#WeSpeechies’ #RoCur this week is…


This week I get to be the latest curator (#RoCur) to rotate into the role for the @WeSpeechies handle! Read all about what the week might entail, then please come and join the conversation 🙂

More information about @WeSpeechies can be found on @speech_woman‘s website.


Melissa Brunner is a speech pathologist in Sydney, Australia. Over the years, Melissa has travelled around Australia working clinically across acute, rehab and community settings in both public and private sectors. She currently works at the University of Sydney and is in the first year of her PhD at the University of Newcastle. Her PhD aims to investigate young people with traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s) views and experiences of the use, benefits and limitations of Twitter; and evaluate the efficacy an online training module on using Twitter.

Melissa’s interests are varied but include a penchant for evaluating research methods, putting evidence into practice and social media. Melissa is a member of the @speechBITE board and tweets as @LissBEE_CPSP. More information on her PhD can be found on her blog.

#WeSpeechies Chat 13 with Melissa Brunner

Date: Tuesday 27 May 2014
Time: 8:00pm AEST for one hour
Time Zone: Australian Eastern Standard Time (Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney) | YOUR TIME ZONE
This week’s curator: Melissa Brunner @LissBEE_CPSP

Topic: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Teenagers and adults with communication disabilities resulting from traumatic brain injury (TBI) face significant challenges in accessing information independently and engaging effectively in social situations and networks. #WeSpeechies can play a significant role in assisting people with a TBI re-engage and communicate more effectively, so how do we do it?!

In Australia, two notable researchers in the arena of social communication in TBI had the opportunity to highlight the issues and research to date. At the Speech Pathology Australia conference in Melbourne last week, Prof Jacinta Douglas presented the Elizabeth Usher keynote which was overwhelming well received by those Live-Tweeting in Twitter (type #spaconf AND Douglas into your Twitter search and you’ll find a lovely string of informative tweets). Just last week also, Prof Leanne Togher was able to talk all things Speech Pathology and TBI on Conversations with Richard Fidler on ABC Local Sydney (check out the podcast, it’s worth it!).

Over this week on #WeSpeechies, we will talk about TBI with respect to current research, social communication, communication partner training, impairment vs functional goals, relationships and identity, using technology including social media… and I’m sure much, much more!



Q1 Often working with people with a TBI can be memorable. What is your most memorable experience with a patient/client? #WeSpeechies

Q2 What research or experience/s have changed your practice when working with people with a TBI? #WeSpeechies

Q3 Are there barriers that you have experienced when helping people with a TBI? How have you overcome this? #WeSpeechies

Q4 Does electronic communication play a role in rehab?  Have you used a mobile, computer or the internet in therapy? #WeSpeechies

Q5 Are there any TBI resources that you find invaluable? What has helped you assist in achieving meaningful change for someone? #WeSpeechies

Chat Concludes

Chat Transcript

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