Neuropsychology

Neuropsychological Rehabilitation of Memory Program

 

As a result of traumatic or acquired brain Injury Neuropsychological Rehabilitation is a treatment modality, ideal for adults with mild to moderate brain injury, who have sustained emotional, cognitive and behavioral impairments caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI), hypoxia, stroke, Alzheimer's, or Dementia. The Neuropsychological Rehabilitation program consists of two distinct elements: Psychological Assessment and Treatment.

 

Neuropsychological Assessment

 

Before a specific treatment can be used the patient will likely need to have a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment performed.  This will help to determine the extent of injury and to understand as completely as possible the strengths and weaknesses of the patient.   A Neuropsychological assessment is a comprehensive evaluation of an individual's thinking and learning style.

 

Neuropsychological Assessment address a variety of medical illnesses such as:

 

  • AD/HD

  • Dementia

  • MCI-Mild Cognitive Impairment

  • Concussion

  • Brain Injury/Stroke

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Medication Management

  • Epilepsy

  • Mood Disorders

  • Occupational Medicine

  • Other NeuroPsych Conditions

 

Most Neuropsychological Assessments will address such cognitive issues as:

 

  • Composite Memory

  • Verbal Memory

  • Visual Memory

  • Processing Speed

  • Executive Function

  • Psychomotor Speed

  • Reaction Time

  • Complex Attention

  • Cognitive Flexibility

 

 

Memory Treatment Program

 

Our Memory Treatment program combines two scientifically validated programs designed to maximize effectiveness:

 

  • The Ecologically Oriented Neurorehabilitaiton of Memory (EON-MEM) by Anthony Y. Stringer, Ph.D.

  • The Lumosity Brain Training Program by Kunal Sarkar, Michael Scanlon and David Drescher.  

 

 

The EON-MEM is a systematic, structured, and detailed cognitive rehabilitation program designed to help patients overcome memory impairment.  Incorporating mnemonic strategies and written aids, the EON-MEM introduces a simple, practical way to improve memory.  Using the Write-Organize-Picture-Repeat (WOPR) method, along with an ingenious rhyming technique, EON-MEM helps patients recall information they need to function in their daily lives. Implemented in 21 sessions of 1 to 2 hours each, the program allows for considerable flexibility and individualization and actively solicits input from the patient in order to address his or her treatment needs.

 

Session topics include learning numbers and appointments, remembering future tasks and locations of objects, and recalling names, faces, and biographical information.  The program can be easily shortened to focus on the areas most critical to the individual.  With a strong emphasis on oral and written information, the EON-MEM is useful, practical, and designed to improve necessary skills and everyday functioning.

 

The Lumosity Brain Training Program provides clinicians with exercises to treat memory impairment. Professionals are able to utilize the program according to the clearly-defined configurations already established, or can manually control the level of difficulty and select specific exercises to meet the individual needs of each patient. Lumosity facilitates the effective treatment of a variety of neurotrauma, neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric conditions through standard and specialized programs consisting of fun and interactive games specially designed for targeted stimulation of key cognitive functions.

 

A Comprehensive Neuropsychological Assessment takes about eight hours of direct, one-on-one testing time with the examiner.  Depending on the age of the client, these testing sessions are scheduled to maximize energy and attention levels.  After an assessment is completed, it usually takes about a month to receive a full, written report.  At that time, a follow-up meeting is held with the individual to review the findings and to discuss treatment recommendations for optimal success.  In more urgent cases, an abbreviated report can be provided in an effort to maximize treatment.

 

Many Health Insurance Companies will pay for some portion, if not all, of a neuropsychological assessment. Payment from the client is expected in full at the onset of the assessment.  If desired, assistance will be provided in seeking insurance reimbursement.