Hackensack University Medical Center Investigates Role of Speech in Pediatric Brain Injury

Studies focus on speech correlation to recovery in mild brain injury and concussion

Speech an Indicator of Brain Trauma

Pediatric neurologist Felicia Gliksman, D.O., director of the Pediatric and Adult Concussion Center at Hackensack University Medical Center, and vice chair of the Department of Neurology at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, is serving as co-investigator for two studies related to recovery from brain injury.

The first study is funded by a two-year, $180,000 grant from the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research. In this study, Dr. Gliksman and Sona Patel, Ph.D., Department of Neurology, at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, are studying changes in brain function.

It is hypothesized that changes in speech characteristics will correspond with changes in behavioral, cognitive, neurological, physical, psychological and sleep-related symptoms, and that these symptoms will recover to baseline function with time. Age and the severity of injury will determine the pace of recovery.

A second study will use speech technology to determine whether changes in speech characteristics correspond with changes in behavioral, cognitive, neurological, physical, psychological and sleep-related concussion symptoms in children. This study’s goal is to understand how speech in children may be impacted after a concussion and develop ways to detect injury and monitor recovery.

This study, which opened in April 2022, will also analyze speech and recovery patterns in older children compared to younger children, as well as children who sustained a severe injury compared to children who sustained a mild injury.

Learn more about neurological innovations at Hackensack University Medical Center.

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