20 December 2019

Frenchay BIRU therapists invited to present at Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Following successful presentations by the Frenchay Speech and Language Team at the International Symposium for Cognitive Communication Disorders in 2018, we were invited back to present to members of the National Acquired Brain Injury SLT Clinical Excellence Network (ABICEN) on the topic of Social Cognition at the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists in London in December 2019.

Social cognition is the ability to ‘read’ other people’s thoughts and feelings and generate an appropriate social response. This skill set is commonly impaired following acquired brain injury and can have a devastating effect on an individual’s ability to form meaningful relationships throughout the rest of their life.

We spoke on the importance of therapy within this area, highlighting different treatment approaches and how they can be embedded in routine Speech and Language therapy practice. This generated lively clinical discussion and professional debate throughout the afternoon.

At Frenchay BIRU, we are in the process of developing a resource toolkit for publication that will support clinicians to treat social cognition disorders more efficiently. This project was well received at the study day and we were able to establish further contacts to enable progression towards publication.’ If you would like to find out more about our resource toolkit, please do contact us on gerry.roxburgh@huntercombe.com or katie.fahy@huntercombe.com