Cognitive Therapy (Speech Therapy)
Cognitive issues are common after concussion. A cognitive therapist is trained to treat cognitive and/or communication difficulties following concussion. It is often done by a speech therapist although not always. This treatment includes a variety of activities and approaches to best address each patient's specific needs. It will be in the clinic and at home. Therapeutic activities can include card games, apps, and puzzles making cognitive therapy a little more fun. Cognitive therapist can also provide great guidance in returning to learn (school/work) safely and successfully. Cognitive and communication deficits are common in post concussion and are TREATABLE with cognitive therapy. Find a speech therapist in your area to get started today.
SYMPTOMS include but not limited to:
- Communication: difficulty finding your words, trouble in conversations, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, reading comprehension, expressive aphasia (talking jibberish).
- Cognitive: memory, attention, concentration, timelines/sequencing, organization.
This treatment was suggested by Molly Parker
My Speech therapist at University of Vermont (UVM) was nice. She really explained to me how my injury was impacting my energy reserves. However, since I could not read and write much at the time it left us with not much to do. I think the connection was good and I learned some things, but it was not appropriate for the severity of my light, noise, and vision complications.
I found speech therapy at Wentworth Douglas Hospital (WDH) somewhat helpful in reminding me of skills I could implement to navigate some of the memory issues I was having. I also found them helpful in explaining why I was making mistakes in my speech from my injury and how to go about coping with that. They were really understanding of symptoms but the severity of my light and noise sensitivity prevented me from continuing the program for very long.
I have done speech therapy with Dawn Bossarte at Community Outpatient Rehabilitation Center (CORC) for attention and memory treatment. I have learned strategies I can use in my everyday life to help with my focus and as a direct result my memory has improved. For example, I have trouble focusing on one task, like cleaning, so I set timers in each section and as each timer goes off I move from section to section. I am more efficient and I do not loose track of my spot, as I am a stay at home mother and we can get distracted easily. I also have a master calendar each family member uses. We have all of our schedules posted and I am able to keep track of all duties. I also keep a notebook full of notes which I reference throughout the day as things come up that need to be done. I learned all of these strategies from speech therapy.
Kelsie Igasan/Dawn Bossarte