Our ability to pay attention and concentrate are absolute foundations of being effective in our daily work or home lives. Sometimes individuals might blame a poor memory when actually their issue is more about their ability to pay attention. These qualities of cognition are often affected by acquired brain injury (for example due to stroke or MS) or by traumatic brain injury.
The quality of paying "attention" is all about how good we are are selectively focusing upon some, lets say, essential information that flows to us against a background of distractions - whether these distractions are due to things happening in the environment or simply our own "self-talk".
We now tend to believe that attention is not one single quality but made up of a number of more specific things that we could call:-
- Sustained attention
- Focused attention
- Divided attention
Taking Alertness for example - this is our ability to respond quickly and appropriately to external stimuli. For example, our ability to see, interpret and act upon a traffic light that turns red as we approach a junction. Sustained attention is our ability to maintain a level of attention over a period of time such as reading a book or listening to a lecture (and of course taking on board the information!). Focused attention might be needed to follow a conversation at a party - lots of distractions going on - loud music and others talking for example and yet still we must focus on the person we are talking to. The ability to simultaneously devote attention to several stimuli is referred to as Divided Attention behaviour and is very common in everyday life. Take driving again as an example. As we drive along we must simultaneously be responding to what others are doing around us, speed limits, traffic signs and even passengers talking to us.
RehaCom takes training of Attention to a higher level. Each RehaCom system has 12 specific training modules devoted to attention training alone. These are as follows and supported in most of the major languages.
- Alertness Training (ALTA)
- Acoustic Responsiveness (AKRE)
- Reaction Behaviour (REVE)
- Ability to Respond (REA1)
- Vigilance (VIGI)
- Spatial Operations (RAUM)
- Two-Dimensional Operations (VRO1)
- Spatial Operations 3D (RO3D)
- Visuo-Constructive Ability (KONS)
- Attention and Concentration (AUFM)
- Divided Attention (GEAU)
- Divided Attention 2 (GEA2)
To learn more you can check out our website www.rehacom.co.uk or order a demo disc.
If you are an individual looking to find out which exercises are going to be particularly helpful to you, we recommend a neuropsychological testing or least the guidance of a competent therapist. The RehaCom Screening Tools can also help in this respect.