Ep. 146: Leila L. Hartley, PhD, CCC-SLP - Building a Better Brain


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Even though studies after studies show that more than 75% of job success is determined by soft skills ,which in business refers to effective communication, professionalism and work ethics, critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership, the word soft often undermines its nuanced nature and diminishes it potency. In the neuroscience and science of effective communication however, soft skills are nothing but a combination of Executive Function, pragmatic skills, and social cognition and they can be taught and learned with a strategic approach.

On this episode, author, award winning speech-language pathologist, and leading authority in brain injury rehabilitation, Dr. Leila Hartley, discusses how after neurological damage to the brain, difficulties in social and interpersonal communication can create the greatest barrier to returning to independent living and sustaining gainful employment. The discovery of neural plasticity assures us that we can all change our brains, but the work has to be done by ourselves; and competent, caring, and invested speech-language pathologists can help.
About Leila L. Hartley, PhD, CCC-SLP
Leila L. Hartley, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, received her Doctorate in communication sciences and neuropsychology from the University of Florida. She has over 40 years of clinical experience with adult neurogenic communication disorders. She is the author of Cognitive-Communicative Abilities Following Brain Injury: A Functional Approach and other publications in the areas of discourse abilities and functional approaches to rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury. She has a private practice in Atlanta, Georgia.

About Host, Sucheta Kamath
Sucheta Kamath, is an award-winning speech-language pathologist, a TEDx speaker, a celebrated community leader, and the founder and CEO of ExQ®. As an EdTech entrepreneur, Sucheta has designed ExQ's personalized digital learning curriculum/tool that empowers middle and high school students to develop self-awareness and strategic thinking skills through the mastery of Executive Function and social-emotional competence.

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