Cognition refers to your brain’s ability to concentrate and process information. When your cognition is impaired you lose the ability to make sense of the world which creates the potential for your daily safety and well-being to be compromised.
Occupational therapists are uniquely trained in the skills and techniques utilized to assess cognitive function through the use of standardized performance-based testing. When therapy is needed they work with you to develop a treatment plan designed to educate you on strategies to compensate for the deficits as you participate in your daily home, work and school activities.
If you've been referred for a cognitive assessment or therapy, turn to Concord Hospital Rehabilitation Services occupational therapists for assessment and therapy that can help you improve your independence, safety, and well-being.
Occupational therapists are uniquely trained to assist you as you work through the challenges presented by cognitive impairments. Helping you successfully and safely reintegrate into your home, work or school environment is their goal.
Skill training for problem-solving
Techniques to improve insight into deficits and decreased attention span
Education on stress management and energy conservation
Guidelines for modifying the environment to decrease visual and auditory stimuli
Assessment &Treatment of Cognitive Defects Following a Concussion
Occupational therapists play a vital role in the assessment and treatment of cognitive defects following a concussion. Many patients who have sustained a concussion recover within a few weeks and need education on how to make short term modifications to activities as the brain heals. However, some people will experience long term cognitive deficits often referred to as post-concussion syndrome and require more extensive treatment.
Rehabilitation Services occupational therapists work collaboratively with your medical provider to provide the specialized treatment needed to assist you through cognitive recovery and will train you in the modifications required to guide you through a safe return to activities, sports and or work. They work closely with physical therapy when both therapies are needed for recovery.