Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy

This therapy approach is designed to help the individual develop skills and learn compensatory strategies to improve how he/she functions at home, school, and/or at work. This type of therapy addresses difficulties with attention, learning new information, memory, time management, planning, organization, and problem-solving. Tailored to meet the individual needs of the patient with cognitive and executive function deficits, our approach emphasizes the development of metacognitive and self-awareness skills.

  • Educate patients and their families regarding the patient’s cognitive deficits.
  • Provide skill-building and strategy learning (a tool, plan, or method) to help accomplish a task.
  • Teach self-monitoring skills to increase the patient’s overall independence.

Prior to initiating treatment, an evaluation process is conducted and treatment goals are determined by the clinician and patient. These goals are modified, as necessary on an on-going basis, through informal assessments during the treatment process.

Treatment enables patients to learn how to repair breakdowns in cognition and adjust their approach when experiencing cognitive difficulties.  The duration of treatment is influenced by the individual’s needs, severity, and cause of cognitive deficits.

Anoxic Injuries
Chemotherapy Induced Cognitive Impairment
Fronto-Temporal Dementia
HIV/AIDS-related Dementia
Huntington’s Disease
Lewy Body Disease
Mild Cognitive Impairment
Post-Concussive Syndrome
Primary Progressive Aphasia

Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that occurs when nerve cells in the brain die, often resulting in symptoms such as impaired memory, thinking and behavior.

Aneurysm

An aneurysm is a bulging, weakened area in the wall of a blood vessel resulting in an abnormal widening or ballooning greater than 50 percent of the normal diameter

Brain Tumors

A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue in the brain. The tumor can either originate in the brain itself, or come from another part of the body and travel to the brain (metastasize). Brain tumors may be classified as either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous), depending on their behavior.

Encephalitis

Encephalitis is an inflammation caused by a viral infection.

Epilepsy and Seizures

Epilepsy is a neurological condition involving the brain that makes people more susceptible to having seizures.

Head Injury

A head injury is a broad term that describes a vast array of injuries that occur to the scalp, skull, brain, and underlying tissue and blood vessels in the head.

Lyme Disease

While most tick bites are harmless, several species can cause life-threatening diseases. Two of these well-known diseases are Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease.

Meningitis

Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, the membranes that surround the brain.

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease of the central nervous system. It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. It is an unpredictable condition that can be relatively benign, disabling, or devastating.

Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease (PD or, simply, Parkinson's) is a slowly progressing, degenerative disease that is associated with symptoms such as tremor or trembling of the arms, jaw, legs and face, stiffness or rigidity of the limbs and trunk, bradykinesia (slowness of movement), postural instability or impaired balance and coordination.

Stroke

Stroke, also called brain attack, occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus)

Systemic lupus erythematosus, also known as SLE, or simply lupus, involves periodic episodes of inflammation of and damage to the joints, tendons, other connective tissues, and organs, including the heart, lungs, blood vessels, brain, kidneys and skin.

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Felicita Aponte

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