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Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation:
doi: 10.1097/HTR.0b013e3181dc82c1
Special Communication

The Role of Speech‐Language Pathology and Audiology in the Optimal Management of the Service Member Returning From Iraq or Afghanistan With a Blast‐Related Head Injury: Position of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Clinical Trials Research Group

Cherney, Leora R. PhD; Gardner, Patricia JD; Logemann, Jeri A. PhD; Newman, Lisa A. ScD; O'Neil-Pirozzi, Therese ScD; Roth, Carole R. PhD; Solomon, Nancy Pearl PhD

Section Editor(s): McCulloch, Karen L. PT, PhD, NCS

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Abstract

This position paper, prepared by the Communication Sciences and Disorders Clinical Trails Research Group, describes communication and swallowing disorders associated with blast injuries and delineates the roles of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and audiologists in the management of these deficits. Recovery of individuals with mild, moderate, or severe swallowing, speech, hearing, and cognitive-communication impairments is best facilitated by a team of multidisciplinary specialists including SLPs and audiologists. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists have the knowledge and skills to evaluate, treat, and research swallowing, speech, hearing, and cognitive-communication functions, and they should have a primary role in determining the clinical management of, research agenda for, and public health policies regarding individuals with blast-related head injuries from the time of injury to their return to maximized life participation and quality of life.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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