Tasha's Speech Therapy Tips
Tasha Gebhart, Speech Therapist 

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September is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Month.  According the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association, a TBI is a brain injury caused by sudden damage to the brain. Some common causes of TBI are falls, car accidents, being hit by or running into an object, violent assaults, sports-related injuries, or military combat injuries.

In many cases, TBI can be prevented. TBI prevention methods include;

  • Wearing a seat belt in a motor vehicle

  • Use an appropriate child safety seat or a booster

  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs

  • Wearing a helmet when on a bicycle, motorcycle, scooter, snowmobile and other open unrestrained vehicles

  • Wear a helmet when participating in contact sports

  • Wear a helmet when horseback riding

  • Wear a helmet while skiing, snowboarding, skating and skateboarding

  • Use the rails on stairways

  • Provide adequate lighting, especially on stairs for people with poor vision or who have difficulty walking

  • Place bars on windows to prevent children from falling

  • Sit on safe stools

  • Do not place obstacles in walking pathways

  • Keep guns locked in a cabinet

  • Store guns unloaded

  • Store ammunition apart from guns