We have skilled clinicians trained in the assessment and delivery of cognitive training programs to assist in building cognitive processes, facilitating compensatory strategies, and tailoring situations to practice and apply cognitive skills and strategies to everyday life. These programs use a restorative approach and compensatory approach to help people adapt to their new circumstances and improve their independence.
Practicing a skill will optimise the ease with which we can perform functions. Cognitive retraining aims to improve specific cognitive functions by stimulating new neural connections. The theory is that practicing a skill will help to re-route information around non-damaged pathways in the brain. In doing this, it is important to use structured activities, which have been designed to improve cognitive skills, and to create opportunities for consistent rehearsal and application. This approach to cognitive rehab provides “scaffolding” for the damaged skills to be re-built. Process Training helps identify the deficient underlying key cognitive skills and targets training exercises to improve the deficit skill.
Compensatory Strategy Training is also an essential complementary treatment modality to ensure generalisation to real life functioning. Whilst Process Training aims to establish a new pathway or neural network to perform a skill, Strategy Training aims to teach the person how to bypass the problem. Therefore, both go hand in hand in every Cognitive Rehabilitation Training Program.