Internalization refers to the process of repetition and practice required for the patient to internalize the strategies they are learning in therapy. It is something that young children spend a significant amount of energy doing. For example, when a child is speaking, asking questions, and exploring, they internalize the skills adults regularly use to engage within society. After an accident, individuals may have to relearn cognitive skills as the brain is healing. By internalizing the cognitive skills, they may be able to regain the cognitive skill they lost.
Ultimately, the goal is for patients to develop routines. These routines are often small or simple things. But they start to build a foundation that will allow them to maintain their regained skills without external cues or support.
Creating short-term and long-term goals may allow for stronger and more open patient-therapist communication. Goal setting can also help the patient to feel more motivated and confident in the rehabilitation process.
Setting short-term goals will enable the patient to see the steps to achieve their overall long-term goal. It will divide up their long-term goals into smaller achievable units.
Long-term goals can enable the patient to have hope for the changes they want to experience.
Generalization refers to the patient’s ability to integrate cognitive practices into their lives. Also known as bridging, this skill allows individuals to apply the skills they have gained to related situations.
For example, if an individual practices the exercise I Remember You. They are learning skills to help remember an individual’s name, characteristics, and facts. They can bridge, or generalize these cognitive skills, to help them remember the names of people they meet.
Generalization can also occur when a patient uses a planner to keep track of appointments. These same skills can be transferred to keeping track of other parts of their lives, such as household chores or work responsibilities.
For example, a patient working on improving their memory might need to improve at remembering appointments but can begin using a planner to keep track of their schedule. While this doesn’t address the underlying issue with their memory, it gives them a tool to work with the impairment and improve their functioning.
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