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By building upon the work of former researchers, Dahlberg, Cusick, Hawley, Newman, Morey, Harrison-Felix, and Whiteneck (2007) aimed to identify the effectiveness of group treatment to enhance social communication skills of individuals who sustained traumatic brain injury (TBI). The authors posited that individuals would improve pragmatic communication deficits, improve social integration skills, and maintain abilities for at least 6 months post-treatment. Social communication skills are delineated as pragmatic language skills, social behaviors, and cognitive abilities necessary to enhance social relationships. Expanding upon previous research to create validity is an important task in research. Several aspects of group treatment after TBI remain unidentified, and further investigation can possibly uncover different treatment approaches to enrich the lives of individuals inflicted by communicative deficits. It is imperative to discover functional treatment methods to improve appropriate communication, which is dependent on the application of substantial linguistic skills. Participants were recruited randomly by mail through a list of former patients at the physical/medical rehabilitation center. Additionally, community-based brain injury programs and rehabilitation centers were also notified for potential participants. Of the 882 individuals recruited, 134 people responded with interest in the study. Eligibility requirements for participation in this study included (a) had an acquired TBI; (b) discharged from a rehabilitation center signifying moderate to severe injury; (c) at least one year post injury; (d) between 18-65 years of age; (e) functioning at or above required cognitive skills; (f) possessed functional receptive... ... middle of paper ... ...y evidence that clinicians and family members can work together in creating positive communication skills for individuals with TBI. In my opinion, there is limited research that provides structured treatment in the social domain for acute consequences of TBI. The majority of research is dedicated to the cognitive and physical functions, but neglect to understand the risk of impairments in social functions. Adequate social functions impact our abilities to interact with peers, participate in activities, and appreciate life. Works Cited Dahlberg, C. A., Cusick, C. P., Hawley, L. A., Newman, J. K., Morey, C. E., Harrison-Felix, C. L., et al. (2007). Treatment efficacy of social communication skills training after traumatic brain injury: A randomized treatment and deferred treatment controlled trial. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 88, 1561–1573.
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