OCTOBER 9 – Behavioral – Gina England, MA, CCC-SLP
Cognitive management vs. traditional behavior management techniques.
The sequellae of traumatic brain injury often include emerging behaviors that challenge the survivor's quest for renewed independence. Behaviors such as impulsivity, aggression, depression and social inappropriateness become barriers to emotional, social and vocational recovery. Too often the survivor is defined by these behaviors which are attributed as a natural response to the "injury". In truth, many of the persistent challenging behaviors of TBI can be directly related to a specific cognitive deficit. Traditional behavior management techniques address the associated behavior, but not necessarily what is "driving" the behavior. Today's presentation will focus on those cognitive deficits that are most likely to "drive' these behaviors and will offer participants suggestions and strategies on how to neutralize the behavioral responses to these deficits in executive cognitive skills. Illustrative case histories will be incorporated to demonstrate how the right strategy can effectively assist the survivor to moderate their own behavior through improved cognitive functions.
Marriot Courtyard & Grappone Conference Center
70 Constitution Ave, Concord, NH 03301
Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire 52 Pleasant St., Concord, New Hampshire 03301