Assessment of Cognitive-Communication Disorders in Adults with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) has been in the news lately, particularly mTBI in school-aged children, professional athletes, and service members and veterans. College students have received less attention, but college students also are at high risk for mTBI, and lasting impairments can have major effects on academic performance. Speech-language ... Article
Article  |   January 01, 2015
Assessment of Cognitive-Communication Disorders in Adults with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Heather Krug
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
  • Lyn S. Turkstra
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
  • Financial Disclosure: Heather Krug is Clinical associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lyn S. Turkstra is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
    Financial Disclosure: Heather Krug is Clinical associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lyn S. Turkstra is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.×
  • Nonfinancial Disclosure: Heather Krug has previously published in the subject area. Lyn Turkstra has previously published in the subject area.
    Nonfinancial Disclosure: Heather Krug has previously published in the subject area. Lyn Turkstra has previously published in the subject area.×
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Article   |   January 01, 2015
Assessment of Cognitive-Communication Disorders in Adults with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, January 2015, Vol. 25, 17-35. doi:10.1044/nnsld25.1.17
History: Received September 8, 2014 , Revised December 19, 2014 , Accepted December 22, 2014
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, January 2015, Vol. 25, 17-35. doi:10.1044/nnsld25.1.17
History: Received September 8, 2014; Revised December 19, 2014; Accepted December 22, 2014

Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) has been in the news lately, particularly mTBI in school-aged children, professional athletes, and service members and veterans. College students have received less attention, but college students also are at high risk for mTBI, and lasting impairments can have major effects on academic performance. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) can play an important role in supporting college students with mTBI, and several universities are developing concussion clinics directed by SLPs. In this paper, we describe our experience developing an SLP-run college concussion clinic in collaboration with peers and other team members. We present our protocol for assessment and guidelines for management and referral.

Acknowledgements
The authors wish to thank Kathryn Hardin, Dr. Kristin King, and Dr. Rebecca Morgan for sharing information about their own concussion clinics, which are a model for academic concussion clinics; Dana Longstreth and Peggy Rosin, co-founders of the UW-Madison Clinic; and the members of the mTBI Assessment Sub-Committee of the Department of Defense/Department of the Navy/Veterans Administration committee to develop practice guidelines for mTBI, for contributing to Table 1.
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