The process uses techniques designed to improve function in individuals who, due to physical trauma or disease, suffer from cognitive impairments affecting attention, memory, language, visual & spatial skills or reasoning skills.
The goal of cognitive remediation is to bolster specific cognitive capacities that are weak and to teach compensatory strategies. Cognitive remediation is used primarily with three groups of people:
- Those who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury (a stroke, tumor, or head injury).
2. Those whose cognition is impaired due to a generalized condition such as depression, schizophrenia, or chemo fog.
3. Those with learning disabilities.
For people with brain injury, cognitive remediation typically targets the following neuropsychological functions: attention and concentration; memory; planning; monitoring one’s work or behavior; and making adjustments based on feedback.
Remediation is also used to help children and adults cope with learning disabilities. Learning disabilities can interfere with progress in reading, in understanding and communicating through spoken language, in writing, in arithmetic, in understanding nonverbal information such as telling time or understanding visual information, and in comprehending social interactions and cues.
Difficulties with concentration, problem-solving, organization, identifying errors, and using feedback effectively are also areas that can be addressed through cognitive remediation.
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