program categories

 

At present we have more than 70 programs that we use for cognitive rehabilitation. There are another 10 or so that are used solely for assessment. The programs can be loosely classified into areas such as attention, learning and memory, sensorimotor skills, language, numeracy and problem solving. The Cognitive Rehabilitation Software Suite is broken down into the 15 categories listed.

 

There are certain characteristics common to all of our rehabilitation programs that are a reflection of the type of system we wanted to develop. These are:

 

   1. The rehabilitation programs are all designed to be stimulating and enjoyable to maximise the patient's use of the material. This is particularly important as patients would often be working unsupervised and at a distance.

 

   2. All of the recent programs have the facility to automatically change the difficulty of the task over a wide range. This is to ensure that the patient's will be working at an appropriate level.

 

  3. All of the recent programs have the facility to interact with the control system software to set the values of particular variables. This facility allows central control of most of the options, such as starting level, time allowances, input device and sound level.

 

4. As a patient may not experience a particular program before using it, it is important that each program has sufficient instruction included.

   

Although the material was written for head injury survivors, it has been used successfully in other centres with stroke patients, geriatrics, children with and without learning disability and Alzheimers sufferers.