Attentional impairment following traumatic brain injury

Julie A.G. Stierwalt, Laura L. Murray

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The incidence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is approximately 2,000,000 cases annually, and approximately 5.3 million Americans are currently living with some degree of cognitive-linguistic impairment secondary to TBI. One frequent aspect of that impairment is disordered attention. Attention is a complex system comprised of several component skills, each of which may be compromised by TBI and thus must be carefully assessed to design appropriate treatment protocols. Attention treatments for patients with TBI frequently involve implementing environmental controls and designing individualized therapy tasks that vary in terms of information processing demands. This article provides a summary of those attention impairments frequently associated with TBI and outlines assessment and treatment guidelines for clinicians serving TBI patients with attention problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-138
Number of pages10
JournalSeminars in speech and language
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002


  • Attention
  • Information processing
  • Traumatic brain injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • LPN and LVN
  • Speech and Hearing


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