Offering diagnosis and treatment of communication, hearing, and swallowing disorders
Published: May 10, 2011
Updated: Nov. 3, 2011
When a child suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a hospital stay is likely required for moderate or severe trauma.
The hospital may be an unfamiliar and stressful place for a child with a TBI. Knowing strategies and tips for improved communication and how to create a more comfortable environment may help put a child at ease and, therefore, facilitate recovery.
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are communication experts who provide rehabilitative services, both in the hospital and after discharge, to patients who have sustained a TBI.
Your SLP can work with your family on these strategies and tailor them to your child's particular needs.
Follow these tips when communicating with your child following a TBI:
To learn more about the stages of recovery your child will go through and suggestions for how you can interact with him or her, read the "Pediatric Guide to the Rancho Scale" care guide.
The hospital room should be kept quiet and free from bright lights and distraction. Some tips for keeping the hospital room conducive to healing: