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Cognitive Rehabilitation

What Is Cognitive Rehabilitation?

Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy (CRT) is the process of relearning thinking skills that have been lost or altered as a result of damage to brain cells/chemistry.

If skills cannot be relearned, then new ones have to be taught to enable the person to compensate for their lost functions. That’s where cognitive rehabilitation steps in.

Photo of a woman struggling to concentrate who could benefit from cognitive rehabilitation

How Can Cognitive Rehabilitation Help Me?

After a brain injury, the aim is to enhance a person’s functional competence in real world situations by direct retraining, compensatory strategies or cognitive tools. Cognitive rehabilitation helps individuals make the most of their abilities and increase self-reliance and self-confidence by providing training, resources, information and adaptive equipment.

Our neuropsychologists will involve the person with a brain injury, family or friends in experiences that require individuals to interact, analyse, question, reflect and connect what they have learned in new situations in the community.

With sessions at our body and brain clinic in Preston, the dedicated neuropsychologist team at Jurmaine Health has worked closely with clients from all areas of Victoria, as well as their loved ones, throughout the journey towards recovery after a brain injury.

What Can I Expect?

The process of Cognitive Rehabilitation comprises of four components:

  1. Education about cognitive weaknesses and strengths. The focus here is on developing awareness of the problem.
  2. Process Training. This refers to the development of skills through direct retraining or practicing the underlying cognitive skills. The focus here is on resolving the problem.
  3. Strategy Training. This involves the use of environmental, internal and external strategies. The focus here is on compensating rather than resolving the problem.
  4. Functional Activities Training. This involves the application of the other three components in everyday life. The focus here is on real life improvements.