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Speech and Communication with TBI friend

Hello, I am starting to help a friend who had a TBI last year. She has not had a lot of treatment in the past year due to hardships on her family. She is currently bed bound and has developed some physical contractures. I am working with her as a PT to help her ROM and movement. She has not been able to verbalize anything yet but is able to connect through eye movements and is making gains such as nodding her head "yes/no" but on very limited occasions. She tried to say, "Hi," last session She understands commands to move her arm, hand, fingers, and toes and is able to do this. We are looking for more ways to help her communicate better through technology and possibly writing. I am looking for some ideas on how to bring her out of this shell she is in because I know she is in there and wanting to make contact. Do any of you have ideas you can share, simple or even technology resources that may help? Thank you in advance!

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I've had a stroke and aphasia.

This has helped: react2.com

Good luck

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Thank you so much! It looks like a great resource!

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No problem.

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Please phone Headway on 0808 800 2244 for information on brain rehab/therapy centres which can offer useful practical advice.

Best wishes............

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Thank you!!

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helpingafriend17 before my stroke, i worked with adults with learning disabilities and the language through out the country is a simple finger language called makaton.

you can keep it very simple, toilet, drink eat biscuit etc

let me know how you get on

steve

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Thank you! I will definitely look into this!

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helpingafriend17 have a word with social services or your gp

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TEXT TO SPEACH PROG @ nch.com.au/verbose

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