Neuropsychology Notes:

Many disorders affect thinking abilities or neurocognitive functioning. Some of the conditions that might affect memory, attention, or other thinking abilities are:

Cognitive Rehabilitation is the combination of specific exercises, activities and therapy that focus on regaining lost skills, as well as learning ways to compensate for abilities that have been permanently changed because of the brain injury.

What is the goal of Cognitive Rehabilitation?

The goal of rehabilitation is simple: help the patient progress to the most highlest independent level of functioning possible. Depending on the patient’s situation this might include:

  • Acquiring a higher level of independent functioning at home
  • Being able to re-enter the workforce
  • Maximizing performance at work
  • Integrating whatever consequences have occurred after a stroke or brain injury

What happens in Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy?

Therapy focuses on helping patients regain lost skills, as well as helping them learn ways to compensate for abilities that have been permanently changed because of a brain injury or trauma. In addition to helping patients be able to do more, more independently, we help patients feel more in control, and less disoriented by the changes that have taken place.

Individuals tend to respond best to programs tailored to their backgrounds and interests, so we focus on matching the therapeutic method(s) to the patient. For some patients it can help to involve family members who may be in the best position to provide information, for example. Occasionally we may integrate certain computer-assisted programs if this suits a certain patient.

We integrate four main approaches according to the patient’s needs:

  • Cognitive retraining through exercises or stimulation
  • Strategies derived from cognitive neuropsychology
  • Cognitive psychology and behavioral psychology
  • Strategies that combine techniques

For more information, or to schedule an appointment,
please call: 919-384-9682.

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