What is an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)?

Many parts of the brain are used for communication. Some help you understand what others are saying or writing, and others form your own thoughts into speech or other forms of communication. Injuring any of these parts may make communication on many levels difficult.

Individuals with an ABI have incurred their injury due to trauma or illness, such as from a car crash, sports injury, or fall. Many brain injuries are also acquired as a result of a stroke, tumour, aneurism, surgery, or any other trauma to the brain.

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and Communication Challenges

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Understanding Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) refers to damage to the brain that occurs after birth. It can result from various causes, including trauma, medical conditions, and accidents. Here are some key terms related to ABI:

    • Acquired Brain Injury (ABI): A broad term encompassing any brain injury acquired after birth.
    • Acquired Brain Damage: Refers to structural or functional changes in the brain due to injury.
    • Acquired Brain Impairment: Impairment of cognitive, motor, or sensory functions resulting from brain injury.
    • Acquired Head Injury: Damage specifically affecting the head and brain.
    • Causes of Acquired Brain Injury: Trauma (e.g., car accidents, falls), strokes, tumors, aneurysms, and surgical procedures.
    • Types of Acquired Brain Injury: Vary based on the specific brain regions affected and the severity of the injury.
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Communication Challenges Associated with ABI

Individuals with ABI may experience difficulties in several areas:

    • Speech and Language: ABI can affect speech production, making it harder to articulate words clearly. Language comprehension may also be impaired, leading to challenges in understanding what others say or write.
    • Social Communication: ABI can disrupt social interactions. Difficulties in reading social cues, maintaining conversations, and forming connections with others are common.
    • Cognitive Communication: ABI may impact memory, attention, and problem-solving abilities, affecting communication skills.

Early Intervention Matters

Early assessment and intervention are crucial. Addressing communication difficulties promptly can prevent long-term effects. Whether for children or adults, speech therapy plays a vital role in improving communication outcomes.

How Speech Therapy Centres of Canada Can Help

At Speech Therapy Centres of Canada, our team of dedicated speech-language pathologists (S-LPs) and Communication Disorders Assistants (CDAs) provides comprehensive assessments and personalized therapy programs for individuals with ABI. Our services extend to Toronto, Brampton, Scarborough, Richmond Hill, Ajax, the Greater Toronto Area, and throughout Canada.

Remember, timely intervention with speech therapy is key to success at any age. If you or a loved one is dealing with ABI-related communication challenges, reach out to us for professional support.

Following an acquired brain injury (ABI), a speech-language pathologist (S-LP) is the professional to turn to, to assess all aspects of the person’s communication profile. Speech-Language pathologists are experts in communication and trained to identify the most subtle communication deficits that may occur following an ABI.
It’s sometimes difficult to know if a client is experiencing communication issues post-accident. These are some red flags to look out for. In most cases patients were able to use these skills before the accident.

Where we work

We have a large team of Speech-language Pathologist (S-LPs) who can travel and work with clients where they are most comfortable. We also have a number of locations across the GTA and Ottawa where we can offer in-office treatment.

We employ S-LPs who are able to communicate in a variety of languages. Call our office to inquire if you require services in a language other than English.

The team at The Speech Therapy Centres of Canada is committed to helping Ontario residents who have experienced acquired brain injury. If you or your family member has experienced an ABI and you are experiencing communication challenges, we encourage you to connect with us. We are committed to helping ABI survivors experience their best life possible.

For more information, contact us at 905-886-5941 or email at info@SpeechTherapyCentres.com

Services include assessment and therapy programs that address your communication concerns after 18 years of age.

Services include assessment and therapy programs for pre-school and school-aged children up to 18 years of age.


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Our Clinics

Richmond Hill

Head Office and Main Clinic
120 West Beaver Creek Road. Unit 22 Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1L2
Tel: 905.886.5941 | Fax: 905.886.2362


Kids Clinic
300 Rossland Rd. E.
Suite 301. Ajax, ON L1Z 0M1


Bovaird Pediatric Clinic
11&12 – 965 Bovaird Dr. W
Brampton, ON L6X 5K7

Proudly serving the following locations through our Richmond Hill Ontario office:

Richmond Hill | Bradford | Vaughan | Maple | Aurora | Woodbridge | Oak Ridges | Stouffville | Markham | North York

Proudly serving the following locations through our Ajax Ontario office:

Stouffville | Uxbridge | Pickering | Whitby | Oshawa | Scarborough

Proudly serving the following locations through our Brampton Ontario office:

Mississauga | Oakville | Milton | Etobicoke | Georgetown | Brampton | Burlington

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