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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ellen Kadlec, BA (University of Mississippi)
Description: This book provides a review of the overall impact of traumatic brain injury (TBI) on the individual as well as on the family members. It gives an in-depth and systematic approach to addressing the cognitive-communication rehabilitation needs of the individual with TBI from acute care to community reentry. The emphasis is on rebuilding the pragmatic, functional, or daily living communication abilities of the individual to maximize social competency and functional life skills.
Purpose: The objectives is to provide a resource for strategies for the professionals and families working with individuals with TBI who have cognitive and communicative disorders. The in-depth coverage of truly functional evaluation and intervention procedures for cognitive-communicative rehabilitation within one book is a welcome addition to publications in TBI.
Audience: This resource is designed for practicing speech-language pathologists and graduate students who provide communication rehabilitation for patients with TBI. Clinicians will find that it has helpful resources for family members as well. The author is a very credible authority with extensive experience in transdisciplinary TBI rehabilitation.
Features: The extensive clinically relevant charts, checklists, etc., are excellent resources and easily put into practice. The extensive references are found at the end of the book. The 13 appendixes are a gold mine of materials for clinicians.
Assessment: This book brings together the extensive information in the cognitive-communication rehabilitation in an insightful and uniquely comprehensive form. It fills a need for functional and clinically relevant assessment and treatment methods with TBI patients. It is highly recommended as a text for graduate students in the communication sciences and disorders as well as a very practical resource for the practicing clinician.