ASSBI Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment
Working together to improve the lives of people with brain impairment
41st ASSBI Brain Impairment Conference 2018 ADELAIDE
     $175 TBI Express: Social communication training for people with TBI and their families and friends This exciting practical multimedia resource is designed to provide speech pathologists and other health professionals with a comprehensive resource to improve the conversational skills of communication partners of people with traumatic brain injury, and also to provide conversational skills training for people with TBI directly to improve everyday communication skills. Thus, it entails two separate treatment programs that are described in detail in a manual and video demonstrations of the skills trained, which are included on a DVD. The program for Everyday Communication Partners (ECP) was designed for use with family and friends of people with TBI. It comprises seven modules over 10 sessions. Each module is divided into pre-session preparation (aims, resources to bring, what to do before, during and after the session), and appendices including participant and homework handouts). There is also a communication skills training program for people with TBI who attend treatment without a communication partner. This also comprises seven modules over 10 weekly sessions. It is also divided into pre-session preparation (aims, resources to bring, what to do before, during and after the session), and appendices (participant and home work handouts). More information can be found about TBI Express on http://sydney.edu.au/health-sciences/disability-community/tbi_express/. The efficacy of this program has been published as follows: Togher, L., McDonald, S., Tate, R., Power, E., & Rietdijk, R. (online, 2013). Training communication partners of people with traumatic brain injury improves everyday interactions: A multicenter single blind clinical trial. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 45(7), DOI: 10.2340/16501977- Sim, P., Power, E. & Togher. L. (2013). Describing conversations between individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and communication partners following communication partner training: using exchange structure analysis. Brain Injury, 27(6), 717-742. Togher, L., Power, E., Rietdijk, R. McDonald, S., & Tate, R. (2012). An exploration of participant experience of a communication training program for people with traumatic brain injury and their communication partners. Disability and Rehabilitation, 34(18), 1562–1574. Behn, N., Togher, L., Power, E. & Heard, R. (2012). Evaluating communication training for paid carers of people with traumatic brain injury, Brain Injury, 26(13–14), 1702–1715. Tu, L.V., Togher, L. & Power. E. (2011). The impact of communication partner and discourse task on a person with traumatic brain injury: The use of multiple perspectives. Brain Injury, 25(6), 560-580. Togher, L., Power, E., McDonald, S., Tate, R., & Rietdijk, R. (2010). Measuring the social interactions of people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their communication partners: the adapted Kagan scales. Aphasiology, 24, 914–927. Togher, L., Power, E., McDonald, S., Tate, R., & Rietdijk, R. (2009). Training communication partners of people with TBI: Reporting the protocol for a clinical trial. Brain Impairment, 10(2), 188-204. Cost of $175 includes postage (within Australia), handling & GST. International customers can either purchase the manual as a PDF or pay an additional $120 for courier.
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