Strategic Aspects of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
Lance E. Trexler
Patrick M. Webb
The experimental literature in neuropsychological rehabilitation has continued to evolve. Although empirical evidence supporting the efficacy of cognitive remediation remains discouraging, initial results for the utility and efficacy for a variety of compensatory techniques and holistic approaches to neuropsychological rehabilitation are quite encouraging. A class of neuropsychological rehabilitation interventions has emerged which focus on the development of cognitive strategies that serve to promote cognitive functioning following acquired brain damage. This chapter provides a theoretical perspective on strategic aspects of neuropsychological functioning, and reviews available assessment and rehabilitation methodologies that may lay a foundation for a heuristic assessment and intervention approach in neuropsychological rehabilitation.
The field of neuropsychological rehabilitation has witnessed substantial conceptual differentiation and evolution in its precocious history. This conceptual differentiation has resulted in the development of new methods designed to ameliorate cognitive disturbances, as well as to minimize the impact of cognitive disturbances on functional