TBI Express partner training

Welcome to TBI Express

TBI Express is a communication-training program for people with traumatic brain injury, their families, friends and carers. A brain injury can result in devastating changes for the person as well as for their family and friends. Sometimes these changes can affect how the person communicates. They may speak too much or not enough, they may have trouble staying on a topic or not be able to think of what to say. Treatment can improve the communication of the person with brain injury, however families and friends are often left wondering what they can do to help. We therefore developed TBI Express to help families and friends find the best way to interact with the person during everyday conversations.

TBI Express was developed as part of a clinical trial funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. Our research indicated that communication partners who were trained to use positive communication strategies experienced significantly better interactions following the training, compared to those who did not receive training.

We have developed videos to demonstrate positive and negative communication strategies to help you identify what works and what doesn’t. We invite you to look at these videos along with our treatment resources, such as the Communication Skills Toolkit, and think about which strategies may help you improve conversations with your friend or relative with traumatic brain injury.

We hope that you find these resources useful and that they will assist in making your everyday conversations more enjoyable and rewarding.

Leanne Togher, Skye McDonald, Robyn Tate, Emma Power and Rachel Rietdijk