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Traumatic brain injury happens straight away. It's a split-second thing it can change your life quite dramatically and it can also change the life of everyone around you. You have trouble connecting with your mates having conversations with your family turned into arguments and you're not quite sure how it's happening but it's always happening. Social connection is really important. It's integral to what we do. If you can't connect with other people it really changes your mental health and your enjoyment in life. Social media may not necessarily be seen as something that speech pathologists do or look at. It's just a way that we communicate so it should be part of our toolkit. In terms of Twitter as tweets are quite short that's gotten a little bit longer but they're still quite finite and so that might really help people particularly after a brain injury so tweets may actually help. Making a difference in someone's life by helping them reconnect with other people whether it's their friends whether it's their family members it means that you can help them start to be part of the world again so that they're included. They can build their self-esteem and really enjoy having conversations again. I want to be able to help people to do that and social media is just one avenue that might help someone do that. I'm Liss Brunner and I'm a speech pathologist and researcher at the Graduate School of Health at UTS.

The connecting power of Twitter