Cognitive RehabilitationNew York, NY
Recovering from a brain injury and adjusting to a regular routine can be easier said than done. Cognitive brain issues can make simple actions of memory or social behavior suddenly difficult. Patients will find it is difficult to return to the life they had before the injury or accident. People who do not seek professional treatment will only continue to struggle.
At Complete Neuropsychology PC, we can help patients work through their issues and begin to re-adjust to their life. With cognitive rehabilitation, we can address cognitive problems that hinder one’s quality of life and ability to succeed.
Treatment to Get You Back on Track
Cognitive rehabilitation involves therapy and techniques to identify cognitive problems that are results of brain injury. While the effects of a brain injury can seem less life-threatening, they can cause long-term effects that drastically change one’s life. Brain injuries can cause cognitive issues such as:
- Difficulty taking care of oneself
- Difficulty with planning and following through
- Memory issues
- Difficulty paying attention in school or at work
- Issues completing tasks
- Issues with social behavior and interactions
These are only a few of the issues that people may struggle with due to a brain injury. Part of the difficulty for many people is that they do not seek the proper treatment right away. People will easily give in to the false stigma of mental health treatment and only let the condition get worse. People, including some insurance companies, will struggle with issues that do not provide physical symptoms and will claim the person is making symptoms up.
We understand how this stigma can make receiving the proper treatment difficult. Some people will avoid trying altogether or are unsure of how to proceed. We are here to help. With cognitive rehabilitation, we can customize the treatment to the patient’s individual needs.
Cognitive rehabilitation focuses on helping the patient adjust back into a regular routine while learning healthy coping mechanisms to deal with these issues. We can help patients relearn the cognitive skills necessary to function on a daily basis. In many cases, the overall structure of cognitive rehabilitation will follow a basic plan:
- Education and understanding about the specific cognitive problem
- The specific training to develop past cognitive skills that were lost
- Learning strategic patterns of cognitive function to compensate for lost functions
- Following through and applying these techniques in everyday life
While having to relearn certain functions and movements can seem tedious, it is crucial for the patient to develop new methods to effectively function in society. We will help the patient develop new patterns to compensate for any lost ability.
The Treatment Process
During the initial evaluation, we will review the patient’s medical history and current condition. Once we understand the specifics of the patient’s condition and any unique needs, we will develop a treatment plan. Since each patient is unique, there is no single type of treatment that works for everyone. The evaluation can include:
- Physical health evaluation
- Standardized cognition assessments
These tests can range from measuring motion and the patient’s ability to remember certain facts about two objects we present. The type of tests will depend entirely on the patient’s condition and cognitive issues. We can enhance a patient’s functional ability in real situations life will throw his or her own way. We do this by providing the cognitive training, strategies and tools necessary.
We will help patients identify situations in which they need to implement what they learn from the treatment. By doing this, the patient will be able to work past his or her cognitive issues and continue functioning in society. Throughout this treatment process, we will provide support and guidance to the patient. Along with that, we will help the patient identify and develop a web of support with other people in his or her life.
One Step at a Time
This treatment is a process and will not have an immediate solution with results overnight. Thus, the patient needs to be willing to work with us in order for the treatment to be effective. Unlike other treatments that are based solely on medication, we need the patient’s active participation to see true results.
While medication can be a part of these treatments, it will not be the only component. Cognitive rehabilitation will be the key to helping patients adjust back into society and their regular routine. A brain injury does not need to be the end of one’s career, social life and enjoyment of life. Call us to schedule an appointment today.
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