Cognitive remediation is a treatment that can teach long-lasting skills that help restore everyday functioning. Research has demonstrated that cognitive remediation interventions that incorporated elements of memory, processing speed, and attention led to significant improvements in a number of cognitive areas.
The good news is that everyone, even after treatment for a brain disorder, has intact cognitive abilities and strengths. Cognitive remediation therapy teaches a patient to use those existing abilities to compensate for deficits in other areas. Cognitive remediation therapy incorporates all domains of functioning: emotional, behavioral, and cognitive.
Cognitive rehabilitation is based on the principle of neuroplasticity, meaning that the human brain is not a static organ but can be physically changed. These changes can occur within neural pathways and synapses after exposure to enriched environments. Cognitive remediation provides such an enriched environment.
What is cognitive remediation/cognitive rehabilitation?
Psychometric testing can help establish the patient’s abilities and strengths and set the stage for remediation. Individuals will also learn how to self-report their cognitive difficulties to help themselves and their treatment provider develop a rehabilitation plan.
Behavioral, emotional, and cognitive changes after brain tumor surgery can be stressful, but with quality rehabilitation a patient can achieve excellent results and a good quality of life.
Weill Cornell is pleased to offer a comprehensive Cognitive Remediation Program that focuses on improving working memory, attention, and focus. Find out more about the Cognitive Remediation Program.
Reviewed by: Amanda Sacks-Zimmerman, PhD
Last reviewed/last updated: September 2020