Brain damage—whether caused by stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), tumours, or Multiple Sclerosis—has both physical and mental consequences. Impairments in mental abilities vary widely from person to person and depend on many factors, including an individual‘s personality and the severity of the brain damage.
The aim of cognitive rehabilitation is to minimise the damage, to regain lost skills, to develop compensation strategies, and to help the client to progress to the highest possible level of independence. RehaCom has developed over the years to be the premier tool to assist the therapist with cognitive rehabilitation.
RehaCom software provides the busy clinician with deficit-specific, targeted, evidence-based, and patient-centred treatment that clients can use with minimal supervision. Patient progress and gains are automatically tracked and monitored across a wide variety of cognitive domains while the clinician is potentially able to deliver services to a greater number of clients—increasing both client treatment efficacy and clinician efficiency. All of these factors spell out increased benefits for patients and clinicians.
Clinical application guidelines have emerged for the most effective use of RehaCom. These are guidelines rather than rigid plans - the rehabilitation of cognitive impairments requires continuous treatment over time, and the duration of a therapy session with RehaCom is going to be dependent on the client’s personal performance. According to clinical guidelines, protocol for training may include:
- Several times a day for 10 to 15 minutes in the acute phase
- In the following 6 to 8 weeks, therapy sessions of 30 to 45 minutes about 3 to 5 times per week
- 3 to 5 times a week for about 3 to 5 months in the later phases of rehabilitation
The course of therapy can be individualised to each patient’s specific needs based on module difficulty and their current ability.
Most therapists start with attention therapy using RehaCom module “Attention and Concentration” as of course an ability to pay attention is fundamental to working with the other training modules.