Cognitive rehabilitation is a specialized type of therapy offered at our office that utilizes an individualized program for training aspects of one’s thinking that have been lost or altered due to trauma or acquired diseases. Individuals who sustain brain injuries often experience difficulties in attention/concentration, memory, problem solving, decision making and judgment. Treatment of these deficits is central to recovery because of the broad impact of these cognitive deficits upon safety, functional independence, social interaction and one’s ability to remain productive.
Cognitive rehabilitation and retraining involves exercises designed to enhance memory, attention/concentration, executive functioning, as well as organization and time management. Patients are taught the use of compensatory skills for areas not amenable to retraining. To maximize the likelihood of success, family members are often involved in the therapeutic process to improve their understanding of brain injury, the process of recovery and specific techniques to help their loved one outside of treatment.
Additionally, we work with patients to restructure their environment as necessary to enhance their ability to successfully perform activities of daily living. We (with hard work from our patients) have succeeded in producing statistically significant improvements in cognitive functioning. However, our primary goal is that these changes result in an increased ability to participate in daily life events. Treatment sessions are typically one hour and occur one to three times per week.