Training your brain, is much like training your muscles, it takes time, consistency and focus.
Think about it:
- You know you don't become slimmer just by joining a gym
- You know that training once a week isn't going to give you muscles like Arnie!
- You know if you don't put all your effort into the exercises they will only have a small effect
As much as we wish we could see the effects of the things we do immediately, its only through consistent repetition and dedication that we can learn, improve and see results!
Training, or retraining, cognitive function requires the same strategy. It requires more than just installing the software and 'playing' at a few exercises. So here are our rules to make sure you get the most out of you training.
Number 1 - Be Consistent
Consistency is key. Your training sessions should be planned, scheduled and committed to. If you miss a session for whatever reason, try to get another one in as soon as you can.
The duration of a RehaCom® therapy session depends on each users personal performance. However, typically clients should train
- Several times a day for 10 to 15 minutes int he acute phase of treatment
- In the following six to eight weeks, training sessions of 45 to 60 minutes should take places at least three times per week
- In the later phases of rehabilitation and subsequent home training, clients should train 2 to 3 times a week for 3 to 5 months.
RehaCom® allows you to design a 'prescription' to train certain modules on specific days - meaning you have a schedule to stick to, and you don't have to worry about which modules to select.
Number 2 - Target Specific Deficits
Its easy to choose the tasks or modules that we enjoy to do or find easy. However, simply practicing things you are already good at will not help improve your overall cognitive function. RehaCom® is designed with over 20 modules to train specific deficits. Your neuropsychologist, occupational therapist or clinician will give you guidance as to which modules you should train with. This can range from Attention and Working Memory exercises through to high level Executive Function.
There are a number of Screening Modules available in RehaCom® that allow you to benchmark your progress and point towards the modules which will best help to improve your cognitive performance.
Number 3 - Strategise and Progress
Simply carrying out an exercise without proper thought or strategy is not truly enough to have a positive effect. Ideally you will work with a clinician who can advise you on the best strategy to employ to complete a task successfully. Many of these strategies (eg for remembering names/faces, and completing chores) will be used in real life, and training with RehaCom® is the perfect way to reinforce and rehearse these strategies in a safe environment.
Once you have a good strategy and you start to improve at a certain level, it is important that you get to train with increasingly difficult tasks. It will only remain interesting and meaningful if it requires you to use conscious effort. With RehaCom® the modules automatically adapt to the level of the user. This means it will always remain challenging and help you progress!
Number 4 - Create a Good Working Environment
Computer assisted rehab is convenient because it can be practiced at home as well as in a clinic. If you are working at home it can be easy to get distracted. In order to get the most out of your training you should have a quiet space to work. We recommend:
- Using a large screen laptop or desktop PC
- Work in a room that is well lit and a comfortable temperature.
- Leave your mobile in the other room or on silent!
- Remove distractions from the room like ticking clocks or playful animals!
- Bring a glass of water or tea. Hydration is important to concentration too!
By following these rules you should see an increase in the efficacy of your cognitive rehabilitation.