“After five years of rehab programs and therapies, the only improvement we’ve seen is what we’ve obtained with COGx.”
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.
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:
Lightheadedness or dizziness
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).
COGx Annual Research Publications
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