Treatment for Cognitive Disorders following TBI

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Presenter: Kristen King, PhD, CCC-SLP

Course Preview:
In a TBI population, cognitive changes are often the most salient features after traumatic brain injury of any severity, and they typically contribute more to a persisting disability than do physical impairments. These changes may include negative impacts on attention, memory, processing speed, and multiple other aspects of cognition and language. However, the cognitive aspects of brain injury and their impact on language and everyday function are often overlooked for various reasons. This presentation will present current methods for therapeutic interventions for the rehabilitation of adults following brain injury, in multiple settings. Techniques discussed will be reinforced through the instructional methods of: PowerPoint presentation and audience participation in treatment techniques.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify various indicators of deficits in attention, memory, processing speed, and language at all severity levels of brain injury
  • Determine the hierarchy of treatment protocols for rehabilitation of cognitive and language deficits following brain injury
  • Verbalize and demonstrate treatment techniques for various cognitive and language deficits
About Kristen: Kristen King, PhD, CCC-SLP, joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee in August of 2008 where she is an assistant professor and Director of the Tennessee State Lead Center for Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury. She also has been appointed to both the national and international medical advisory boards on TBI for the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation. She received the William Webster Endowment Fund Award for neuroscience research.

She currently teaches courses on both children and adults, including cognition and brain injury, motor speech disorders, medical speech pathology, and more. She directs the Neurocognitive Linguistics Research Laboratory, where she investigates the impact of brain injury on attention, memory, processing speed, reading, and language.
Additional Information
This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional area)

Course Timeline:

90 minutes: Background and introduction to intervention
90 minutes: Application of therapeutic intervention techniques

Disclosure Statement:  
Financial: Kristin King is a speaker for and receives royalities.  
Nonfinincial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.
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