Recent research provides support for computer-aided retraining but researchers generally say that more work is needed to identify the best training protocols - for example, the frequency and intensity of training - for various rehabilitation contexts. Here is some guidance based on decades of work in Germany.
This is reasonable to ask but the most effective frequency and intensity of pretty much all rehabilitation re-training is not known. The best we do is start with clinical concensus.
In Germany they have more than 20 years experience now in using RehaCom following brain injury and they have established clinical guidelines which we can use as a startign point.
The concensus view is that the rehabilitation of cognitive impairments need to be continuous over time. Of course ideally therapy begins in the clinc and can be continued at home under the supervision of a therapist. The duration of a RehaCom session is going to depend somewhat on the client's individual performance. As a rule clients should train:-
- Several times a day for 10 to 15 minutes in the acute phase
- In the following 6 to 8 weeks, training sessions of 30 to 35 minutes should take place at least 3 to 5 times per week.
- In the later stages of rehabilitation, and in subsequent home -based training, clients should train 3 to 5 times a week for 3 to 5 months.
RehaCom is perhaps unique in that it provides several options to enable permanent access to training whether the client is in hospital or at home