Cognitive Rehabilitation: An Integrative Neuropsychological Approach

Cognitive Rehabilitation: An Integrative Neuropsychological Approach

Cognitive Rehabilitation: An Integrative Neuropsychological Approach

Cognitive Rehabilitation: An Integrative Neuropsychological Approach

Synopsis

"This volume offers a comprehensive overview of this fast-evolving field. More than a revised edition, the text reflects recent developments in neuroscience and computer technology, coupled with changing service delivery models. Authoritative and up to date, it is an indispensable resource for anyone working with individuals with acquired cognitive impairments. This volume belongs on the desks of professionals across a wide variety of rehabilitation specialties, including neuropsychology, clinical and cognitive psychology, psychiatry, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, neurology, and rehabilitation medicine. For student use, the book will replace its predecessor as a key text in courses on rehabilitation methods and neurogenic disorders." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

It has been almost a quarter of a century since the long-term impact of acquired brain injury (ABI), particularly traumatic brain injury (TBI), has been recognized. In that time there has been a surge of interest in understanding the underlying mechanisms of injury, as well as the nature of acquired physical, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional consequences of such injuries. Rehabilitation professionals have met the challenge of working with individuals with acquired brain injury and their families in thoughtful, creative, and dynamic ways. In the United States, at least, these efforts have occurred in the context of major changes in health care delivery and technology.

The term cognitive rehabilitation was perhaps always too narrow, and focused too heavily on remediating or compensating for decreased cognitive abilities. The term rehabilitation of individuals with cognitive impair- ment probably better captures the emphasis on injured individuals that has and will always be the target of cognitive rehabilitation. Although some of the fundamental goals of improving and compensating for cognitive abilities continue to be mainstays of rehabilitation efforts with this population, the last 25 years have allowed a richer appreciation for the influence of contextual variables; the personal, emotional, and social impacts of brain injury; and their interactions with cognitive function. All of these factors have been incorporated to an even greater degree into treatment plans and goals. Short- and long-term emotional and social supports are needed for many individuals dealing with persistent sequelae of brain injury.

For decades the field seemed to be trapped in an internal struggle over whether it is better to focus on training processes, skills, or functional abilities, and in what ways and in what contexts that training might be accomplished. Though the struggle is perhaps not entirely over, it is increasingly . . .

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