Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy

cognitive rehabilitation

What Is Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy?

Cognitive rehabilitation offers retraining in thinking, using judgment, and making decisions. The main focus is to correct deficits in memory, concentration and attention, perception, learning, planning, sequencing, and judgment. Cognitive rehabilitation therapy (CRT) aims to enhance the person’s capacity to process and interpret information and improve the person’s ability to function in all aspects of family and community life. 


Individuals may need to focus on restoring, strengthening, and sharpening cognitive functions impaired due to a brain injurystroke, or another medical incident. In cognitive rehabilitation therapy, a clinical provider will work with patients by providing them with cognitive exercises to perform, hands-on, bridging activities, and discussion questions to help them learn and translate cognitive strategies to their everyday lives.

Does it work?

Cognitive rehabilitation therapy is well-studied, and new research is always coming. Researchers have documented its positive impact for patients with brain injury, stroke, and multiple sclerosis. Cognitive rehabilitation therapy encompasses many therapeutic techniques, such as computerized cognitive training, neurofeedback, and assistive technology.

Are there multiple types of cognitive rehabilitation?

Yes, there are two different approaches to CRT: restorative and compensatory.

Restorative CRT

Restorative CRT’s goal is to improve cognitive function by reinstating or strengthening the functions a person has either lost due to an injury or continues to find challenging.




A person finds it difficult to remember what they need to do in a day or pay attention to tasks given to them by another person. To help with this, a medical professional may assign different memory tasks to improve their memory. A therapist may use worksheets that challenge memory or digital exercises that challenge memory functions.


Restorative CRT repeatedly challenges a person to practice skills so that they might be able to improve their cognitive deficiencies by using the concept of neuroplasticity.

Compensatory CRT

Compensatory CRT helps an individual work around their injury. Oftentimes, individuals use an assistive device such as:


  • assistive speech devices
  • calendars, memory tools, smart devices
  • alarms to regain a person’s attention in specific contexts


The hope is that compensatory cognitive rehabilitation will be temporary until an individual builds up a new skill. Still, it may also be a long-term strategy when restoring a person’s functioning fully is impossible.

The four steps to cognitive rehabilitation:

There are four major steps to cognitive rehabilitation.


  • Education
  • Process training
  • Strategy training
  • Functional activities training


HappyNeuron Pro tools are developed to assist with steps two and three, process and strategy training.

Is HappyNeuron Pro a Restorative CRT or a Compensatory CRT?

Our digital tool is often used for restorative cognitive rehabilitation. Our functional activities help to stimulate and challenge all areas of cognition with 45 exercises we have an exercise that may help your patient.

Did you know we create free worksheets for cognitive rehabilitation?

Our digital tool has inspired us to create a printable product for you to use with your clients. We offer free mini worksheets 2x a month. 

Conditions that may benefit from Cognitive Rehabilitation


Multiple Sclerosis

This condition causes demyelination of the nervous system. Quality of life and social functioning improvements have been demonstrated using cognitive rehabilitation therapy for people with MS.

post stroke, cognitive rehabilitation for stroke


Strokes can cause cognitive, psychosocial, and motor skill complications. Cognitive rehabilitation therapy may help patients with stroke relearn and compensate with new cognitive strategies to help them live more independently.

cognitive rehabilitation for traumatic brain injury

Traumatic Brain Injury

Brain injuries can occur from birthing complications, falls, incidents of violence, sports, and motor vehicle accidents. Cognitive rehabilitation may help your patients with a TBI build back essential cognitive functions.



With cognitive rehabilitation therapy, clinical providers can work with patients with aphasia to learn and implement effective communication strategies. This might help them to express themselves the way they want using written and spoken language.

Recommended exercises

With our adaptability features, the exercises can be tailored to the patient’s specific needs and made to be the appropriate difficulty level for them.


HappyNeuron Pro’s exercises can be used with individual patients, and in a group therapy context. They may be completed remotely or in person, and home workouts can be assigned to the patient so they get consistent practice in between sessions with the clinician.

Memory exercises


Visual & Verbal Working Memory

I Remember You!

Visual & Verbal Memory 


Spatial Memory

Words, Where Are You? 

Verbal & Spatial Memory

Attention exercises

Two Timing

Divided Attention 

Ancient Writing

Pattern Recognition  

Private Eye

Visual Attention 

Find Your Way! 


Executive function exercises

The Towers of Hanoi

Planning, Reasoning

Basketball in NY



Deductive Reasoning 

Hurray for Change

Switching Tasks 


  • There are two kinds of Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy – Compensatory CRT and Restorative CRT.
  • Cognitive rehabilitation is appropriate for multiple conditions, including MS, Stroke, TBI, and Aphasia.
  • Cognitive rehabilitation may help patients to improve cognitive function.
  • Individuals can work on improving memory, attention, executive functioning skills, and other cognitive skills with HappyNeuron Pro.
  • HappyNeuron Pro’s adaptable cognitive exercises can be tailored to the patient’s unique needs.
  • HappyNeuron Pro can be used in a variety of contexts so that the patient is able to get consistent cognitive exercise.