures and longer days
greet the official start of summer, the Canadian Association of
Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) reminds you June
is Brain Injury Awareness Month in Canada. During the coming months,
people of all ages will participate in various activities that expose
them to the threat of traumatic brain injuries. While enjoying summer
activities, experts recommend wearing appropriate headgear during
sporting activities, avoiding high-risk activities and behaviour and
wearing your seatbelt, to help prevent brain injuries.
CASLPA represents more than 5,800 speech and hearing professionals, who
have an important role to play in helping individuals recovering from
and/or coping with brain injuries. It is estimated that 80 to 100 per
cent of individuals with a brain injury will have some form of
communication disorder. Treatment by these professionals is essential,
as they "strive to help individuals with brain injury make sense of
large, complex ideas to become more concrete, clear, and accessible,"
says CASLPA member Luella Jonk, a speech-language pathologist working
in Winnipeg, MB.
"Each individual has a story. There is what was once their life, what it
is now, and what they think it will become. This occurs as they try to
reconstruct their identity. It is a journey," adds Jonk. "This journey
becomes somewhat convoluted and strained by cognitive impairments (such
as memory loss)."
Approaches to treatment and rehabilitation of brain injuries are
diverse, as each individual will experience different challenges in
speaking, swallowing, reading, listening or hearing. "Therapy helps
clients to develop a new relationship with themselves and redefine
their identity to form a realistic self-representation that includes
the impact of the injury as a significant event in their life," adds
If you or someone you know has a communication problem or limitation,
CASLPA recommends contacting a speech-language pathologist or
audiologist. For more information about the role these professionals
play in the management of communication disorders or to find a
speech-language pathologist or audiologist in your area, visit CASLPA's
website at www.speechandhearing.ca.
SOURCE Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA)
For further information:
Angie D'Aoust, CASLPA Director of Communications
1-800-259-8519, or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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