Cognitive Remediation / Rehabilitation
Changes in an individual's thinking, whether due to a neurological injury or illness, or due to normal aging, can interfere with his/her ability to fulfill responsibilities and enjoy a quality of life. Cognitive remediation facilitates functional improvement and assists an individual to achieve a greater level of independence. Treatment is individualized and patient centered, meaning that goals are collaboratively established with consideration given to an individual’s current strengths and weaknesses.
Cognitive rehabilitation treatment goals include:
- Relearning specific mental abilities
- Learning new compensatory strategies
- Improving social/interpersonal communication
- Improving management of emotional/adjustment issues
- Behavioral management
- Education regarding the cognitive/emotional interplay
Overall, the goal of cognitive rehabilitation is for the individual to learn practical strategies to achieve measurable gains to enjoy a more productive and satisfying life. Treatment is targeted, functional, and aimed at sustaining greater autonomy and independence in social, vocational, academic, and occupational goals.