TBIconneCT Clinician Manual: Connecting People Living with Traumatic Brain Injury to Conversation Training
Written by Professor Leanne Togher and Associate Professor Emma Power
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The TBIconneCT program is designed to improve conversations after traumatic brain injury, through working with both the person with TBI and a communication partner (family member, friend or carer). The program targets social communication skills that are commonly impaired after traumatic brain injury, as well as communication support skills that family members or carers can use to create more positive conversations.
Areas covered by the TBIconneCT program include:
The TBIconneCT program is a modified version of the TBI Express program. TBIconneCT was developed by a team of researchers: notably, Professor Leanne Togher from The University of Sydney and Associate Professor Emma Power from University of Technology Sydney. The key differences between TBIconneCT and TBI Express are:
The original TBI Express program is an evidence based intervention, with demonstrated efficacy in improving conversations and reducing frequency of communication problems. Feedback from participants was also very positive. The TBIconneCT program has also demonstrated positive outcomes in improving communication for people with traumatic brain injury in a pilot study. A clinical trial of the TBIconneCT program has now been completed with positive outcomes (see TBIconneCT YouTube channel for updates on publication of trial findings). Prior to publication, the clinician manual was road-tested by speech-language pathologists to ensure development of a user-friendly clinical resource. The TBIconneCT kit comprises a clinician manual and USB, including slides of module content, printable handouts, video resources and clinician notes to support delivery of each module.