Med SLP Bundle: Brain Injury Education for Patients, Staff, Family, and Caregivers (Pack 2)
This bundle comes with 22 tools for speech-language pathologists working with people who have survived a brain injury. This bundle includes:
This handout describes what a stroke is and visually distinguishes the difference between an ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. Contains information about trans-ischemic attacks, signs/symptoms of stroke, and causes of stroke. Written in a family-friendly format, this handout is designed for speech-language pathologists to share with staff, family, friends, patients, and caregivers in the context of a rehabilitation setting.
Apps to Increase Independence After a Brain Injury
Phone and tablet apps can help increase independence with cognitive tasks after a brain injury. This list of apps addresses memory, medication management, diabetes management, money calculation, speech to text, spaced retrieval training, and time management. These apps can be trained by speech-language pathologists and other rehabilitation specialists in rehabilitation settings to address functional cognitive-linguistic goals.
Traumatic Brain Injury Classifications
This handout is designed for rehabilitation therapists working with people who have survived traumatic brain injuries. The two page handout features a description of the classification of traumatic brain injury as well as symptoms by severity.
Causes and Long-Term Outlook of Post-Operative Cognitive Dysfunction
This handout is designed for rehabilitation therapists encountering post-operative cognitive dysfunction in a rehabilitation setting. Often, patients continue to experience cognitive dysfunction after undergoing surgery and while in rehabilitation therapy. This can present from mild symptoms, including poor working memory and poor attention/focus, to more severe symptoms, including severe memory impairments that put the patient at risk for further decline in function. While the etiology of this condition is not fully understood, this handout aims to provide patients, family, caregivers, and staff with important information about the causes and long-term outlook of this condition, which can be very costly, both financially and emotionally to patients and their families.
Acquired Brain Injury
This handout is designed for rehabilitation therapists working with survivors of acquired brain injury. The handout is targeted for patients, staff, and caregivers, and outlines five major causes of acquired brain injury, including strokes, tumors, infections, brain hemorrhage, and loss of oxygen.
Alertness and Attention
"Why are we doing this?" is a common question asked by patients in cognitive rehabilitation therapy to address attention. Attention remains the foundation of all cognitively based tasks and is a fundamental concept to communicate to patients before beginning therapy. This handout is designed for rehabilitation therapists working with people on the different types of attention in order to move on to more complex cognitive tasks. The handout provides a definition and concrete examples of each type of attention.
The Visual Fields and the Brain
This handout is designed for rehabilitation therapists working with patients who have survived brain damage that causes confusing visual field cuts. This handout outlines the pathway of the visual fields as they travel from the light rays entering the eyeball to the occipital lobe at the back of the brain. This helps clarify why certain left or right brain injuries will have different kinds of field cuts on the same or opposite sides of the brain, depending on location of damage.
This handout is designed for rehabilitation therapists working with patients who have survived brain injury and provides health literacy information regarding the brain's ability to reorganize itself through structural and functional neuroplasticity. The handout is meant to improve insight and understanding into the need for repetition and intensity of tasks in the structured therapy environment.
Brain Injuries and Headaches
This handout is designed for speech language pathologists and other rehabilitation therapists working with people who have survived traumatic brain injuries and are experiencing chronic headaches. The handout features a simple pain scale and outlines the use of the rule of 2 in order to reduce the frequency of headaches s/p TBI.
Hyponatremia is a life-threatening condition that can occur after a brain injury. This handout describes what the condition is, how to spot it, what affect the condition has on the brain, and why it's important to report these signs and symptoms to a physician immediately. Designed for staff and caregivers in homes/facilities that treat people with brain injuries.
Falls and Recurrent Brain Injuries: Why Both Should Be Avoided
Falls continue to be one of the most pressing concerns in medical facilities, as they come at a high cost, financially, medically, and emotionally. This handout provides statistics regarding falls and highlights how falls are related to brain injuries and cognitive decline. A must read for anyone doubting the need for significant fall precautions while in a medical facility.
Perseveration can be a confusing and frustrating symptom of brain injury for patients and their family and friends. This handout is designed to describe the neurological basis for perseveration, including why it happens as well as examples of how it manifests throughout the day. The handout offers suggestions for what to do when someone is perseverating.
Brain Injury and Nutrition
People who have survived brain injury require higher nutritional intake during recovery. This handout describes why and outlines some of the barriers and strategies to addressing these needs. Appropriate for staff, caregivers, patients, and family.
Preventing Recurrent Strokes
After surviving a stroke, a top question in the minds of many survivors is: How can I prevent another stroke from happening? This handout combines the latest research regarding recurrent strokes and encourages patients to engage in positive health choices that prevent another stroke from happening.
Executive Functions (+ list of EF assessment tools)
This resource describes what executive functions are to educate patients and their caregivers. Includes information about attention, processing speed, regulation, awareness, initiation, response inhibition, self-monitoring, mental flexibility, organization, sequencing, working memory, and planning. Second page includes a list of assessments specifically designed for targeting executive functions.
The Cerebellum and Speech Therapy
This material describes why a speech-language pathologist may be consulted to work with a person who has had a lesion in their cerebellum.
Hypoxic Brain Injuries
This handout describes causes and symptoms of hypoxic and anoxic brain injuries.
Visual Neglect vs. Visual Field Cut
Visual impairments after brain injury can be confusing. This handout helps clarify the difference between classic presentations of visual neglect vs. visual field cuts.
Role of the Insula in the Brain
The insula is the underrated part of the brain unknown to many. It is responsible for many vital pieces of our daily activities such as our self-awareness, emotions, some senses, contributes to motor control, and complex speech. This handout provides knowledge about this important part of the insula and hopes to expand the appreciation of it.
How We Create New Memories
Attention and memory impairments are common cognitive deficits following brain injury. This resource describes how these two skills relate and the three stages of memory, encoding, storage, and retrieval.
Determining Prognosis After Brain Injury
This resource helps speech-language pathologists, patients, and caregivers understand what factors can impact the prognosis of improvement and recovery following brain injury. These factors should be considered when generating goals and plan of care.
10 Ways to Support Your Recovery (Inside and Outside the Treatment Room)
Recovery doesn't stop at the threshold of the therapy room. This handout is designed for rehabilitation therapists working with patients who are recovering from brain injury. It lays out 10 concrete ways that they can support neuroplasticity and maximize recovery from brain injury.
Full access PDF is $110. Once purchased, you may save to your computer and print as many times as needed for your clinical practice.
Please note that PDFs are not easily opened, saved, or manipulated on phones or tablets. We recommend only downloading on a computer after purchase. Digital download links will be available after payment on the checkout page and in your order confirmation via email. You will have 5 download attempts over 1 month to access the file. Only the purchaser may access and use the file for their own clinical practice.
It is ok to:
- Share a printed copy of this resource with a patient/client, their family members and friends, and non-SLP/OT/PT related staff such as nursing, home healthcare providers, physicians, CNAs, social services, dietitians, activities teams, teachers, caregivers, etc.
- Digitally share the file via online, secure, HIPAA-compliant teletherapy software platforms to any of the people listed in the above point in the context of teletherapy.
It is not ok to:
- Share any digital copy with clients outside of the context of teletherapy.
- Store these files in any publicly accessible online storage system, such as a shared Google drive or other online storage service.
- To share these files with other SLP/OT/PT related colleagues or friends. Please refer, don’t share.
Tech specs: Digital download. 24 pages + cover page. 8.5 x 11 inches. PDF format. 131 MB.