employing a standardized protocol for social communication skills training. Applied in the community setting, such a program may or may not include concurrent emotion/social perception deficit training and CBT. Evidence shows these programs have beneficial impact on social communication skills among adults with moderate-severe TBI in the chronic phase of recovery. Patients with demonstrated language and social communication deficits should have sufficient language and cognitive capacity to participate in a group program. Evidence does not show if any subgroups are more likely to benefit than others.

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