Date of Award

Fall 2008

Project Type


Program or Major

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Degree Name

Master of Science


Primary objective. To establish and report the shared characteristics of survivors who have demonstrated successful recovery from ABI and who indicate that they live productive lives.

Main outcomes and results. Four major themes emerged from the interviews: (a) development of support networks, (b) learning strategies to cope with emotional issues, (c) acceptance of injury and redefinition of self, and (d) empowerment.

Conclusions. The issues raised in these interviews may serve to inspire other survivors and provide them with hope and motivation as they progress through the recovery process. Suggestions on how clinicians can help to facilitate this process are discussed.