Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Proactive Intervention

Third Edition

Roberta DePompei, Jean Blosser

Details: 234 pages, B&W, Softcover, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-041-7

© 2019 | Available

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Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Proactive Intervention, Third Edition presents a unique philosophy for assessing and treating children and adolescents with traumatic brain injury.

The text is written for the many service providers and families who support children or adolescents with TBI. The road to recovery after an injury or illness can be challenging and complicated. The authors' proactive approach encourages strong collaborative partnerships that encourage family, healthcare, and education providers to join forces in order to acquire the insights, knowledge, and tools needed to identify problems and implement personalized solutions. Readers will gain valuable resources and information about extending services beyond the walls of hospital and school settings. The authors stress the importance of focusing on cognitive-communication skills and supporting reintegration and functional success in home, school, community and work situations.

The authors build readers' understanding of the causes, characteristics, and impact of pediatric TBI. Functional assessment and treatment approaches are recommended to facilitate positive reintegration experiences. The text illustrates the challenges students face when confronted with demands and expectations in social and academic situations. Educators and healthcare providers will recognize the value of interprofessional collaboration and be motivated to employ problem solving approaches.

Key Features

  • Provides practical resources, forms, and handouts that can be personalized and shared with families and colleagues
  • Presents a framework for developing Individualized Transition and Individual Family Service Plans
  • Recommends topics for professional development
  • Includes information on returning to learning following concussion


This is the third edition of this excellent textbook. The title truly defines the content of this book and its remarkable compilation of proactive interventions written by two international experts on children and youth with traumatic brain injuries. This well-organized book will carefully guide professionals from a variety of disciplines (education, speech/language, psychology, rehabilitation therapies) and treatment settings (hospitals, clinics, schools, home) regarding new research in best practices via a practical and functional treatment model. DePompei and Blosser have organized their book into four major sections with ten chapters in all. Each section and the accompanying chapters set forth the scope of the problem, assessing cognitive-communicative strengths/needs, treatment strategies, and application of these strategies.[…]
Of special note are the contributions regarding gist, discourse analysis and strategic learning provided by Dr. Sandi Chapman and Dr. Lori Cook. Their discussions of these topics enhance specific language and cognitive communication issues that are discussed throughout the text.

In sum, this book is highly recommended for brain injury professionals, both for its treatment philosophy and its many practical and proactive strategies. The authors have successfully made each edition better than the previous one. Professionals will find this textbook to be a wonderful resource that one ‘keeps on the desk’ because you will find yourself continually using the many strategies, tables, forms, and checklists provided throughout.”

—Ron Savage, EdD, in Brain Injury Professional (June 2020)

Prologue: There's No Place Like Home

Part I. Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Understanding the Problem and Developing a Philosophy of Treatment
Chapter 1. The Scope of the Problem
Chapter 2. A Philosophy for Treatment
Chapter 3. The Power of Collaboration
Chapter 4. Quality of Life Issues

Part II. Assessing Cognitive-Communicative Strengths and Needs: A Problem-Solving Approach
Chapter 5. Understanding Individual Cognitive-Communicative Capabilities
Chapter 6. Scanning and Analyzing the Environment and People in the Environment

Part III. Treatment of Cognitive-Communicative Strengths and Needs: An Interactive Approach
Chapter 7. Making Communication Work
Chapter 8. Modifying the Communication Environment
Chapter 9. Educational Issues: Planning for School Success

Part IV. Applying the Proactive Approach
Chapter 10. A Guide for Implementation: A Case Example

Epilogue: Down the Yellow Brick Road
Appendix A. PDA Intervention Plan
Appendix B. Cognitive-Communication Areas: General Behaviors, Social Behaviors, Expressive Language, Receptive Language, and Written Language
Appendix C. Language Demands of the Curriculum: Implications for Students with Traumatic Brain Injury

Roberta DePompei

Roberta DePompei, CCC-SLP/A, PhD, ASHA Fellow is a retired Distinguished Professor, Interim Dean of the College of Health Professions, and Director of the School of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Akron. Her major areas of research and interest are in cognitive-communicative challenges to individuals with brain injury and the impact of brain injury on the family system. She is a leading advocate for youths with TBI and their families. Internationally known for her research and presentations, Roberta is recognized for developing innovative approaches for functional community inclusion. She believes she has learned the most from families who have shared their lives with her over the years.

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Jean Blosser

Jean L. Blosser, EdD, CCC-SLP/R, ASHA Fellow, NAP Fellow, is an SLP, entrepreneur, author, and leader in school services. She is passionate about creating systems to foster positive outcomes for children with communication disabilities through a combination of evidence-based practice, educationally relevant intervention, spectrum of approaches for service delivery, and interprofessional collaboration. Dr. Blosser encourages education colleagues to provide high quality, outcomes-based instruction for children with disabilities. To Dr. Blosser, collaboration is essential! As President of Blosser Consulting, she consults nationally with schools, universities, professional organizations, and education staffing and product businesses to develop solutions to service delivery challenges. Her awards include Fellow of The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, The American Council on Education, and the National Academies of Practice. She has published many resources to support parents and teachers including Let’s Talk Today! A Calendar of Daily Activities for Developing Language Skills at Home and Let’s Celebrate and Learn Each Day! Her career experiences have included Associate Provost, Speech and Hearing Center Director, Professor at The University of Akron, and VP of Therapy Programs and Quality at a national education solutions company. She serves on several national committees and advisory councils.

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