Cognitive Recovery Center
The most common complaint in families of those who suffered head trauma seems to be: “no-one directs us where to get help”. After brain injury, various difficulties can be experienced: memory loss, weakening of attention, personality change, irritability, etc. Many patients are frustrated about their decreased ability to concentrate or complete tasks. They are likely to suffer from inability to verbalize their thoughts and intentions, decreased understanding of conversation, and inability to sustain conversation. Fatigue, increased irritability, and migraine headaches, are common.
After traumatic brain injury, patients often need to relearn many simple tasks of life, and be involved with several professionals: physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, cognitive therapy, and more.
It was with this awareness that we created the Cognitive Recovery Center.
Brain injury can occur in many different ways, including: automobile or sports accidents; a fall, such as from a ladder, from any height, causing a blow to the head, or a sudden, quick, unnatural movement to the head that would cause impact with the skull from the inside. Stroke, TIA (Transient Ischemic Accident), seizure disorder, and cranial or cortical surgery, such as removal of a growth, can also result in brain injury, as can cerebrovascular disease, cardiac incidents, or chemotherapy treatment.
Other sources of brain injury are illnesses that affect the brain’s cognitive functioning such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, chronic Lyme disease, and other neurodegenerative diseases.
At the Neuroscience Team, we have adopted a unique approach that assists patients in the recovery process from cortical damage. It is a Whole Systems approach that includes the patient and the family. Our multi-disciplinary approach puts together the wisdom of various professions, including medical neurology, neuropsychology, and various rehabilitation therapies. We use many progressive modalities of treatment to stimulate the brain’s activity and encourage cognitive compensation for damage. Individual and family psychotherapy accompanies the cognitive therapy while we focus on progress and feedback from the patient. Our progressive methods, such as brain mapping and ongoing assessments within therapy, provide tracking of improvement.
Our goal is to put all necessary therapies together in one place, including physical, occupational or speech therapy, and to guide dietary care, exercise, and mental stimulation, for maximal recovery. Mental exercise and integrative movement may assist patients in recovering functioning to the damaged areas.
Many patients report the following after a few treatments: improved memory, increased focus and attention, decreased distraction, better initiation and maintaining of sleep, improved emotional regulation, more patience and ability to ‘think clearly’. Individual response does vary from person to person, but patients have reported being able to read for longer periods of time, and understand and retain more of the contents. Some report increased ability to participate in conversation or ability to make themselves understood.
The road to recovery following a TBI, involves families as well as the patient.
Family members often express their challenges in dealing with a patient’s cognitive changes. They need support as well, and education regarding recovery from brain injury. They are also vital support systems for the patients, and guide the therapies. Often, as patients may not realize the strides they have made, family members provide the feedback that shows patients their improvements in memory, communication, organization, or other vital skills.
It is no longer necessary to feel that there’s on-one out there who understands the difficulties of brain injury, or who cares to help.
The Neuroscience Team would like to assist you.
Call us at: 410-828-8700