Memory Enhancement

At APS, we can help address problems with thinking and memory. This is called Cognitive Remediation.

Sometimes people face a host of problems with their thinking and memory after experiencing an accident or illness. Cognitive Remediation is a type of treatment geared to improve the everyday functioning of individuals who suffer from cognitive difficulties.

Types of cognitive problems addressed include:

  • Memory
  • Attention/concentration
  • Reading comprehension
  • Visual scanning ability
  • Spatial reasoning
  • Problem-solving/logical reasoning
  • Planning and organization
  • Prioritization
  • Time management
  • Pragmatics/social skills
  • Study skills

Cognitive remediation is effective in addressing the cognitive difficulties experienced by individuals with a range of diagnoses, including:

  • Traumatic brain injury (e.g. head injury/post-concussive syndrome)
  • Acquired brain injury (e.g. stroke, braintumor, seizure disorder, encephalopathy, SAH)
  • Systemic illnesses (e.g. Lyme disease, fibromyalgia)
  • Impairment resulting from brain surgery/ECT
  • Psychiatric illness (e.g. schizophrenia, bipolar disorder)
  • Developmental disorders (e.g. MR, PDD)
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder
  • Learning disabilities

Treatment includes the following interventions:

  • Providing education about how the brain functions
  • Promoting skill development through targeted cognitive exercises
  • Identifying and building on a person's compensatory strategies
  • Facilitating awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Exploring and reinforcing possible adjustments to the environment
    (i.e. home, work, school) in order to optimize emotional and cognitive functioning
  • Providing support and assistance in coping with life difficulties that often accompany neurological changes