The Effectiveness of Cognitive Rehabilitation

Cognitive skills can be relearned with a structured rehab plan of strategies and repetition.

We're seeing more and more research on the effectiveness of what we call cog rehab or comprehensive group interventions for folks with traumatic brain injury. The accumulating evidence is that that form of intervention is effective and is probably the most effective type of intervention that one can apply. I think we're seeing that some of the interventions that you can use such as using the computer by yourself at home are very effective. I think we're beginning to see that some neuroimaging techniques may be useful in helping to pinpoint an injury where the absence of injury had been observed before, but that's not-- I think we're looking at various biomarkers in terms of blood that may be signs of injury. So those are all diagnostics. Those are all issues that tell us whether or not somebody has been injured. I think, to date, in terms of improving cognitive function, there have been no magic pills that people can take. It's all a matter of re-learning cognitive skills and doing that in very structured ways with a tremendous amount of practice.
Posted on BrainLine March 15, 2011.

Produced by Noel Gunther, Ashley Gilleland, Victoria Tilney McDonough, and Brian King.

About the author: Wayne Gordon, PhD

Wayne Gordon, PhD, ABPP/Cn, is the Jack Nash Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and associate director of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is a neuropsychologist and the director of the Mount Sinai Brain Injury Research Center.

Dr. Wayne Gordon