Therapy | Rehabilitation
CCC provides comprehensive neuropsychological assessments, treatments, and support for adults and children who struggle with cognitive deficits. Neuropsychology is a subspecialty of clinical psychology that is focused on understanding the brain–behavior relationship. Neuropsychology seeks to uncover the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional difficulties that can result from known or suspected brain dysfunction. Neuropsychological evaluation consists of a comprehensive examination of cognitive and behavioral functioning. Evaluations comprise measures that are standardized, scored objectively, and have established psychometric properties.
The neuropsychological evaluation includes a clinical interview with the patient, a collateral interview with caregivers/family, and review of relevant medical records. The evaluation is administered by paper and pencil and computer-based assessments and measures patient’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses. The multiple areas of cognition that are assessed:
- executive functioning
- working memory
- speed of processing
- learning and memory
- visual spatial skills
- fine motor skills
Based on the results of the evaluation, follows a report that we share with the referring physician that includes a cognitive profile, detailed recommendations, objective information about the patient’s functioning, and cognitive training may be recommended to help improve functioning. CCC also offers neuropsychological re-evaluation. The purpose of the re-evaluation may effectively measure improvement associated with the cognitive treatment and determines if further treatment is warrant.
The approach to cognitive rehabilitation used in CCC is restorative in nature. That is, based upon an analysis of the functions assessed by the neuropsychological evaluation, a determination is made as to the cognitive strengths and weaknesses presented by the patient, and a program of intervention or treatment plan is designed. Cognitive rehabilitation is based on the principle of neuroplasticity, meaning that the human brain is not a static organ but capable of physically changed. These changes can occur through neural pathways and synapses after exposure to enriched environments. Cognitive remediation provides such an enriched environment.
CCC offers cognitive treatment that consists of exercises through the use of computer software based on a number of theoretical models of cognitive functions, for example, attention, memory, executive function and others. The parameters usually monitored in the cognitive rehabilitation interventions used at the CCC include reaction time, level of exercise difficulty, average number of correct responses, and average number of incorrect responses, among others. The proportion of successes in any session is closely monitored by our trained therapists. The overall purpose is to restore, reinforce, compensate and teach compensatory strategies in order to reach optimal cognitive improvement.