“After five years of rehab programs and therapies, the only improvement we’ve seen is what we’ve obtained with COGx.”

 

Cognitive Remediation

Cognitive Remediation Training (CRT) is a treatment for those who have experienced a decline in their cognitive skills due to illness or injury. CRT helps improve neuropsychological functions that make it difficult for Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) survivors and those living with conditions such as PTSD, POTS, and Brain Fog to function optimally.

CRT is most effective in-person in order to provide targeted exercises that adapt, are customized, and increase in intensity. Cognitive functions targeted in a typical remediation case include but are not limited to: memory, cognitive flexibility, sustained attention, organization and planning, pattern recognition, self-regulation, and processing speed.

CRT uses drill and practice, compensatory and adaptive strategies combined with active teaching of proven techniques and coaching to facilitate improvement in targeted cognitive areas, which is customized case by case.

Following an injury, rehabilitation typically includes a suite of serves, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and others. Unfortunately, cognitive skills are usually treated tangentially despite the direct effect the injuries have on them and their importance for patients to successfully integrate themselves to society. Failing to directly address cognitive skills often means that more could be done to restore brain function and improve one’s quality of life.

Hospitals and rehabilitation centers working with survivors of injury or illness can greatly increase the outcomes of their interventions and quality of life for the patients by adding COGx to their services.

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

For most ABI / PTSD / Stroke survivors, little is done to restore cognitive skills, which often exacerbate emotional issues, limits life opportunities (returning to school or securing and sustaining gainful employment) and affects interpersonal relationships.

Beyond Surviving – Restoring Cognitive Skills

Cognitive Remediation Training helps improve the underlying neuropsychological functions that help you think: attention, memory, planning, organization, abstract thinking. CRT is most effective in person to provide exercises that adapt, are customized and increase in intensity to improve the neuropsychological skills that underpin mental acuity. CRT targets cognitive deficits using scientific principles of learning. As a result, we improve the functioning of those people with deficits. Individualized CRT improves a person’s capacities to regain the essential skills for a more productive and rewarding life.

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is a complex injury with a broad spectrum of symptoms and disabilities. An ABI occurs when a sudden trauma damages the brain. An ABI can also be called a brain injury, an acquired head injury, or simply a concussion.
ABI is caused when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, when the head is powerfully jolted or shaken, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue.
MRI and CAT scans can pinpoint damage, but diagnosis usually relies on observation and presence of symptoms. Symptoms can easily be overlooked, especially if there is other trauma to the body, and the diagnosis of TBI can be missed. Cognitive skills testing can help diagnose a TBI and reveal which cognitive skills need to be strengthened to enable recovery. COGx provides a professional cognitive skills evaluation. The tests measure all cognitive skills including memory, processing speed, visual and auditory processing, logic and reasoning, and attention.

Commonly those who suffer from an ABI have problems with cognition (memory, attention, reasoning, processing speed, self-regulation, executive function, among others), sensory processing (sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing), communication (expressing and understanding) and behavior or mental health (depression, anxiety, personality changes, aggression, social inappropriateness).

 

Symptoms of an ABI can be mild, moderate, or severe and are not always immediate. They include:

Headache
Lightheadedness or dizziness
Confusion
Memory loss
Blurred vision or tired eyes
Ringing in the ears
Bad taste in the mouth
Loss of consciousness
Convulsions or seizures
Numbness or poor coordination in limbs
Fatigue or lethargy
Agitation or restlessness
Change in sleep patterns
Mood swings and behavior changes
Trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States each year approximately: 1.5 million people suffer a ABI; 50,000 people die from ABI; 85,000 people suffer long-term disabilities.

Disabilities depend on the location and severity of the injury, and the age and health of the individual. For people who recover, common long-term disabilities include problems with cognition (memory, attention, reasoning), sensory processing (sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing), communication (expressing and understanding) and behavior or mental health (depression, anxiety, personality changes, aggression, social inappropriateness).

Long-term rehabilitation can include occupational, physical, and speech therapy along with counseling and social help. COGx individualized cognitive training, post-ABI, can dramatically improve cognitive skills and greatly reduce or eliminate cognition problems with concentration, attention, memory, processing speed and visual and auditory processing.
To learn more about how you can complement your therapies using COGx, email us: info@cogx.info or call 1-888-410-2230

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