About The book

Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Proactive Intervention, Third Edition presents a unique philosophy for assessing and treating children and adolescents with traumatic brain injury.

The text is written for the many service providers and families who support children or adolescents with TBI. The road to recovery after an injury or illness can be challenging and complicated. The authors’ proactive approach encourages strong collaborative partnerships that encourage family, healthcare, and education providers to join forces in order to acquire the insights, knowledge, and tools needed to identify problems and implement personalized solutions. Readers will gain valuable resources and information about extending services beyond the walls of hospital and school settings. The authors stress the importance of focusing on cognitive-communication skills and supporting reintegration and functional success in home, school, community and work situations.

The authors build readers’ understanding of the causes, characteristics, and impact of pediatric TBI. Functional assessment and treatment approaches are recommended to facilitate positive reintegration experiences. The text illustrates the challenges students face when confronted with demands and expectations in social and academic situations. Educators and healthcare providers will recognize the value of interprofessional collaboration and be motivated to employ problem solving approaches.

Key Features

  • Provides practical resources, forms, and handouts that can be personalized and shared with families and colleagues
  • Presents a framework for developing Individualized Transition and Individual Family Service Plans
  • Recommends topics for professional development
  • Includes information on returning to learning following concussion

About The Authors

Roberta DePompei, CCC-SLP/A, PhD, ASHA Fellow is a retired Distinguished Professor, Interim Dean of the College of Health Professions, and Director of the School of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Akron. Her major areas of research and interest are in cognitive-communicative challenges to individuals with brain injury and the impact of brain injury on the family system. She is a leading advocate for youths with TBI and their families. Internationally known for her research and presentations, Roberta is recognized for developing innovative approaches for functional community inclusion. She believes she has learned the most from families who have shared their lives with her over the years.

Jean Blosser, CCC-SLP, EdD, ASHA Fellow is passionate about creating systems in our schools that ensure educationally relevant and outcomes-based services. To Jean, collaboration is essential!  Her career has taken many interesting twists and turns. She is an internationally recognized author, speaker and entrepreneur. As President of Creative Strategies for Special Education, Jean guides organizations to develop innovative solutions to difficult challenges. Previous leadership positions included Associate Provost, Speech and Hearing Center Director, Professor Emerita at The University of Akron and VP, Therapy Programs and Quality, of an education solutions company. Throughout her career Jean has fostered change in service delivery practices and motivated professionals to make a difference in students’ lives.

Table of Contents

Prologue: There’s No Place Like Home

Part I. Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Understanding the Problem and Developing a Philosophy of Treatment
Chapter 1. The Scope of the Problem
Chapter 2. A Philosophy for Treatment
Chapter 3. The Power of Collaboration
Chapter 4. Quality of Life Issues

Part II. Assessing Cognitive-Communicative Strengths and Needs: A Problem-Solving Approach
Chapter 5. Understanding Individual Cognitive-Communicative Capabilities
Chapter 6. Scanning and Analyzing the Environment and People in the Environment

Part III. Treatment of Cognitive-Communicative Strengths and Needs: An Interactive Approach
Chapter 7. Making Communication Work
Chapter 8. Modifying the Communication Environment
Chapter 9. Educational Issues: Planning for School Success

Part IV. Applying the Proactive Approach
Chapter 10. A Guide for Implementation: A Case Example

Epilogue: Down the Yellow Brick Road
Appendix A. PDA Intervention Plan
Appendix B. Cognitive-Communication Areas: General Behaviors, Social Behaviors, Expressive Language, Receptive Language, and Written Language
Appendix C. Language Demands of the Curriculum: Implications for Students with Traumatic Brain Injury


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